“I host screening events to build community.” Kim Balstad, Austin TX
First it was Dying To Know, a film exploring the edges of human consciousness, that caught Kim’s attention years ago. When I called Kim on the phone a few months ago to hear about her hosting experiences of not one, not two, but three Gathr screening events I was expecting success stories and fruitful outreach efforts. I was not expecting a continued and sustained partnership between her personal and professional goals and our platform here at Gathr Films. Not to mention a seed that is growing into a new membership program that provides rewards and incentives for repeat Movie Captains™ like Kim.
Kim Balstad is the founder of The Aum Nation, a fast-growing online community of holistic businesses and practitioners, offering services and products that address wellness, personal growth and healing. Kim grew up in an Air Force Family and from a young age was exposed to countries and cultures around the globe. In her own words, “These travels planted the seed that has germinated into a lifelong journey of learning and spiritual growth.”
I was thrilled and moved to hear that throughout the years, Kim has looked to Gathr to find inspiration for her dreams of building community and nurturing her own spiritual growth. After her first screening of Dying to Know, Kim went on to host screenings of PGS Intuition and most recently, Mantra: Sounds Into Silence. For her fourth but not final screening, we have partnered with Kim more formally to sponsor her second annual Aum Nation Expo taking place this October 27th in Austin, Texas. As we discussed opening the Expo with one of our new films she immediately gravitated towards one in particular: The Doctor from India.
THE DOCTOR FROM INDIA is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the west in the late 1970s. Directed by Jeremy Frindel (One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das) with an elegant musical score by Rachel Grimes, and featuring Deepak Chopra, the film takes us on one man’s journey as he quietly seeks to revolutionize the way we care for our bodies and our spirits.
This film was an immediate fit for Kim’s community and we’re excited to announce the October 25th screening of The Doctor From India at Arbor Cinemas in Austin, Texas.
You have the opportunity to bring this film to your community as well. Click here to explore the theaters in your area.
“Hosting screenings through Gathr has been amazing and I have found it a wonderful way to bring like-minded individuals in our community together. I love that through Gathr I can help to bring positive, meaningful films to my area in order to help uplift others! Hosting screenings is also a really valuable tool to help increase visibility for your organization, club, business, etc. I love being a Gathr Movie Captain!”
-Kim Balstad, Austin