Screenings of The Great Transmission

We are excited to announce our 2016 and 2017 screenings of The Great Transmission. This page will be updated as more events are scheduled. 


February 18 – June 10, 2017 Berkeley Art Museum

February 19 & 20, 2017Sedona Film Festival 

March 4, 2017 — Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

March 8, 2017 Fowler Museum at UCLA 

March 26, 2017 — Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Germany)

May 19, 2017 — Nice International Film Festival (France)



April 18-24, 2016Albuquerque Film and Music Experience 

June 18, 2016Maui Film Festival 

July 1- July 3, 2016 — Academic conference in Bhutan, “Tradition and Innovation in Vajrayana Buddhism: A Mandala of 21st century Perspectives,” held by The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research —

August 26, 2016 — Lucasfilm in San Francisco — Event details

September 14, 2016Rubin Art Museum in New York

September 24-27, 2016 — All Lights India International Film Festival / Winner Best Documentary Film 

September 26, 2016 — Balinale (Bali International Film Festival)

October 1, 2016 — Buddhist Film Festival Europe

October 15, 2016 — Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles)

October 20, 2016 — Cinecenta Films (Victoria, BC)

November 6, 2016 — Berkeley Video & Film Festival (Berkeley)

November 10, 2016 — Cinema Odeon Firenze (Florence) 

December 4 & 11, 2016 — Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art (Staten Island)

December 2016 / January 2017Bowers Museum in Orange County (date tba) 


Albuquerque Film & Music Experience 2016

We are excited to announce that The Great Transmission has been selected to screen at the 2016 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, April 18-24, 2016!
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The Great Transmission is scheduled for:
Saturday, 4/23 @ 10:00am
South Broadway Cultural Center
The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) brings filmmakers, musicians, artists and visionaries together to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaborate into the future. Learn more.

Thank you to our food and wine donors

Many thanks to the following restaurants and wineries for their generous donations towards our event on November 13th, 2015! Click on the logos to visit their sites.














Taste of the Himalayas





Royal Rangoon (formerly Rangoon Super Stars) 







Hobo Wine Company






Rock Wall Wine Company








Miyoko’s Kitchen

Private Screening of The Great Transmission

This screening is a private event and fundraiser celebrating the completion of the film. We thank you and look forward to showing you what we have created together with your support.

Please purchase your tickets in advance for

A private screening of The Great Transmission
on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 6pm 

Documentary film The Great Transmission explores the remarkable journeys Buddhist knowledge has made in the course of its 2,500-year lifespan. It meditates on the fragility of knowledge in the face of global events and asks the crucial question: What is the future of this ancient wisdom?

Browse innovative exhibits, enjoy hor d’oeurves and small bites served with fine California wines, then view the film, followed by a short Q & A with the Director and the Guna Foundation team. Thank you to restaurant partners Dosa in SF and Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley for their contributions to the evening.

The event is held at the spectacular Autodesk Gallery, a unique venue in a landmark San Francisco building. It celebrates the power of superb design and showcases innovative, cutting-edge projects created with the assistance of technology. It was named a top destination by Wired Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Non-profit film studio Guna Foundation is the grateful recipient of Autodesk software, making possible the computer-generated imagery created for The Great Transmission. Guna Foundation has a strong educational mission to open up the treasures of Tibetan Buddhist culture to the general public. Its first two films have shown on local PBS stations across the country.


Friday, November 13th, 2015


6:00 pm — Doors open with time to browse the Gallery exhibits
7:00 pm — Film starts
8:00 pm — Conversation with the Director and Guna Team


Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street, Landmark Building, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Getting there: 

The Autodesk Gallery is conveniently located near the Embarcadero BART station. We highly recommend public transportation, however hourly parking is also available at the Rincon Center (on Spear Street between Mission and Howard) and 75 Howard Street (one block south of One Market, between Spear and Steuart Streets).

Suggested donation: 


Of your donation, $25 is tax-deductible.

Hor d’oeurves and small bites will be served and complimented by fine California wines: 

Thank you to our restaurant partners, Dosa in San Francisco and Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley for their participation and support.






View all contributing restaurants and wineries.

RSVP strongly suggested: 

Please RSVP via Eventbrite or contact us at (510) 809-1553 or
We cannot accept cash at the event.  However, paying by credit card or Paypal will be possible.

We would love it if you spread the word about our event, and bring your friends to the screening!

Learn more: 

2014 Berkeley Video & Film Festival

Prayers of the Ancient Ones has been selected to screen at the 2014 Berkeley Video & Film Festival, which runs from October 30 to November 7th! Please join us for the November 2nd screening of our film in Downtown Berkeley.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 2nd at 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 General, $5 Students & Seniors
Location: 1939 Addison Street, located in the Downtown Berkeley Arts District
General info: Please see the Screening Schedule on East Bay Media Center’s website or call them directly at 510.843.3699 if you have any questions


The Campaign


Dear friends,

Over the past few years Guna Foundation has produced two successful documentary films: Light of the Valley and Prayers of the Ancient Ones. Now we’re getting ready to tackle a challenge greater than anything we’ve tried before.

We have begun a new film, The Great Transmission, using 3D animation and state-of-the-art visual effects coupled with an epic storyline. It is a venturesome project for our small but determined team. Yet the story is compelling and important. Few in the West know the story of how Buddhist wisdom spread through Asia, transforming the warlike Tibetan Empire into a land devoted to Buddhist principles. We are uniquely qualified to share a portion of the profound history of these selfless practitioners transmitting knowledge from one generation to another over the past centuries.

We have accepted the challenge of creating an epic film. We would like to ask you to help to fund our filming costs. We have hired a first class professional cinematographer to film on location in India and Nepal, capturing the beauty and mystique of their sacred places and interviewing numerous lamas, monks and nuns.

The estimated cost for filming is $50,000. We begin filming in a few weeks and our deadline for raising funds is October 1, 2014.

Our release date is July, 2015—donate, and we’ll save you a seat at our premiere. 

We’d like to count you in—please join us in creating an amazing movie.

Barry J. Schieber & Pema Gellek


View the Preview & Making Of

See our preview created by animation and FX, along with a short interview segment about the making of. View here


Production Notes

A blog about the making of The Great Transmission, with daily updates until our October 1st deadline! Visit blog


Help us make the film

We are funded through the generosity of individuals. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail. Make checks out to ‘Guna Foundation’ and send to 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.