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Filmmakers

At Crestone Films we enjoy a collaboration amongst a number of experienced and talented professionals, some local, some living abroad.

Mark Elliott, Director, Executive Producer, “Yangsi”

Mark Elliott has been making documentary films since the early 1970’s, when he walked into Dharamsala, India, with a primitive video camera and made a film on Tibetans in exile at the invitation of the Dalai Lama. His films include ‘The Lion’s Roar’, the acclaimed portrait of the Sixteenth mark_elliott_portraitKarmapa; ‘Concert in the Sky’ featuring the high wire walker Philippe Petit; ‘Crow Dog’s Paradise’ with the Lakota medicine men Henry and Leonard Crow Dog; and ‘Eros, Love and Lies’ with R.D. Laing. He has also made a series of films, following “The Lion’s Roar”, focusing on Tibetan Buddhism, its traditions and figures. These include ‘Eye of the Land’, ‘Under the Bodhi Tree’, and the more recent, ‘Bodhisattva’ and ‘Yangsi’.

Mark’s fascination is to explore the world of visionary people through the medium of film. His films have been showed on television internationally, received glowing reviews from the New York Times to the Hollywood Reporter, and shown in the US through outlets such as The Discovery Channel, Landmark Theaters and PBS.

For the last twenty four years Mark has lived in the remote mountain community of Crestone, Colorado.

Babeth VanlooCo-Producer, “Yangsi”

Babeth is the co-founder and programming director of BOS, the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation in the Netherlands, the only Buddhist television station in the western world. A filmmaker in her own right she has directed and produced dozens of documentary films, as well as teaching at teaching at important film and art academies in Europe and the US.

Sasha Dorje MeyerowitzAssociate-Producer, “Yangsi”

Sasha has a background as a cinematographer (“Pop”, “Dancing Along the Nile”). He helped release Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint (Coffee Stain Productions) and is delighted to be working with Crestone Films on the release of “Yangsi”.

Tatjana Dorje Meyerowitz. Graphic Design.

Tatjana is both a well known painter as well as co-owner of Creative Maneuver with her husband Sasha. She brings a sophisticated and inventive eye to all of Crestone Films’ identity, as well as offering solid strategic advice.

David Elliott. Production Manager & Social Media Director

David recently graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. He manages our website, online media, facebook page, supply orders, travel bookings, and copy writing . His other interests include volunteer work and international travel. David speaks Spanish proficiently after having spent extended time in both Mexico and Spain.

Douglas Beechwood. Co-editor, Technical Director

A graduate in Photography and Media design from the University of Colorado, Douglas has worked in many arenas of the film and video production industry. He has presented numerous seminars on video technology and has designed and managed the post production workflow for many of Colorado’s most prestigious production companies.

Chuck and Theano LambOriginal Music

Chuck Lamb, pianist and composer, co-founded the group Dry Jack with which he released two internationally acclaimed albums that were cited in ‘Rolling Stone History of Music.”  For the past decade Chuck has been the pianist and composer for the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Chuck and Theanos’ music has received accolades from publications including Downbeat, The New York Times, The LA Times and Billboard. Visit their site for more information.

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What People Are Saying About Yangsi

Two things

I LOVED the movie. Thanks so much for making it and sharing it with us.

This is a film I will watch again and again

I thought this a well directed and edited film. Lovely referencing and images of HH.DK. along with the new incarnation taking us through to the Yangsi in the present day. Also good bonus material. Really heartfelt interviews with H.E. Rabjam Rinpoche,Matthiue Ricard and the Yangsi's family.I think the film also conveyed the importance of the Yangsi receiving authentic teachings and empowerments from a line of authentic teachers.This is so important for the Yangsi to mature in to the global responsibilities that he is now taking on. This is a film I will watch again and again. Very well done and thank you for making this film.

Watching is a blessing in itself

Watching Yangsi felt like a privilege: that of sharing space and time with great beings (all the masters that we see). It is also interesting to witness how continuity goes about from one life to another. After watching, there is a sense of tranquility. Even non-buddhists will appreciate.


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