MEDITATE AND DESTROY is an 81-minute documentary about punk rock, spirituality, and inner rebellion. The film focuses on the bestselling author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, Noah Levine. Tattoos, motorcyles, and Buddha are featured in this hard-hitting look at how Buddhism has a place in the world of punks. This inspiring film opens our perception to the possibilities of finding new paths- even in our darkest hours.
This film provides an up-close look at how the driving forces in Noah’s life changed from violence, addiction and rebellion to taking on the role of dedicated meditation teacher and community leader – an individual whose candor inspires others to integrate Buddhist teachings of nonviolence and inner peace with a Western lifestyle.
Similar to punk culture’s non-conformist attitude, Buddhism has long been seen as a tradition that goes “against the stream”. The film’s visual aesthetic reflects this similarity. The film employs motion graphics reflecting the punk aesthetic that are complemented by an experimental movement through the various scenes exploring Noah Levine’s past and present life.
A 3-minute animated back-story (called ‘machinima’) created in the virtual world of Second Life fleshes out the cutting edge style of the film.
In addition, MEDITATE AND DESTROY features an engaging punk rock soundtrack and live performances by seminal punk bands Good Riddance and Bold. Interviews include renowned Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield, Stephen Levine and Ajahn Amaro.