Mark Allan Kaplan
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About Me:
I have danced many dances within this world of form, including that of student and teacher, artist and researcher, healer and patient, spiritual seeker and spiritual guide, theorist and practitioner.

For most of this multi-domain dance I have been a filmmaker, having made my first film when I was 16 years old. Prior to this I began my lifelong experimentations with various forms of artistic expression, from drawing and painting, to photography and architectural design, to writing and poetics. My early explorations in these artistic domains were deeply driven by my search for a way to speak without using my speaking voice, since I was haunted by a severe stutter through these formative years.

When I created and projected my first film, I knew I had finally found my voice. This lead to my sojourn away from my Midwestern home to California for film school, where I learned the craft of filmmaking from some of the great Hollywood masters. I made several award-winning films and graduated with a B.A. in Motion Picture and Television Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts; and an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Directing from the American Film Institute. After film school I worked professionally in the entertainment industry as a motion picture producer, writer, director, editor, researcher, and consultant.

During my quest through film school and the entertainment industry, I also began my search to heal my stuttering, which lead me down the paths of psychology and spirituality. Eventually, my life-dance took me back to school for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; and a Certificate in Integral Studies from Fielding Graduate University and Integral Institute.

Along this path I have had the grace to have studied with many great teachers and mentors; conducted and published personally transformative research on the transpersonal dimensions of the cinema and the experience of divine guidance across religious traditions and cultures; and had my creative works recognized with various awards and honors, and exhibited in schools, colleges, festivals, conferences, expositions, theaters, and broadcast media around the world.

My current dance within this world of form is that of an Integral artist, filmmaker, scholar, and practitioner. As part of this dance, I am currently exploring various applications of Integral Theory, including the research and development of an Integral approach to cinematic media theory, development, production and distribution. I was recently honored with the 2008 Integral Life Award from Integral Institute in recognition of this work.
Conscious Creativity means...
To bring full awareness and presence into the act of creation, and opening myself to becoming a receptacle and channel for the Higher Creative Self or Force.
My vision of the future:
To serve the advancement of human evolution through my creative acts and everyday beingness in the world; and to assist others in this conscious creative journey.
I am offering (services):
Integral Media Consultation

Current Projects

A Nondenominational Research Project Devoted to the Study and Advancement of the Experience of Divine Guidance Across Religious Traditions, Cultures and Domains of Experience.

A Research Initiative Exploring the Application of Inter-Spiritual Practices for the Promotion of Inner and Outer Peace.

A Research Initiative Exploring the Application of Integral Theory to Cinematic Media Theory and Practice.

THE TRANSPERSONAL CINEMA PROJECTA Research Initiative Exploring the Transpersonal Dimensions of the Cinematic Arts.

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Announcing a Course in Meta-Movieology

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 5:00pm

Announcing the Online Exhibition of my Integral Video "The Pond" on the Integral Life Art Gallery

This month Integral Life Art Gallery offers their first presentation of video art. The first gallery in this…


Posted on December 17, 2013 at 8:02pm

Integral Cinema Studio Dialogue with Ken Wilber (Part 1)

Announcing the Online Publication of Part One of 


Posted on August 29, 2012 at 3:17pm

Integral Acting Q&A

The following in an edited transcript of a Q & A session I had with a young actor I am working with who was interested in my Integral Approach to acting:

Question: What’s the best way to know one’s self as an actor?

Answer: That is a big and tricky question; one that every acting theorist, coach, etc. would answer a little…


Posted on October 7, 2011 at 4:03pm

The Integral Cinema Studio Series at

Announcing the INTEGRAL CINEMA STUDIO article series at Integral Life...
The Integral Cinema Studio at Integral Life is an article series on the application of Integral Theory to cinematic media theory and practice.…


Posted on June 18, 2011 at 8:00pm

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At 1:58pm on October 8, 2011, Jahna said…
Hi Mark - So wonderful to meet you - am excited to learn more about your dance and how you're 'moving' now!  Much peace, Jahna
At 11:53pm on February 13, 2011, Joanne Warfield said…

Thanks for connecting mark.  i look forward to digging in deeper. This is a perfect community to bring your forward.

See you soon,


At 12:47pm on August 25, 2009, Nijole Sparkis said…
Welcome to our wonderful community! I acknowledge your deep work, and the interesting paths you have journeyed on.
Blessings to you,
At 11:11pm on August 24, 2009, Kate McCallum said…
Your work exhibits the depth and understanding of the diversity and wisdom of your studies! Beautiful. So great to have discovered you here. Welcome!


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