This is our introduction to our film project. Nature as Medicine will be a beautiful, inspiring documentary examining the healing role of Nature from various perspectives. The film will engage with inspiring innovative people, projects and perspectives interwoven with aspects of a therapeutic cinematic nature journey to help us tune into nature, relax and help us digest the information we are receiving.
- We are exploring cultural, creative, spiritual and everyday ways of connecting with Nature for healing benefits.
- We will interweave interviews with researchers, health professionals, educators, indigenous elders, artists and patients to explore the perspectives and points at which these worlds touch.
- We aim to inspire wider understanding, learning and promote discussion about our health and well-being.
- We want to inspire positive change in the educational and health systems that currently support us.
This film will provide a valuable resource of simple, cost-effective strategies and innovations that can be used and taught in Health, Education, work settings and for wider use in society by individuals and community groups.
If you know someone who might want to be involved or to support this project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a contribution to help support us make this cinematic documentary, please send it by PayPal to email@example.com and we will send two short therapeutic Nature films for download as a thank you. These films are very effective for reducing stress and anxiety and for helping with sleep. They have been used successfully in the NHS for eight years.
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We are two film-makers with over thirty years combined experience of filming and engaging deeply with Nature. We have each felt Nature's role in our healing process in significant ways, and we want to explore and share this phenomenon. Our skills, experiences and knowledge uniquely equip us to engage deeply with this topic. We have already started filming and the relationships we have formed with some of the health and Nature specialists, and indigenous elders, give the project a strong start. We are drawing on Mark Minard' s seventeen years working with powerful Nature imagery and Bryony Rogers' twelve years work in community documentary film-making and broadcast television research. We will also draw on our extensive therapeutic work in the arts both inside and outside of mainstream health care and our own personal experiences.
Mark Minard (Director and Camera)
Mark has been creating and bringing specialist nature films into hospitals, prisons and school environments for seventeen years, with great positive effect. These films are available on vimeo.com/markcameronminard and movingessence.net. This work was nominated for Nursing Times award in 2014 and in 2017 is a Nominated finalist in the Excellence in Supply Awards by the North West NHS. He films in cinematic 6K quality.
Mark also has extensive skill and experience in therapeutic arts and health including movement, sound and imagery and sensory awareness. He has worked with community groups of diverse ages and abilities. He has worked and trained with many experienced practitioners and researchers in these fields in UK, New Zealand and USA.
Mark is also trained and has worked as a scientist, design engineer and teacher.
Bryony Rogers (Director and Producer)
Bryony trained at UCL and London Film-makers Co-op and worked in television research and production for several years. She successfully ran Light Productions, a community and art film-making business, for six years, in Lancaster, UK. This company produced twenty eight short documentary, fiction and dance films, and was awarded Film Council funding on three occasions. Two of Bryony's personal films have been awarded prizes and commendation, at the VIVA Film Festival in London and the Vendome Film Festival. She had to stop working because of ill health in 2006, but has started film-making again in recent years.