SOURCE: Lombard PR

June 21, 2008 19:01 ET

"Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut," Directed and Narrated by Anna Wilding, Launches Buddhist Film Series at the Film Center Cinemacafe in New Mexico

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 21, 2008) - "Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut," Directed and Narrated by Anna Wilding, is launching the Film Center Cinemacafe Buddhist Film Series in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 6, 8, 10, 2008.

Spokesperson and Program Director for the Film Center Cinemacafe stated, "We are proud to be showing this beautiful and moving film and praise the filmmakers for their incredible work."

Director Anna Wilding said that she is "honored Buddha is screening in Santa Fe. My film is a joyous and an apolitical film. However, I hope that with the film screening now, people will gain a greater insight and understanding into the lives of monks throughout Asia and the rest of the world, many of whom are going through a difficult and turbulent time right now."

Ms Wilding cited Sri Lanka, Tibet and Myanmar as regions where there has been much recent civil unrest and injustice to Buddhist monks -- places where "there could be peace." Ms Wilding added that what is also of import, but a matter that does not appear to be discussed or bought up in negotiations, is the history of Buddhism and its various branches and how they were formed within countries. Ms Wilding says that perhaps it is now time for the Buddhist monastic community to pull together and support each other as one, and also look at issues within their own communities.

Anna Wilding spoke on an industry panel at the American Pavillion in Cannes 2008 on the topic "Can you be green and proper in show business." While there she also met with monks direct from Myanmar who were holding press junkets. Ms Wilding's film features monks from Thailand and Sri Lanka.

"Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut" was shot partly in New Zealand on a remote monastery and produced by Carpe Diem Films LLC. Wilding worked with Emmy Award winning composer Charles David Denler on the music. The "inspiring and fascinating" film was selected into the Kids FIRST Film Festival organized by the American Coalition for Quality Children's Media. It was selected for the International Festival of Films on Tribal Art and Cultures held in India-IFFTAC, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Screening Series, the Calgary Buddhist film series and cinemas in Los Angeles and New Zealand.

"Buddha Wild" has been called "beautiful" by Moving Pictures Magazine 2008, and "a must see film" by Splash Magazine 2008. It garnered critics pick in LA Weekly Magazine 2007, and Union Jack Newspapers said, "Anna Wilding Captures Our attention." Moonrise Movies Magazine in Canada said it was "delightfully sweet and accurate."

Ms Wilding combined with Rialto Cinemas Australia to give the proceeds from the first public rough cut screenings to the Tsunami Relief Appeal in Thailand. The film has been welcomed at temples in the USA and elsewhere. The film is in early limited release stages.

"Unpretentious," providing an "affectionate glimpse" and a well-judged mixture of "seriousness and humor" into the cultural and monastic lives of missionary monks, the film explores the tenets of Buddhism, celibacy, politics, the role of women in Asian society and the day-to-day lives of Theravadin monks.

"Buddha Wild" has the tag line "Wild to be one with Nature." Ms. Wilding's career spans over a decade in Hollywood, UK and Australia as writer, actress, producer and director. In 2007 Ms Wilding was thanked through her lawyers in New York for her humanitarian work on all three Lord of the Rings movies by Mark Ordesky, former CEO of New Line.