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.
Website:
http://markallankaplan.com
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

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

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

THE INTEGRAL CINEMA PROJECT
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…

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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 


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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…

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Posted on October 7, 2011 at 4:03pm

The Integral Cinema Studio Series at Integral+Life.com

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.…


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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,

Joanne

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,
Nijole
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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Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Announcing a Course in Meta-Movieology

MetaIntegral Academy is excited to offer you a new 8-week course created and facilitated by Mark Allan Kaplan. It's called Meta-Movieology and it starts next month. If you are a movie enthusiast and into integral and evolutionary approaches to personal growth and development, this course is…See More
Apr 24, 2014
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

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 medium is from Mark Allan Kaplan, the pre-eminent theorist and practitioner of integral cinema, who has produced on Integral Life a remarkable series of articles titled “…See More
Dec 17, 2013
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Integral Cinema Studio Dialogue with Ken Wilber (Part 1)

Announcing the Online Publication of Part One of  INTEGRAL CINEMA STUDIO:  A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE CINEMA EXPERIENCE  An Audio Dialogue Between Ken Wilber and Mark Allan Kaplan  Exploring the Application of Integral…See More
Aug 29, 2012
Jahna left a comment for 'Mark Allan Kaplan'
"Hi Mark - So wonderful to meet you - am excited to learn more about your dance and how you're 'moving' now!  Much peace, Jahna"
Oct 8, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

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…See More
Oct 7, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

The Integral Cinema Studio Series at Integral+Life.com

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.Integral Theory is a metatheory that offers several perspective-taking frameworks or lenses of perception through which we can perceive, experience, and integrate the…See More
Jun 18, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Communicating Meaning Through Art

As an artist of many different mediums (film, drawing, text, photography) I can honestly say that on one level it feels like a miracle when a viewer understands my work in the way that I intended it. And there is often another miracle, when the viewer sees something in my work that I did not consciously intend,…See More
Jun 4, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

The Birth of Integral Cinema

La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928)The term integral cinema was first used by French avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac in the 1920s. Dulac employed this term to describe cinema that utilized the natural inherent language of the…See More
May 21, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Notes on Transcinema

 There are two uses of the term “transcinema.” One is used to refer to films about transgender issues and is usually spelled “trans-cinema;” the other usage, spelled “transcinema,” refers to creative works that use cinematic expression as part of a hybrid creative work, usually a combination of live performance and…See More
Apr 10, 2011
Joanne Warfield commented on the blog post 'Toward an Integral Cinema'
"Thank you for adding this great topic Mark, really timely. Best, Joanne"
Feb 8, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Toward an Integral Cinema

Announcing the publication of…Towards an Integral Cinema: The Application of Integral Theory to Cinematic Media Theory and PracticeBy Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D.ABSTRACT: Germaine Dulac’s “integral cinema movement” of the 1920s and her integral cinematic work, La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928), are analyzed from a…See More
Jan 29, 2011
Mark Allan Kaplan posted a blog post

Transformative Creation States

 I have been researching what I call transformative creation-states for several years now. By this I mean the use of spiritual, transpersonal, and integral approaches for creative expression to induce altered states of consciousness in order to intentionally convert the creative act into a deeply transformative…See More
Jan 12, 2011
 
 
 

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