WHY IS THE RUDI MOVIE IMPORTANT?
It came as a shock to everyone when Rudi was killed on February 21, 1973 in a small plane crash in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York while traveling with three students. While many snapshots and amazing teaching pictures were taken during Rudi’s brief life, the film footage shot in 1970 remains as the only substantial legacy we have of this remarkable teacher of Kundalini yoga giving lectures, offering shakti, and teaching classes on film. To this day the film is a valuable vehicle and teaching class that students of any spiritual tradition can use to broaden their inner work and to receive Rudi’s shakti.
WHAT IS THE RUDI MOVIE PROJECT?
In 2005 the Rudi Movie Project was initiated to preserve and restore the original 16mm film for DVD with the additional intent of reclaiming never-before-seen footage. Many years before Kickstarter a grassroots word-of-mouth email campaign was started to raise the necessary funds for the out-of-pocket expenses of film transfers, necessary software & hardware, and the funds to manufacture the DVDs. Thanks to the generosity of many kind-hearted donors the finished DVD shipped in the fall of 2007!
In 2016 the Rudi Movie Project undertook a second restoration to upgrade the film and its additional material to HD. The footage was up-rezed to HD, and has received many months of intensive color correction and tweaking. The RUDI movie is now available worldwide ON DEMAND through Vimeo in gorgeous, high-quality HD playback on the desktop, mobile, tablet, and TV.