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“A DEEPLY CINEMATIC, VISUAL ODYSSEY. FOR A FIRST FILM, DENSELY PACKED WITH IDEAS AND SO ASSURED IN ITS FILMMAKING AND EXPERIMENTATION ... KENSHO IS EXTRAORDINARY."
- MELISSA TAMMINGA, SEATTLE SCREEN SCENE
“A VISUALLY STUNNING, RAVISHING WORK.”
- TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“A BEAUTIFUL AND INTRIGUING MOVIE ... A WORK OF ART.”
- NANCY ABRAMS, THE VIEW FROM THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
“THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL LOOKING FILM ... A SURPRISING BUT SOLID DEBUT BY SOMEONE I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HEAR A LOT MORE OF IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. RAIDER IS A STAR IN THE MAKING, SURROUNDED BY GOOD ACTING."
- CARLOS DeVILLAVILLA, CINEMA 365
“RAIDER EXPERTLY TRANSLATES THE MODERN SPIRITUAL QUEST THROUGH FILM WITH HUMOR AND COMPLEXITY."
- LA YOGA MAGAZINE
Sahr Ngaujah, Kaley Ronayne, Brad Raider, Kathryn Erbe, Shyaporn Theerakulstit, and Kiran Merchant in Harlem
KENSHO MOST RECENTLY SCREENED AT THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART IN NYC: JAN 6, 2017 AS THE INAUGURAL FILM OF THEIR BRAINWAVE: PERCEPTION SERIES
Mara Davi at Kensho's Rubin Screening
KENSHO'S FESTIVAL RUN WRAPPED WITH THE SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL (DEC, 2016) AFTER BEST FEATURE WINS AT BOTH THE SPIRIT QUEST FILM FESTIVAL IN ERIE, PA (MAY, 2016) AND THE EQUALITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SACRAMENTO (NOVEMBER, 2015)
THE FILM HAD ITS WORLD PREMIERE IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SEPT, 2015) WHERE IT RECEIVED THE NEW YORK SHOWCASE AWARD.
THE FILM'S WEST COAST PREMIERE WAS IN LOS ANGELES AT THE AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL AT LA LIVE (SEPT, 2015)
KENSHO WAS PROUD TO BE ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF FILMS WORLDWIDE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSCIOUS FILM CONVERGENCE MAY, 2015 IN SEDONA
More about the film:
Two-time Best Feature Film winner at six festivals, KENSHO is a visionary, existential drama and the extraordinary directorial debut of actor / director Brad Raider. The truly independent, micro-budget film is at the heart of the conscious-cinema movement and a proud partner of the International Rescue Committee, donating a percentage of net profits to their humanitarian efforts around the world.
KENSHO follows playwright turned doorman of The Bedfellow Hotel, Dan Bender (Raider), as he's reeling from the death of his little sister. In a sex-and-drug filled odyssey through the inner-connected, cultural phenomenon that is New York City, his desperate search for fulfillment reunites him with childhood love, Kate Darrow (Kaley Ronayne in a star-making performance), and ultimately, catalyzes a consciousness-expanding journey of hope and self-discovery.
KENSHO is an inspiring and intensely personal work that illuminates profound and universal questions about the nature of fulfillment, relationships, social conscience, sex, death, life purpose, and the role that self-reflection plays on the global stage.