TM is a Movement

For us at TM, making films is not just the business we are in, but an exercise in being human and interacting with the world. We like to think of Transcendental Media as a movement comprised of individuals, inside and outside the walls of TM, committed, above all else, to honest filmmaking and who have come together to impact people with their art. Since the release of Flight from Death two years ago, we experienced some incredible growth in which we found ourselves hiring more and more staff, and renting larger and larger office spaces. We were well on our way to becoming a mini media empire. However, what we would eventually learn, is that the danger of growth is becoming disillusioned by that growth and losing focus on what it is that one first sets out to do.

It’s a common struggle of artists everywhere – the balance of art and commerce. After all, how can one pursue his passions with no regard to how he will feed himself, let alone his family? In fact, isn’t the balance of pursuing one’s passions and feeding oneself a struggle common among all people? The mechanics of culture as we know it would crumble if we all began to feed our creative impulses to live and think differently. The unknown is whether or not we and our culture would survive the crumbling. We say, let’s find out.

2 Responses to “TM is a Movement”

  1. John says:

    I’ve been a janitor since 1971.

    I thought about being a janitor when I worked at Boeing as an E/E draftsman in 1966.

    After Nixon shut down the 60’s, I asked a friend what he was going to do with the rest of his life. He answered that he was going to “stay out of the way”.

    I said, “me too”, and became a janitor.

    It tied in with a Donavon lyric, “I just wanted to take a broom and sweep the bloody floor”.

    After 35 years of dancing with the grey haired lady, I tried to get a job as a janitorial supply salesman. But after relating my janitorial experiences with the owner of the supply company, he told me I wasn’t really a janitor – I was an artist.

    On my first day of business, January 10, 1973, my company was grossing $600 per month with its only cleaning contract, Capitol Hill Shopping Center.

    By the end of 1977, it was grossing $50,000 per month, cleaning buildings in a town of 20,000 people. Personally, it put me in the 70% tax bracket.

    Stories you wouldn’t believe, but basically I’m a natural born libertarian.

    I drove Ron Paul all over Montana for his rally speeches in his 1988 presidential bid on the Libertarian ticket, and gave him a 6-hour monolog of my janitorial experience. He said that if what I said were to have been transcribed verbatim, I would have a best seller.

    You guys interested?

  2. John says:

    If you’re not doing what you like to do, learn to like whatever the hell it is you’re doing, man.

    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Me.

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