SOURCE: Carpe Diem Films LLC

March 03, 2008 20:01 ET

"Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut - Wild to Be One With Nature" Screens in Manhattan for the First Time on March 19th, 2008

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - The "inspiring" film "Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut," directed, produced written and presented by actress Anna Wilding, is one of 65 films that have been accepted as a finalist into the Kids FIRST Film Festival organized by the American Coalition for Quality Children's Media. The Kids FIRST program evaluates and rates the best movies available for children and young adults. The program is backed by sponsors that include HBO, Fox, Paramount Vantage, Discovery, Starz Network and others.

"Buddha Wild" was also recently selected for the International Festival of Films on Tribal Art and Cultures held in India-IFFTAC. The film screened at 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 a "heartwarming, charming and illuminating film" and "a must see film" by Splash Magazine. It garnered critics pick in LA Weekly Magazine after a two-week stint in art house cinemas in Los Angeles.

"Buddha Wild" provides an "affectionate glimpse" with a well judged mixture of "seriousness and humor" into the cultural and monastic lives of missionary monks . The film humbly explores the tenets of Buddhism, celibacy, politics, the role of women in Asian society and the day to day lives of monks. The film screens in New York City for the first time at a special screening at Tibet House in on 19 March at 7pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at Anna Wilding will be in attendance for a Q and A following the screening. Tibet House was founded by the Dalai Lama and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and holds amongst its trustees Phillip Glass, Uma Thurman and other notable New York luminaries. Executive Director of Tibet House Ganden Thurman organized the screening.

The film, which has the tag line "Wild to be one with Nature," is the first completed film off the slate for Carpe Diem Films which recently secured a deal for a narrative feature film and has in active development in several other film properties. Ms. Wilding was thanked by New Line proxy Mark Ordesky through her lawyers for her long "humanitarian" work on "Lord of the Rings" in 2007.