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The Mandala Maker (2009)

The story of Naomi, a struggling artist, who attempts to heal herself from a past tragedy in her life by painting Tibetan Mandalas.



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Credited cast:
Courtney Hogan ...
Museum Chief Curator
The Other Person
Rude Customer
Art Professor Wade
Frank D'Amato ...
Donna McGrath ...
Emily MacMillan ...
Tom Borowski ...
Homeless Boy
Patricia MacMillan ...
Emily's Mother
Ron MacCloskey ...
RubinCafe Patron
Gregory Nissen ...
Yoga Student
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ilana Seagull ...


The story of Naomi, a struggling artist, who dares to dream of a better life. But, is there a better life in sight? Naomi, whose art career and life is seemingly headed nowhere, also has a terrible tragedy from her past that is holding her back from advancing her soul ... and life. This dark secret has overwhelmed her, and taken control of her existence. It has come between her relationship with her boyfriend, Eric, and has held her back in both social and career situations. One day, Naomi discovers the secret of Tibetan Mandalas - circular designs that psychologists - even the legendary Carl Jung, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology - will tell you have 'healing' powers in them. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Naomi. Once discovered, Naomi attempts to heal herself from this hidden tragedy by painting these very designs. While she does this, Naomi summons the courage to face her past, and walks a spiritual journey toward enlightenment. ... Written by cinematicheroes

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The most powerful healing comes from within.


Short | Drama



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4 June 2009 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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Robin Anne Phipps wound up recording two songs for the film, including the original title track, "The Mandala Maker," written by Gregory Nissen. See more »


The Mandala Maker
Performed by Robin Anne Phipps
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A Movie that everyone can relate with **POSSIBLE SPOILERS **
15 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While on the outside, this film might seem like it would appeal more to women - and the general Oprah crowd - Sam Borowski has made a film that everyone can relate to.

Directed and Produced by Borowski, it all starts with the source material - which in this case is a brilliant script - which was co-written by the director himself and Gregory Nissen.

Immediately we are introduced to the lead character of Naomi, played nicely by Courtney Hogan. A struggling artist, it would be a major understatement, to say she is not happy with her current life. And we realize that she has not only been struggling with finances and lack of a career, but with something from her past. That's where the crux of this story comes in.

Naomi, who has been dealing with expressionism - ala Jackson Pollack - one day decides to paint these circular designs that just seem to come right out of her. Known as 'Mandalas,' these circular patterns seem to bring her some form of inner peace. She soon searches for the origin of these paintings, taking her on both a physical and spiritual journey.

I don't want to say too much about the plot, as I think most people should experience it for themselves as I did. Fortunate enough to see it premiere at the SINY Film Festival, this film moved me in ways I won't even try to describe. I know others in the theater experienced it for themselves.

Also, Borowski's brilliant shots help set the tone for the piece as does the hypnotic music in the film. Not only did I recognize the shot sequence of one particular scene by the Verrazano Bridge - an homage to Saturday Night Fever as reported here on IMDb !! - but there were some interesting original shots and yes, indeed, I did recognize the framing of the final scene.

This movie will appeal to women everywhere, however, it will also appeal to PEOPLE everywhere. A true story of self-empowerment, spirituality and healing, The Mandala Maker truly is a film that everyone can relate with.

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