Dear Members and Friends,

We are very happy to share with you the news about the world premiere of Awake: The Life of Yogananda, the documentary on the life and work of our beloved Guru. The film is now nearing completion and is slated for theatrical release in the fall of 2014.

Prior to its theatrical release in cities around the world, the film will premiere at film festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. The filmmakers have begun to receive invitations to screen the film at film festivals – including from one of the most widely attended film festivals in the U.S. – and we look forward to announcing them to you in the future.

For starters, the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona – a platform for conscious cinema – has selected AWAKE as one of its documentary features, which it will screen on Friday, May 30. The screening will be followed by a panel on Paramahansa Yogananda's "How-to-Live" principles.

Earlier in April, AWAKE’s directors, Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, participated in the Esalen Inspirational Film Festival in Big Sur, California where they shared a few excerpts from the film and led a lively interactive discussion about the blessings and challenges of making a spiritual documentary.

Tickets to attend the festival screenings will be available to the public. If you would like more information about the film or festival screenings, and to join the filmmakers’ mailing list, we invite you to visit the film’s website at