Come on an intimate journey into the world of modern global shamanism with western practitioners and see never before filmed footage of ancient medicine practices…

    Each episode will follow a specific medicine person working with a specific medicine. This first pilot episode features Dr. Octavio Rettig & The Sonoran Desert Toad. More information and full cast and crew of this first pilot episode are available on the official site


    Indigenous people across the globe have used sacred plant medicines for millennia to heal, illuminate and connect them to the web of life. From ayahuasca and San Pedro in South America, psilocybin mushrooms and Salvia Divinorum in Mexico, Peyote in North America, Kambo in Brazil, Iboga in Africa, and DMT-acacias in Australia, etc., each of these psychoactive medicines needs a healer to connect them to their patients: the shaman.

    This investigative-adventure documentary show will examine not just these shamanic medicines, but the shamans that wield them. Shamans of the Global Village will be unique with a focus on both indigenous and Western men and women learning to become shamans, what drives them, what their backgrounds are, and why the role of the shaman is vital in the 21st century. If, as Marshall McLuhan said, we are now a “global village”, then we need our own healers that understand the deep power and sacredness these plant medicines can reveal.

    Journalist Rak Razam will interview and sit in ceremony, experiencing healing medicine ceremonies with Western shamans across the globe, in countries where these plants are legal. Razam will show how the modern shamanic resurgence is being passed on from indigenous tribes to these new wave medicine people working in the Global Village, in the cities and the jungles of the 21st century. The show will focus on personalities, not just medicines, to bring alive the role of the shaman in the modern world.

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  2. Transmutation is a feature documentary film about uprooting normality. It is due for completion in 2016.


    Production: AURORA-LAB
    Title: TRANSMUTATION - Feature Documentary Film Trailer - (2016)
    Writer & Narrator: Neil Kramer
    Director: Niles Heckman
    Cinematography: R. Matt Smith, Andrew Bradford, Niles Heckman
    Music: Judy Vernon "Protocol"


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  3. Volume IV in a series of experimental art films of people talking about consciousness. Voices arranged in no particular order. It's not in the interests of big business, big government, big religion, big science, or your ego for you to hear this.

    Volume I -
    Volume II -
    Volume III -

    Production: AURORA-LAB
    Title: MONOLOGUES ON CONSCIOUSNESS volume IV - experimental art film (2014)
    Featuring: Manly P Hall, Joseph Campbell, Barbara Marciniak, P.D. Ouspensky, Mark Passio, David Lynch, Natasha Leggero, Mary Rodwell, Michael C. Ruppert, Bill Hicks, Santos Bonacci, Hal Lucius Nation, Helena Blavatsky, Bruce Lipton, Paul Tisdell, Timothy Leary, Josephine McCarthy, David Lean, Rak Razam, Paul Clark, Walter Cruttenden, Lenon Honor, Danny Wilton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, William Henry, Dan Dannett, Ervin Laszlo, David Icke, Peter Joseph, Ron Rege Jr., Shonagh Home, Terence McKenna, Neil Kramer, Daniell Pinchbeck, Paul Weston, Graham Handcock, and Max Igan

    Creator: Niles Heckman

    Distribution: Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


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  4. Collection of directing work beginning in 2010:

    All work done independently through our production company Aurora-Lab:

    Music: Wes Willenbring - The Anti-Social Aesthetic


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  5. Allegorical style pitch for a feature screenplay currently titled "Luminous". A story about a young female photographer who follows her authentic path through a life-changing trip in Asia with a group of expatriate street photographers.

    Bio submission for the 2014 Project Greenlight competition:

    Production: AURORA-LAB
    Title: THE TALENT OF OBSERVATION - feature pitch (2014)
    Director / DP: Niles Heckman
    Sky Photographer: Renee Paulette
    Male Street Photographer 1: Tiago Felizardo
    Male Street Photographer 2: Michael Galante
    Female Street Photographer: Jess Dela Merced
    Male Street Photographer 3: Niles Heckman
    Sound Mix: Andrew Duncan
    Score: Keith Kenniff - Glow
    Special Thanks: Jackie Heckman
    Inspired by: Neil Kramer


    Copywrite 2014 AURORA-LAB, All Rights Reserved

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