Rob Beemer

Film maker Rob Beemer joins us to speak about film The Mindfulness Movement.

One of the interesting things about social movements is how they grow. Not just the historical conditions that lead to them getting started, but the people involved and the impact the movement has. Contemporary secular mindfulness is experiencing rapid growth, and today’s guest speaks about what it’s like to document that progression from the germination of a program at the University of Massachusetts, to world-wide phenomenon.

Rob Beemer is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning television and film documentary producer, director and writer. He has been making documentaries for more than 25 years, including several feature length documentaries and more than 200 hours of network and cable TV programming in a variety of documentary and reality genres. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently represented by the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). Rob has had many memorable experiences in his documentary career such as hovering in a helicopter inside the crater of Mt. St. Helens, landing on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War, and interviewing a wide variety of interesting people such as Nobel Prize winning scientists, best-selling authors, UFC champions, US Armed Forces members in Iraq, Kuwait and Alaska, WWI and WWII veterans, and former CIA and FBI agents, as well as filming in most of America’s 50 states and many foreign countries. In addition, Rob has worked with celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, George C. Scott, Charlton Heston, Dennis Quaid, Kenny Rogers and Gerald McRaney.

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