Neil Kramer & Niles Heckman

Behind the Scenes of 'Transmutation'

July 19, 2018

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S y n o p s i s

Transmutation is a bold esoteric film with multiple layers of meaning that rewards repeat viewing for lovers of real-life mysteries. Filmed over three years and five continents, Transmutation explores personal mystical revelation amid the obstacles of mainstream culture. Sharing personal stories of individuals who have gone through profound life changes which have altered them for the better.

Writer and narrator Neil Kramer wrote the script from his own years of alchemical and hermetic practice - subjects usually shrouded in secrecy - but glimpsed on screen throughout this project. Director Niles Heckman said, “We had zero budget but lots of time, so we made the most striking and substantial artistic piece we could. There’s a lot of hidden magic in this film – literally. Also, with so many documentaries being depressing, our goal was to make one which is empowering."

Not only is this heartfelt indie filmmaking at its purest, but also an example of intentionally organic zero-marketing. The filmmakers communicated only with existing audiences via email and social media, with any wider exposure coming gradually by word of mouth. Commercial suicide? The filmmakers don’t care. Heckman said: “We honestly just wanted to play the long game and make something very beautiful and meaningful which can be watched 50 years from now and still be very much appreciated. And I believe we did. If it resonates with people who are curious about the deeper meanings of existence and seeking more, that’s wonderful.”

The feature documentary explores the rarely-seen intimacies of deeply individualistic mystical experiences of everyday reality. A roving philosopher guides us through the striking forests, coastlines, deserts, and cities of the world, inviting us to embrace the intense mystery of our own existence. Is direct personal encounter with divinity a real thing? What secrets are buried in nature’s deep places? Why has mainstream culture sought to eradicate the awakened human? Is normality really our friend?

Discover the beauty and danger of a hidden spiritual path, and meet the men and women who've transformed themselves by walking it.



B i o

Neil Kramer explores the relationship between inner development and the many social and cultural factors that influence our lives. Attention is drawn to embracing truth, confronting challenges, and transforming self. Neil shares his ideas in writings, film, audio, seminars, and individual teaching. Neil teaches a spiritual method, 'the supernal path', which he devised and cultivated over many years. Neil is also faculty at the Omega Institute in New York, where he teaches philosophy, mysticism, esoteric studies, and self development. He is a popular guest on leading alternative radio and internet shows, has appeared on TV networks around the world, and has spoken at numerous international conferences. Neil lives in Washington State, USA. He spends much of his time learning, teaching, and traveling. Neil has broad experiential knowledge of interconnected philosophical, spiritual, mystical, Hermetic, and alchemical disciplines, which he uses to formulate his cosmology and practice. He has spent time with several orders dedicated to the wisdom of the ancient world. Neil's synthesis of spiritual wisdom, fierce individualism, social critique, deep knowledge-base, inventive language, and incisive approach, has helped to earn his reputation as a widely respected figure in mystical, spiritual, and alternative communities.

Niles Heckman is the director of the feature film Transmutation and the co-creator of the documentary series Shamans of The Global Village. He is the founder of Aurora-Lab. His work in visual effects can be seen in blockbusters like Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantastic Four, Blade Trinity, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions. Terminator 3, and The Incredible Hulk. He also has a passion for street photography.























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