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Come, Make a MOVIE with me

by Chava Tombosky

June 7, 2012 | 9:17 pm

What is the meaning of life? Why are we all here? Is there purpose to our existence at all?  Human beings have been asking these questions since the beginning of time.  Geeze, I ask this question to myself EVERY day.  In Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, he is quoted by saying “The meaning of our existence is not invented by ourselves, but rather detected.”  Victor wrote Man’s Search for Meaning originally in German in 1946 and that book alone has sold more than 12 million copies.  Obviously Victor was on to something when he posed his own questions asking “what is the meaning of life?”  We all search for meaning and find different ways to execute it. It is a constant quest that can be detected, which is why I am so excited about my upcoming project that promises to ask this question and search for answers in a very different and innovative way.

Many of my readers know I have devoted many of my creative endeavors for the search of meaning and purpose.  For years I gave a class on this very subject inspired by my dear friend and mentor, the famous author and speaker, Simon Jacobson who wrote “Towards a Meaningful Life.”  I have worked with countless teens and adults all searching for their mission and purpose and have spoken to hundreds of people on this very subject throughout the years.  It’s no wonder Nationlight productions asked to partner with me on an incredibly daring mission to attempt to find the meaning of life using film as a medium.

Nationlight Productions, is a production company that has dedicated their projects to create positive messages with films like “Everything Must Go” with Will Farrell, “Cafe” with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and “The Buddy Story” with Elizabeth Moss from Madmen.  When Marc Erlbaum, the President of the company reached out and asked me to join his team in creating a website that would have a year’s worth of content featuring celebrities, musicians, entrepreneurs, and spiritual guides in webisodes all geared to detecting the search for meaning, I couldn’t say YES fast enough.

It’s not enough to create engaging short films and interviews, more than anything we want the world to travel this road WITH us.  Which is why, we’ve decided to create a crowdfunding campaign that will allow full audience participation in becoming searchers with us. The point of this endeavor is not to tell everyone what we think the meaning of life is, but rather to allow the world to discover it together, collectively in unison for ourselves.  When we ask questions together, when we search together, then we can find those answers together.

As Victor Frankl said in his book: “Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

In other words, we all owe it to each other to find these answers out for ourselves collectively and individually.  The hope is to partner with the world in the most incredible discovery man has ever attempted to make on the worldwide web.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you wonderful interviews of celebrities, musicians, writers and spiritual guides who will be participating along WITH YOU to get this project up and running.  The point of this project is not just the actual website or the films, but the journey we are taking together globally to galvanize eachother into making this dream a reality.  For as Derek Sivers writes in “Anything You Want,”-

“Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big ideas.”

To find out more and to get involved check out our crowdfunding page where you can become a searcher with me:


Visit our fan page on facebook too at: http://www.facebook.com/nationlightproductions

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My Big Fat Jewish life blog is featured in The Huffington Post and The Algemeiner Journal as well as The Jewish Journal. Chava has also written for Farbrengen Magazine, Soul...

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