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On the Road with Thomas Merton

by Jeremy Seifert

In May 1968, Christian mystic Thomas Merton undertook a pilgrimage to the American West. Fifty years later, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert set out to follow Merton’s path, retracing the monk’s journey across the landscape. Amid stunning backdrops of ocean, redwood, and canyon, the film features the faces and voices of people Merton encountered.

Director

Jeremy Seifert is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His feature films include The Devil We Know, GMO OMG, and DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste. His previous film for Emergence Magazine was On the Road with Thomas Merton.

Credits

Directed by Jeremy Seifert
Produced by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Narrated by Fred Bahnson
Cinematography by Jeremy Seifert
Edited by Jeremy Seifert & Adam Loften
Original music by H. Scott Salinas
Sound mixing by Ben Suliteanu

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On the Road with Thomas Merton

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In May 1968, Christian mystic Thomas Merton undertook a pilgrimage to the American West. Fifty years later, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and writer Fred Bahnson set out to follow Merton’s path, retracing the monk’s journey across the landscape. Amid stunning backdrops of ocean, redwood, and canyon, the film features the faces and voices of people Merton encountered. The essay offers a more intimate meditation on Merton’s life and the relevance of the spiritual journey today.

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