directing, script, camera, production and sound
Viliam Poltikovič works as a director, cameraman, photographer, he writes books and travels around the world. His interest in and experience of transcendence has been with him since his childhood. During his adolescence, he developed an interest in scientific knowledge which led to his studies at the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague. However, he quickly became aware of the limitations of current scientific approach and after a year of study, he left for an internship at the Czechoslovak Television Prague and then to study at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) – Department of Documentary Film. After his studies, he made films on psychological and sociological issues. He focused on documentaries with spiritual themes after the social changes in 1989. He has made over 170 films to date (e.g. Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart, Soul of the East, Sarvamangalam, A Drop from the Cup of Immortality, In the Circle of Rebirth, Maestra Ayahuasca, Gate of Death, The Dalai Lama in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Out of the Darkness of the Soul… Light, Mirror of Darkness, The Story of Tantra). Many of them have been awarded at festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
editing, sound and 3D animation
Filip Záruba is one of the pioneers of 3D animation in the Czech Republic. He began experimenting with it in 1993 and at the age of 18, he created his first 3D TV jingles for the Czech Television. After studies at the Film School in Zlín, he decided to focus on his field professionally – as a cinematographer, editor, animator and creator of visual film effects, he worked on a number of commercials, films, series and music videos. He also taught 3D graphics and animation at the Department of Multimedia in Zlín, part of the Brno University of Technology. He directed the BUFO ALVARIUS – THE UNDERGROUND SECRET and BUFO ALVARIUS RELOADED documentaries that count among the many projects of the Asaya association to which Filip and his friends are devoted and under whose name lectures, conferences and workshops on transpersonal psychology, shamanism, yoga and mysticism are held. Together with Lumír Kraina, they published Czech version of The Toad and the Jaguar book by Ralph Metzner. Music is another of Filip’s great loves – as Sub.d.visionz, he was the mastermind behind the legendary Dvoika.troika crew of Ostrava and produced scores of electronic tracks. Currently, he also creates images and 3D animations in the genre of visionary art and is one of the first Czech artists to sell his works as the NFT cryptoart. More here: www.filipzaruba.com
Ostrava-based ICT entrepreneur whose companies have been successfully operating on the market for more than 25 years. He is the founder of the Asaya association in which he and his friends are involved and under whose name lectures, workshops and screenings focusing on transpersonal psychology, shamanism, quantum physics and mysticism are held. He previously co-produced the BUFO ALVARIUS – THE UNDERGROUND SECRET and BUFO ALVARIUS RELOADED documentaries. Together with Filip Záruba, they published Czech version of The Toad and the Jaguar book by Ralph Metzner.
Maok is a musician, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, but most of all a person for whom music is an integral part of his life and the most significant component of his self-expression. His unique style is easily to be recognized in his dreamy, almost mystical compositions, even without knowing a specific piece. He is a popular and regular guest at meditation events organized by well-known Czech or Slovak spiritual figures. He says about his music, “Music is an expression of freedom and love to me. It is an expression of the wonder of the creative moment in which beauty arises in order to captivate us and lead us into the colorful and ever-changing world of our Soul – or in order to stop all movement within us so that we can dissolve into a single point, the fullness of the void which is also the pupil of our eye. It can lead us into the pulsating ecstasy of the burning Heart or take us on a journey of dance and movement where we merge with our bodies within our inner rhythms. Or maybe we’ll just have a pleasant nap.”