New Film on Amazon's Instant Video Service, Dearly Departed Offers Wisdom, Inspiration From The Afterlife

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Dearly Departed is a new feature length documentary with a mission to bring calm and peace to the subject of death and dying.

We continue to hear from both counselling/grief specialists and everyday people that Dearly Departed is providing calm and peace for those who watch the film.

Dearly Departed, a remarkable film that is helping bring calm to the subject of death and dying and being called a good ‘NDE 101’ by near death experience professionals has recently been added to Amazon’s Instant Video service for both streaming video rental and purchase.

A true labor of love, passion and heart, Dearly Departed is a fictional documentary, shot as though the camera was taken into the afterlife. It is a compelling, unique and universally appealing 84 minute film, which is a breath of fresh air for anyone with fears or misgivings about dying or has concerns about friends or loved ones who have passed.

In the spirit of calming these concerns, Woodland Hills, CA based filmmakers Darryl Anka and Erica Jordan had a vision to demonstrate the peace, certainty and even joy of life after death in their new film.

“We felt very strongly about making a film that could help people feel more comfortable about death and in turn allow them to enjoy their lives even more,” says the film’s Director Darryl Anka, a thirty year Entertainment industry veteran. “We continue to hear from both counselling/grief specialists and everyday people that Dearly Departed is providing that calm and peace that we saw possible from the very start.”

For years, Anka and Jordan (both Hollywood veterans, production partners in their company Zia Films, and a husband and wife team) wondered what it would be like to be able to bring a video camera into the spirit world and share stories of hope and inspiration from the other side. Dearly Departed includes provocative interviews with everyday people of all ages from all walks of life about their experience of dying and life after death.

Once Anka and Jordan had their concept, script and the support of investors, they quickly realized that, while firmly in the indie, low-budget world, Dearly Departed still had 30 sets and over 600 visual effects, including hundreds of glowing auras placed around the ‘spirits.’ Rather than raising more funds to complete these daunting tasks, Anka and Jordan understood that low-budget filmmaking is all about producing the best film for the funds you have while still maintaining quality and staying true to their original intentions behind the film. And after working on the special effects teams for mega successful films such as Ironman, iRobot, and Pirates of the Carribean 3: At World’s End, Anka knows how to deliver well made films.

Beyond the fresh perspective and conscious approach of this film, Anka and Jordan were able to attract great on-screen talent and some of Hollywood’s best and brightest production crew members due to the heart centered, soulful messages of Dearly Departed. Many of the people who participated on the film, including the various investors, were aligned with Anka and Jordan’s intention of having people associate death with feelings like comfort, peace and safety, in order to be able to relax and enjoy each and every day of their lives more fully.

The “heartchild” of Anka and Jordan, Zia Films, is an emerging production company with numerous film and television projects in development. One common tie is that many Zia Films projects are intended to bring more awareness and raise consciousness for the more than seven billion people on planet Earth.

Dearly Departed is now available via Amazon Instant Video service for $1.99 for a seven day rental and $19.99 to purchase the film. For more information about Dearly Departed, to view a trailer of the film and/or learn more about the team behind this film go to: http://dearlydeparted.ziafilms.com/dd/.

Total running time: 84 Minutes. Screener copies are available by request.

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