Dharma Goes to the Movies

With Denise DiNovi – The Big Lebowski

Feb 20, 2016

7:30 pm – Santa Monica


Our movie series  continues with The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called “the Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money — resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld..

Join producer and sangha member Denise Di Novi as she discusses the film from the standpoint of creating it and the lessons embedded in it. There is dharma in the process and dharma in the final product. Come find dharma where you never knew it was. This will be a fun and informative evening. Bring a friend.

Denise Di Novi (Producer) made her producing debut on the cult hit comedy Heathers, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She then began a long association with groundbreaking filmmaker Tim Burton, during which time she produced such diverse hits as Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and James and the Giant Peach. In 1993, she set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, at Columbia Pictures.

Di Novi’s most recent film was Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Denise has collaborated with author Nicholas Sparks on five films based on his novels including the recent The Best of Me. Her other films include What a Girl Wants, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Ramona and Beezus, Life as We Know It, Monte Carlo, and, most recently, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Di Novi has a production deal at Warner Bros. Pictures with a number of projects in development there, including Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, to be directed by Guillermo del Toro; Spark written by Michael Cunningham and A Discovery of Witches, based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Harkness.

Denise is also a long-time practitioner and is currently in Teacher Training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro. She was instrumental in starting the Teen Group at ATS and has been involved with getting Refuge Recovery off the ground.

By donation – no reservation required.

Future Movie Nights:  TBA