Award-Winning Doc Eat the Sun DVD Releases Today, May 10, 2011

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Mason is a modern day 'sungazer' and subject of Peter Sorcher’s award-winning and suspenseful documentary film that follows Mason on an unbelievable and often hilarious cross-country tour into the little known world of sungazing – an ancient practice of looking directly at the sun for a range of physical and spiritual benefits. Throughout his journey, Mason is riddled with uncertainty. Will he damage his eyes? Is the man who inspires thousands lying? Will Mason succeed in his quest to uncover the truth? This captivating documentary will challenge your deepest held beliefs.

This film was fascinating to make because around every corner my beliefs were challenged in ways that I never anticipated.

Award-winning and controversial documentary film Eat The Sun debuts Tuesday, May 10, 2011 on DVD with a Documentary Channel Broadcast Premiere to follow on Summer Solstice (June 21) at 8 pm. The film will also release on iTunes, on VOD and in specialty retailers later this summer.

Eat The Sun is the thought-provoking and dramatic story of one man’s journey into the little-known world of sungazing – a growing worldwide practice that promotes looking directly at the sun for long periods of time to derive physical and spiritual benefits.

“The entire notion sounds ridiculous because it runs contrary to the widely held belief that it’s dangerous to stare at the sun. What I discovered in making the film is how easily we dismiss other peoples’ beliefs and ideas when they differ from what we believe - and that seems like a dangerous place to be,” said Peter Sorcher, Director of Eat The Sun. “This film was fascinating to make because around every corner my beliefs were challenged in ways that I never anticipated.”

Told mostly through the experiences and encounters of its main subject, Mason, a former Olympic hopeful, Eat The Sun explores the modern-day revival of this ancient practice, interviewing people who claim a multitude of health benefits including better eyesight, enhanced vitality, weight loss and, in more profound cases, a complete loss of the desire and need to eat food.

Fueled by a lecture entitled “You can be solar powered” given by an Indian man, known by HRM, Mason’s quest to understand the truth leads him on a cross-country journey that links him to a variety of colorful sungazers - some of whom have been sungazing for over 20 years: a Hollywood lawyer, a practicing Mormon with 5 kids, a sungazing ophthalmologist and even the real life “Indiana Jones”, Gene Savoy, who founded a Christian-based church and school centered around the belief that Jesus was a sungazer. Interspersed with Mason’s journey are interviews with scientists and doctors.

Throughout his journey, Mason is riddled with uncertainty. Will he damage his eyes? Is the man who inspires thousands to sungaze lying? Will Mason succeed in his quest to uncover the truth? This captivating documentary will challenge your deepest held beliefs.

Eat The Sun is the story of one man’s struggle to uncover the truth and, ultimately, reveals the power of the mind.

Eat The Sun Bonus DVD features take viewers deeper into the journey and include the following:

  •     In-depth and one of his final interviews with Gene Savoy, the man People Magazine dubbed “Indiana Jones” in 1984.
  •     Interview with Jasmuheen, a well-known Breatharian, who believes people can be nourished by solely by light and air and thus have no need for food or, in some instances, even drink.
  •     Mason’s own 21 day experience of living by himself in a motel room and not eating for 21 days, the first 8 of which he did not eat or drink anything.
  •     Additional bonus scenes include interviews with other sungazers and doctors which offer interesting viewpoints as to why people sungaze and what benefits they derive.

The filmmakers do not recommend or endorse the views and practices concerning sungazing and fasting portrayed in this film. Anyone contemplating such behavior should seek the advice of a competent medical professional.

For more information and to view a trailer of Eat The Sun, visit http://www.eatthesunmovie.com. To request press materials, an interview or a screener, please contact diana(at)spokenmedia(dot)com.

To organize a community screening, please contact diana(at)sorcherfilms(dot)com.

Street Date: May 10, 2011
UPC: 812616022327
SRP: $24.99
Website: http://www.eatthesunmovie.com
Directed and Produced by Peter Sorcher
Co-Produced by Diana Iles Parker

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