“As a filmmaker I strive to discover the journey of formless into form,
by capturing the light that quiets the mind and opens the heart.”
In 1970 John Bush left war-time America to travel to India in search of inner peace. Over three years he lived in the pilgrimage sites of India guided by his guru Neem Karoli Baba. Now four decades later he returns as a filmmaker to rediscover this ancient world still surviving within modern India. On pilgrimage with his Indian crew, John shows an informed respect for this tradition while making it meaningful for a world-wide audience. A sudden tragedy on location deepens his personal journey.
An award-winning filmmaker based in New York, John Bush’s films have screened in numerous major festivals, theaters, and museums around the world. His documentary film trilogy of Buddhist pilgrimage in SE Asia and Tibet was broadcast nationwide as a mini-series on PBS and abroad. He began making films in 2000 after a long career as the CEO and creative force of Illuminations, a leading gift company.
He was given the name Krishna in 1971 by his guru in India – Neem Karoli Baba, introduced in Be Here Now as Maharaji.
John’s films have been official selections in scores of film festivals including competition for best documentary at Bangkok, Rome and Munich.
Endorsed by the Dalai Lama, John’s documentary feature “Vajra Sky Over Tibet” had a 68 city theatrical release, receiving critical acclaim. The film has screened as part of His Holiness’ appearance and official program in over a dozen major cities.
JOURNEY INTO BUDDHISM PBS Mini Series
Last year PBS broadcast nationwide John’s 4.5 hour Yatra Film Trilogy – Journey Into Buddhism as a three part series and it continues to play. WGBH Boston is the presenting station along with American Public Television. PBS distributes the films for home video. PBS distributes the films for home video in North America. DIRECT PICTURES is John’s production company in Lower Manhattan. Direct Pictures manages theatrical screenings, international sales and television distribution.
“John Bush’s work is eye-opening and essential if you have an interest in Eastern spirituality.”
Ty Burr, Film Critic, Boston Globe
John’s pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave, Kashmir, India, 1971, 16,000 ft.
The Dance Films
In collaboration with French-born New York choreographer Nadine Helstroffer, John Bush has created a series of eight dance films of spiritual journey that have now played in 80 festivals in 22 countries. These include the Cannes Film Festival and the Spoleto Festival, Italy. They have won numerous awards, recently the Gold Remi Award for Performing Arts, Houston International Film Festival.
John’s films premiered at Rubin Museum of Art and have screened extensively in its theater. His Asian pilgrimage trilogy had a three week engagement at Asia Society Theater. Vajra Sky played one month at Manhattan’s Angelika and Cinema Village theaters.
“John Bush sets a benchmark for integrity and compassion in filmmaking.”
National Gallery of Australia
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Asia Society, New York
- National Gallery of Australia
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Museum of Asian Civilizations, Singapore
- Seattle Art Museum
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- National Archives, Ottawa,
- Bishop Museum, Honolulu
- Portland Art Museum, Oregon
- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
- Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe
- Anchorage Museum of Art & History
- British Museum, London
- Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen
- Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena
- Rubin Museum of Art, New York