Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

With brush, ink, and rice paper, Zen painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han uses the play of light and dark to explore energy, creativity, and the art of life. On the verge of his 75th... Read more

Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude

Playful. Profound. Meditative. Deeply healing. Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude is more than just a film, it’s a transformational experience. The film begins with an exploration of creativity. Where does it come from? Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han proposes that it arises from emptiness, from that silent space that houses the intelligence prior to thought. Armed with rice paper, ink, brush, and a collection of Zen teachings and koans, he unlocks a magical door for his students. According to Alok, he teaches painting “by not teaching painting.” Instead he shows students how to get out of their own way so that “creativity happens by itself.”

Alok is truly a Zen dude and through him we discover the world of Zen. Like a performance artist, he deeply enters this space of silence preparing to paint in front of audiences and groups. Moments later, the crowd delights as his artwork appears before their eyes with a few elegant strokes of the brush.

Alok lives his life very much like he teaches his workshops: remaining open to both beauty and pain, bringing presence and acceptance to whatever arises in front of him and vowing to set endless heartaches to rest. He does it all while invoking a spunky sense of humor that keeps us smiling.

On the verge of his 75th birthday and with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his own personal history. Through his workshops and his art we share a journey of transformation that becomes possible when we are simply "present, available, playful, and not knowing."

Press Kit

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 3:00pm
Nina Menkes’ BRAINWASHED is “destined to forever change how its audience watches films." (@IndieWire) BRAINWASHED…' https://t.co/VWkHXztGr6'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 2:42pm
RT' @CompadreDan': nothing like a fresh stack of movies coming in the mail. thanks' @KinoLorber'' https://t.co/py8LhylYi7'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 1:40pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming December 20th!' https://t.co/FtSxmoY437' The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) • Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 12:06pm
RT' @Filmatique': With no apparent concern for narrative convention or boundaries of mainstream taste, Jess Franco is a consummate iconoclast…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 12:05pm
RT' @kino_cult': We love our followers!' https://t.co/E8W2sO3lrO'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 12:01pm
RT' @IFCCenter': "Revelatory. A Black film unlike any other in its time." –' @judysquirrels', Hyperallergic "Delightfully irreverent." – ' @jas…'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 11:15am
RT' @Slant_Magazine': Kathleen Collins’s LOSING GROUND considers the inequalities of the past as inseparable from those of the present. Check…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 5 2022 at 11:12am
"All but unseen for over three decades, Kathleen Collins’ LOSING GROUND was a rare instance where the matter of a m…' https://t.co/Irj5qZbMFV'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 4 2022 at 11:12pm
RT' @TheNYFF': “This is not the first time I’m showing a film at the New York Film Festival but this is the first time [I am showing one] in…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 4 2022 at 11:12pm
RT' @TheNYFF': “This movie was made during COVID times…maybe it’s still COVID times as we all [still] need a mask. It’s a movie that I love a…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com