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1/3. In the Hands of Alchemy: Art & Life of Jerry Wennstrom

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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2007

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In The Hands Of Alchemy:
The Art and Life Jerry Wennstrom www.handsofalchemy.com
Directed by Phil Lucas ("Native Americans") and Mark Sadan (Sesame Street) www.handsofalchemy.com
"When Jerry Wennstrom destroyed his art in 1979, he threw himself into the great unknown searching for a more authentic life. Walking the road of radical emptiness, the result was the emergence of a completely genuine voice, gentle, sensitive to the stirrings of the divine in everyday life, and creative beyond reasonable bounds. Wedding compassion and creativity, In the Hands of Alchemy is a rare celebration of life and the joy of spiritual surrender." - Chris Bache, author, Dark Night, Early Dawn
In the Hands of Alchemy is a portrait of artist Jerry Wennstrom whose work and life have become one -- a spontaneous exercise in joy and inspiration for all who aspire to make art out of life. Jerry Wennstrom is an ordinary man who has made the extraordinary choice to live, work and be in relationship in a state of surrender to the will of divine energy. This choice affects everyone he comes in contact with. In the Hands of Alchemy is a documentary of this choice and its effect. Written for Parabola's ";Cinema of the Spirit" festival, New York City, October 2000. The film was selected by a committee chaired by director Martin Scorsese.

In the Hands of Alchemy includes Depung-Loseling Tibetan Monks blessing a tower that Jerry built.

"There is a tremendous kind of courage that Jerry showed in the midst of the chaos and the individual loneliness of the Post-Modern world, to go his own way. It was the ultimate artistic step." -David Whyte

"In the Hands of Alchemy is a delightful film, an alchemical mixture in itself of inspiration, spirituality, art and the story of a remarkable human being." - David Spangler

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