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FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY

TFF 2016 Directed by Jenny Carchman
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY [TFF 2016]
“Are you with me?” These are telling words spoken by James Arthur Ray to filmmaker Jenny Carchman as the tale of this once-star motivational speaker begins to unfold. His meteoric rise and fall, as well as his return to the industry following his negligent homicide conviction in the deaths of three clients at a sweat lodge ceremony is more than just a story of one individual. It’s a story of hope, dreams, trust, betrayal and the quest for ‘enlightenment.’

The self-help industry is worth $11 billion dollars a year. It’s an industry that captivates those seeking happiness, release from suffering and those longing for a path and a leader to follow. James Arthur Ray for many who followed him was that leader to guide his flock. But as the story unfolds, as told by Ray himself and also by his followers, we learn that that path was fraught with danger and perhaps even greater suffering.

Through honest and candid interviews, interwoven with court footage and news archive, Enlighten Us asks the important questions, “What are we looking for” and “Who has the answers” and perhaps even the simple question “Why?”.

—Deborah Rudolph
Interests
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s)
“Are you with me?” These are telling words spoken by James Arthur Ray to filmmaker Jenny Carchman as the tale of this once-star motivational speaker begins to unfold. His meteoric rise and fall, as well as his return to the industry following his negligent homicide conviction in the deaths of three clients at a sweat lodge ceremony is more than just a story of one individual. It’s a story of hope, dreams, trust, betrayal and the quest for ‘enlightenment.’

The self-help industry is worth $11 billion dollars a year. It’s an industry that captivates those seeking happiness, release from suffering and those longing for a path and a leader to follow. James Arthur Ray for many who followed him was that leader to guide his flock. But as the story unfolds, as told by Ray himself and also by his followers, we learn that that path was fraught with danger and perhaps even greater suffering.

Through honest and candid interviews, interwoven with court footage and news archive, Enlighten Us asks the important questions, “What are we looking for” and “Who has the answers” and perhaps even the simple question “Why?”.

—Deborah Rudolph
Film Information
Year: 2016
Length: 93 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Jenny Carchman
Producer: Allyson Luchak
Editor: Seth Bomse
Cinematographer: Svetlana Cvetko, Chris Dapkins
Executive Producer: Julie Goldman, Chris Clements. Amy Entelis, Vinnie Malhotra
Composer: Scott Morgan
Supervising Producer: Courtney Sexton
Comissioning Editor: Sonja Scheider
Contacts

Print Source
Allyson Luchak
Big Pond Films
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 416 700 0411
allyson.luchak@mac.com

US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
josh@submarine.com

Press Contact
Marian Koltai-Levine
PMK*BNC
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 373 6130
marian.koltai@pmkbnc.com

Publicist
Jennifer Dargan
CNN Films
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202 515 2950
jennifer.dargan@turner.com

About the Director(s)
Jenny Carchman has been making award-winning documentaries for theatrical release and broadcast television for the past twenty years. She's produced films for PBS, CNN Films and HBO including several documentaries for Martin Scorsese. She lives in New York City.

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