Chasing the Face of Buddha crowdfunding for feature length documentary

Art Buddhism around the World Buddhism in Canada Calgary Film Ottawa Thailand Theravada

April 9th, 2013
Contact: Rodney Ruel
Cell: 778-885-3462



Crowdfunding for Feature Length Documentary

CHASING THE FACE OF BUDDHA is a feature length documentary that follows acclaimed master sculptor and Buddhist, SUNTI PICHETCHAIYAKUL, as he takes on one of the greatest and most challenging projects of his career… Sculpting Buddha. In the coming year Sunti will travel across the world on an extraordinary creative journey and research expedition that will conclude with his attempt to sculpt the world’s first hyper-realistic depiction of The Buddha. Specifically, Sunti wants to create a historically accurate portrayal of the man that Buddha once was, Siddhartha Gautama, before he became The Buddha 2600 years ago. But the road to fulfilling this dream is not well traveled and some major obstacles will have to be overcome along the way, starting with the fact that the earliest known images of Buddha were not recorded until some 500 years after his death. And although he is under no illusions about the major obstacles and limitations in his way, Sunti has spent his entire career pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in art and this is the project that he’s felt compelled to pursue since first discovering his remarkable gift as a young child.

Recently we traveled to Thailand and Nepal to film the beginning of this story and we are now seeking assistance to continue capturing Sunti’s unique journey so that we can complete the film and share it with a worldwide audience. Please visit our crowdfunding website,, where donors, both individuals and organizations, can become a part of this project, learn more about the film and find out what this funding will support. Donors will receive special exclusive gifts such as copies of the completed film, limited edition artwork of the completed Buddha sculpture, updates from the film shoot and a “pay it forward” option where we will use the proceeds of the film to match or double their donation for a charity of their choice.

About Us:
We are a filmmaking team based out of Calgary and Ottawa, Canada who have been working together ever since we first met in film school over a decade ago. Since then we’ve teamed up on various films, our most recent projects including the documentaries For The Love Of Elephants and Music Is The Medicine. Together we bring a wide range of skills and experience to the table and strive to tell unique, dynamic and socially conscious stories that have a positive impact on the world around us. To learn more about us please visit our website,

Media Contact: Rodney Ruel, Producer

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