THE GRAND SELF MOVIE 

production team

THE GRAND SELF MOVIE 

production team

Gayatri Bajpai is a Writer/Director of narrative films and documentaries, as well as a Video Producer and Editor of nonfiction/reality pieces. Her most recent short film, "Halwa" which she co-directed, co-wrote and produced, won first place in the HBO APA Visionaries Competition and was licensed by HBO for all of its platforms. Her recent highlights include producing a documentary about legendary director Francis Ford Coppola's live cinema project, Distant Vision, and directing on the anthology feature film RIO, executive produced by James Franco.  

  

Gayatri Bajpai is a Writer/Director of narrative films and documentaries, as well as a Video Producer and Editor of nonfiction/reality pieces. Her most recent short film, "Halwa" which she co-directed, co-wrote and produced, won first place in the HBO APA Visionaries Competition and was licensed by HBO for all of its platforms. Her recent highlights include producing a documentary about legendary director Francis Ford Coppola's live cinema project, Distant Vision, and directing on the anthology feature film RIO, executive produced by James Franco.  

  

  Writer/director Michael Stern was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982. With roots in the music industry, he has directed over fifty music videos for artists including Julian Lennon. His recent work won a 2018 Regional Emmy Award. He is a 2012 recipient of the AMD Visionary Director award, as chosen by noted director Robert Rodriguez, and his 2012 film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" has won multiple festival awards.

Michael D. Stern (born March 3, 1982) is an American writer and director of films, television shows, and music videos as well as a music producer. He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, New York. As young as eight years old he knew he had creative inclinations, learning how to splice VHS tapes together to make his own edits of videos.

Stern attended Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station. He played guitar in a band, Blind Archer, which had serious record-label aspirations, and built its own music production studio to record its album. The band even gigged at famed New York City venue CBGB the week before it shut its doors. But as the music industry began changing in the early 2000s, so, too, did Stern's creative aspirations. He began producing music videos for local, independent artists, and found he had a talent for the artistry of filmmaking.

A highlight of Stern's career came in 2009, when he directed a music video for Julian Lennon. Lennon had written the song, "Lucy," about his childhood friend Lucy Vodden, the girl who inspired the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Vodden died of lupus in 2009.

In 2012, Stern directed a highly successful adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story "Berenice," which was screened at several film festivals. It won multiple awards, including "Best Drama" at the Cape Fear Independent Festival and "Best Thriller" at the Los Angeles iTV Festival. It also won "Best Long Island Short Film" at the Long Island International Film Expo and was nominated for the Festival Achievement Award at the Stony Brook International Film Festival.

The year 2012 was a big one for Stern. He was chosen "Best Director" by the director Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City") in that year's Visionary Director contest held by AMD. Also in 2012, Stern was a founder of The Master Shift, a nonprofit peace initiative that began with a simple film he made promoting a global meditation ahead of the Mayan calendar "rapture" that was reportedly to take place that year on December 21. The meditation had one million participants and a nonprofit organization was formed to continue the efforts. A second film made for The Master Shift, "The Ghost of Earth Day," which Stern describes as "a nonsensical short film with a good message," garnered 25 million views overnight, until its momentum was interrupted by hackers. Stern stepped away from The Master Shift in 2017 to pursue other creative avenues.

In 2018, an episode of the Fox Sports Detroit TV show "From Glory Days" that Stern directed scored an Emmy win. Later that year, he launched Awakn Studios. Awakn combined Stern's interest in esoteric philosophy with his specialty in obscure, supernatural, fantasy, science fiction and comedy genres in a way that he said "will enlighten audiences with entertainment that explores metaphysical and otherworldly topics.

"Stern, based between New York and Los Angeles, continues to produce, write, shoot and edit both his own original content and acclaimed projects for collaborators as well. 

 - IMDb Mini Biography By: B Kimball

  Writer/director Michael Stern was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982. With roots in the music industry, he has directed over fifty music videos for artists including Julian Lennon. His recent work won a 2018 Regional Emmy Award. He is a 2012 recipient of the AMD Visionary Director award, as chosen by noted director Robert Rodriguez, and his 2012 film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" has won multiple festival awards.

Michael D. Stern (born March 3, 1982) is an American writer and director of films, television shows, and music videos as well as a music producer. He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, New York. As young as eight years old he knew he had creative inclinations, learning how to splice VHS tapes together to make his own edits of videos.

Stern attended Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station. He played guitar in a band, Blind Archer, which had serious record-label aspirations, and built its own music production studio to record its album. The band even gigged at famed New York City venue CBGB the week before it shut its doors. But as the music industry began changing in the early 2000s, so, too, did Stern's creative aspirations. He began producing music videos for local, independent artists, and found he had a talent for the artistry of filmmaking.

A highlight of Stern's career came in 2009, when he directed a music video for Julian Lennon. Lennon had written the song, "Lucy," about his childhood friend Lucy Vodden, the girl who inspired the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." Vodden died of lupus in 2009.

In 2012, Stern directed a highly successful adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story "Berenice," which was screened at several film festivals. It won multiple awards, including "Best Drama" at the Cape Fear Independent Festival and "Best Thriller" at the Los Angeles iTV Festival. It also won "Best Long Island Short Film" at the Long Island International Film Expo and was nominated for the Festival Achievement Award at the Stony Brook International Film Festival.

The year 2012 was a big one for Stern. He was chosen "Best Director" by the director Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City") in that year's Visionary Director contest held by AMD. Also in 2012, Stern was a founder of The Master Shift, a nonprofit peace initiative that began with a simple film he made promoting a global meditation ahead of the Mayan calendar "rapture" that was reportedly to take place that year on December 21. The meditation had one million participants and a nonprofit organization was formed to continue the efforts. A second film made for The Master Shift, "The Ghost of Earth Day," which Stern describes as "a nonsensical short film with a good message," garnered 25 million views overnight, until its momentum was interrupted by hackers. Stern stepped away from The Master Shift in 2017 to pursue other creative avenues.

In 2018, an episode of the Fox Sports Detroit TV show "From Glory Days" that Stern directed scored an Emmy win. Later that year, he launched Awakn Studios. Awakn combined Stern's interest in esoteric philosophy with his specialty in obscure, supernatural, fantasy, science fiction and comedy genres in a way that he said "will enlighten audiences with entertainment that explores metaphysical and otherworldly topics.

"Stern, based between New York and Los Angeles, continues to produce, write, shoot and edit both his own original content and acclaimed projects for collaborators as well. 

 - IMDb Mini Biography By: B Kimball

  Maia Monasterios is an Emmy and Prism award-winning, internationally broadcast Producer/ Director with 2 decades of experience in the industry. Her work has spanned Producing for National Geographic, NBC, Travel Channel, MTV, PBS, TLC, Bravo, Discovery and Netflix. 

Maia is an activated storyteller of conscious media, passionate about telling positive character-driven intimate stories that weave mythic archetypes, inspire wonder, spark imagination and adventure while exploring the beauty and magic of the human spirit. Using Art and Media to build bridges by exploring universal themes of interconnection, unity and awakening. It is her honor to document those on the healing path of the hero's journey individually and collectively and helping to re-write the myths of our time. In that genre she has produced and developed content for Gaia TV, Amazon and Unify.org as well as independent branded content for Social Impact clients. Maia grew up with deep mystical training in spiritual mystery schools and has been mentored by indigenous shamans, Indian Yogi's, buddhist monks and psychic adepts. 

A visionary seer, healer and mystic since she was a child, she believes every person's mythic story has the potential to be the embodied transmission of exactly what the world needs to see in order to evolve the collective consciousness. Stories have the power to help us remember who we truly are, help us feel less alone and more connected to each other and to our greatest capacity individually and collectively. Stories help us remember why we are here on this Earth at this time. 

It is a great responsibility we have as storytellers to share with the world a vision of the more beautiful world we know is possible.  

  

  Maia Monasterios is an Emmy and Prism award-winning, internationally broadcast Producer/ Director with 2 decades of experience in the industry. Her work has spanned Producing for National Geographic, NBC, Travel Channel, MTV, PBS, TLC, Bravo, Discovery and Netflix. 

Maia is an activated storyteller of conscious media, passionate about telling positive character-driven intimate stories that weave mythic archetypes, inspire wonder, spark imagination and adventure while exploring the beauty and magic of the human spirit. Using Art and Media to build bridges by exploring universal themes of interconnection, unity and awakening. It is her honor to document those on the healing path of the hero's journey individually and collectively and helping to re-write the myths of our time. In that genre she has produced and developed content for Gaia TV, Amazon and Unify.org as well as independent branded content for Social Impact clients. Maia grew up with deep mystical training in spiritual mystery schools and has been mentored by indigenous shamans, Indian Yogi's, buddhist monks and psychic adepts. 

A visionary seer, healer and mystic since she was a child, she believes every person's mythic story has the potential to be the embodied transmission of exactly what the world needs to see in order to evolve the collective consciousness. Stories have the power to help us remember who we truly are, help us feel less alone and more connected to each other and to our greatest capacity individually and collectively. Stories help us remember why we are here on this Earth at this time. 

It is a great responsibility we have as storytellers to share with the world a vision of the more beautiful world we know is possible.  

  

  vanessa Morales is an actor, model, designer, and production assistant.  her creative designs can be seen globally as shared across social media platforms and in the grand self movie.  

vanessa's talents are noticed in the grand self movie a myriad of applications both in front of and behind the camera.  

She played the parts of the mean/flirty girl, the advanced yoga girl, and the woman breathing.  vanessa also co-designed the grand self movie poster and designed the dvd jacket and  postcard cover.  Her original artwork is also featured in the grand self movie.

  

  vanessa Morales is an actor, model, designer, and production assistant.  her creative designs can be seen globally as shared across social media platforms and in the grand self movie.  

vanessa's talents are noticed in the grand self movie a myriad of applications both in front of and behind the camera.  

She played the parts of the mean/flirty girl, the advanced yoga girl, and the woman breathing.  vanessa also co-designed the grand self movie poster and designed the dvd jacket and  postcard cover.  Her original artwork is also featured in the grand self movie.

  

James A Sinclair is a visionary and world leading educator on aligning with the source energy within.  He is the Producer of several award-winning documentary films, and known for, What If? The Movie, and the latest inspiring movie, The Grand Self. His documentaries have won 7 internationally recognized awards, so far.

His latest film, 'The Grand Self Movie' is an activation that harmonizes audiences higher with the Grand Self within.   his first film, 'what if? the movie' won best feature documentary at the monaco international film festival.  His other award winning films include 'the owen hart foundation: a look back' and 'for the love of children.'  

james a sinclair is the former owner of the largest talent agency in alberta, canada and the creator of 'the good news show,' that aired its pilot on 'city tv.'   he is the former head-trainer and executive director of an advanced world renowned wellness center where 'miraculous' transformations took place for participants who came from around the globe.

He was one of twelve leaders invited to speak for wesak in mt. shasta california for world peace.

fun facts: James a sinclair's first article, written at age 5, a film review, was published by the calgary herald.  he learned transendental meditation when he was 8 years young.  he was captain of his hockey team and was coached by nhl players.  he has never had a cup of coffee in his life.

James A Sinclair is a visionary and world leading educator on aligning with the source energy within.  He is the Producer of several award-winning documentary films, and known for, What If? The Movie, and the latest inspiring movie, The Grand Self. His documentaries have won 7 internationally recognized awards, so far.

His latest film, 'The Grand Self Movie' is an activation that harmonizes audiences higher with the Grand Self within.   his first film, 'what if? the movie' won best feature documentary at the monaco international film festival.  His other award winning films include 'the owen hart foundation: a look back' and 'for the love of children.'  

james a sinclair is the former owner of the largest talent agency in alberta, canada and the creator of 'the good news show,' that aired its pilot on 'city tv.'   he is the former head-trainer and executive director of an advanced world renowned wellness center where 'miraculous' transformations took place for participants who came from around the globe.

He was one of twelve leaders invited to speak for wesak in mt. shasta california for world peace.

fun facts: James a sinclair's first article, written at age 5, a film review, was published by the calgary herald.  he learned transendental meditation when he was 8 years young.  he was captain of his hockey team and was coached by nhl players.  he has never had a cup of coffee in his life.

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