Comedian and actor Russell Brand will appear in a new feature-length documentary after being followed by award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner over the past five years to make the film, which will be release in 2015.
The project is entitled “Brand the Film,” and will feature his marriage and divorce from pop star Katy Perry, while chronically his “spiritual and biographical” journey to find the meaning of life, The Mirror reports. There will also be other celebrities in the film, including Mike Tyson and Noel Gallagher.
The documentary will focus on how Brand’s Messiah Complex show was influenced by his “heroes” – Gandhi, Malcolm X, Jesus and Ché Guevara – and how he seeks to “challenge and empower the people to stage a non-violent revolution.”
For more information, visit www.brandthefilm.com.
Don’t you love celebrities who use their fame for good?
Actor and comedian Russell Brand is selling a limited number of VIP ticket packages for his 2013 comedy tour to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit charity that teaches transcendental meditation to at-risk communities, including inner-city students, homeless adults and teens, abused women and veterans with post-traumatic stress, BroadwayWorld.com reported.
“I have become a better person through Transcendental Meditation, and I want to help bring this gift to others,” said Brand, who has been meditating for four years.
Currently all U.S. dates are sold out and only European packages are available. Each includes one premium reserved ticket located close to the stage; an exclusive meet and greet with Russell Brand; a personal autograph and photograph with Russell Brand; a DVD copy of David Lynch’s documentary, “Meditation, Creativity, Peace;” and copy of David Lynch’s book “Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.”
“Russell Brand is a great comedian and a great human being. I am very grateful that he is supporting the Foundation’s work to bring Transcendental Meditation to one million at-risk youth around the world,” said David Lynch, filmmaker, founder and chair of the David Lynch Foundation.
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Actor and comedian Russell Brand is giving back to his community and reaching out to those suffering from addiction – something he himself struggled with and overcome.
Brand is launching a non-profit project called Freehab, a no-cost, 12-step drug rehabilitation program co-founded with Lauri Burns, who founded The Teen Project, according to a report by laist.com
Brand explained an important part of his own recovery is “awareness of other people suffering from this disease, the symptoms of which are obvious on our streets.”
Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 in approval of the Community Development Block Grant funds of $500,000 go to the non-profit where Brand and Burns plan to renovate and expand an 88-bed facility in Sun Valley, Calif., formerly run by People in Progress, a nonprofit that went bankrupt last year, according to City News Service. Freehab also has satellite locations in Skid Row and Hollywood, operating on mostly private donations and corporate and foundation funding.
In a CBS Los Angeles report, Brand said while there are “ugly aspects to addiction,” there is also the potential for people who have been a “terrible detriment to society” to change.
“When I spent some time in downtown Los Angeles, I was astonished by the degree and severity of homelessness in our community,” Brand said in the CBS report. “Now I know, for myself, for me, it’s astonishing that we’ve learned to acclimate to this extreme condition of people who are the same as us being cast aside.”
The treatment facility will serve approximately 200 substance abuse patients and plans to open in October 2013, the report stated.
On Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Manchester, England, comedian and practitioner of transcendental meditation, Russell Brand will join Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to address thousands of young people on finding peace and purpose in their lives, Contactmusic.com reported.
Brand will serve as the master of ceremonies, and was chosen by Tibet HouseTrust officials because he turned to spirituality to beat his addictions, including drugs and alcohol.
“We are delighted to have Russell Brand as master of ceremonies for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Russell has demonstrated the power of spirituality to effect change in his own life,” the Dalai Lama’s representative for Northern Europe, Thubten Samdup, said in a statement.
“Change begins from within, from the grassroots up, one person at a time. So, in addition to meeting Presidents and Prime Ministers, His Holiness the Dalai Lama believes that it is essential to inspire ordinary citizens – especially young people – to find meaning and purpose in their lives.”