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JOHN BUSH Filmmaker on location


A Film Trilogy

Art Museum Engagements:

Rubin Museum of Art, New York • Museum of Fine Arts Boston • Asia Society, New York • National Gallery of Australia • Art Institute of Chicago • Museum of Asian Civilizations, Singapore • British Museum, London • Seattle Art Museum • Cleveland Museum of Art • National Archives, Ottawa • Bishop Museum, Honolulu Portland Art Museum, Oregon • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco • Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe • Anchorage Museum of Art & History • Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen • Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena • National Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


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JOHN BUSH with his guru NEEM KAROLI BABA Vrindavan, India 1971

“The whole world is my home, all are my family.
Love everyone, feed everyone.”




“A visionary in the truest sense, John Bush
patiently draws the viewer into his vision.”

Perry Garfinkel, Huffington Post


An award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual artist based in New York City, John Bush began making films in 2000 after a long career as the CEO and creative force of ILLUMINATIONS.

John's films have been theatrically released, screened in leading museums around the world, and broadcast nationwide and abroad as a miniseries. His films have been featured in scores of festivals including in competition for Best Documentary at Bangkok, Rome, and Munich film festivals.

Previous work includes THE YATRA TRILOGY: DHARMA RIVER, PRAJNA EARTH narrated by SHARON STONE, and VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET which received the blessing of the DALAI LAMA and played during his official appearances in a dozen cities.

PBS renamed The Yatra Trilogy as JOURNEY INTO BUDDHISM and broadcast it nationwide as a 4 hour prime time mini-series on Buddhist pilgrimage in Southeast Asia and Tibet. The series was also broadcast in Europe, Australia, and South Africa.

AMAZON PRIME VIDEO now features JOURNEY INTO BUDDHISM offered by PBS as a three episode four-hour-long Streaming Series. Each of the episodes is a feature length film.

John has worked in collaboration with french-born, New York City choreographer NADINE HELSTROFFER on a series of eight dance films of spiritual journey. The dance films have now played and received awards in over 100 festivals in 28 countries including at Cannes, Spoleto, and The American Dance Festival.

INDIA PILGRIMAGE, now in post production, is his latest film of transformative journey.

"As a filmmaker I strive to deepen the
journey by capturing light that quiets
the mind and opens the heart."   

John Bush

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RAM DASS & JOHN BUSH Friends for 50 years Maui, Hawaii 2016

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NADINE HELSTROFFER Choreographer & Dancer Udaipur India