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Tiny Buddha Productions

When I was a little girl, I could watch movies for hours on end.

I would lie underneath my blanket fort and get lost in The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, and The Goonies—movies that bring the hero on a fantastic adventure far beyond the restrictive world they know.

My life felt small and limited, and not always bright or easy. Movies gave me an escape from that, and a sense of freedom within the expansiveness of my imagination.

As I got older, I gravitated toward mysteries and psychological thrillers—such as Identity, Memento, and Black Swan—movies that bring you deep into the psyche of complex minds, tempting you to try to understand what compels some people to do what they do.

I consumed these movies voraciously, addicted to the heart-pumping, adrenaline-racing journey into madness. I was always looking to pierce the sheen of formality that prevents most of us from disclosing the darkest parts of ourselves. Shining a light on the darkness somehow gave me peace.

And I’ve always been a sucker for inspirational films. Watching George Bailey grapple with his fears and finally grasp his worth, seeing Andy Dufresne hold onto hope against seemingly insurmountable odds and fight his way to freedom, following Will Hunting as he heals from childhood abuse and embraces his full potential—these journeys awakened something powerful within me, a part of me that wanted to believe that I too could triumph, despite my struggles and my demons.

Through it all, I’ve maintained a passion for the hero’s journey, modeling my life after Forrest Gump—moving from one distinct chapter to the next, trying to hold onto my innocence, my goodness, and my belief in the goodness of people.

In college, I thought I would one day be a storyteller. While studying acting and writing, I envisioned penning and starring in my own plays or movies. And I was slated to spend my final semester in Los Angeles, where I’d intern for a network or studio.

As often happens, though, life had other plans.

After struggling for a decade with depression and bulimia, I spent my senior year in and out of hospitals. And I received my diploma months after my class graduated, since I was in a long-term residential treatment center when my peers were donning their caps and gowns.

I lost my confidence somewhere in or around that journey through crisis.

I don’t think it was missing opportunities for involvement in college, or missing out on the type of friendships you form when you’re not completely consumed by self-destruction, or missing my graduation.

No, I think it was in the several years that followed, when I was no longer slowly dying but too afraid to really live. When I tried tons of different career paths because I was too scared to do the things I really wanted to do. When I convinced myself I wasn’t good enough to succeed in theater or film.

I don’t regret those years, though. Those years of shame and hiding led me directly to this site, where many of us have healed and grown together. And I am so grateful for, and proud of, what Tiny Buddha has become.

But now, seven years after immersing myself in the world of self-help—after spending all of my adolescence and twenties traveling a path of recovery—I am ready to do what I’ve always wanted to do.

I want to create films that inspire people to see life through a new, more empowering lens.

I want to create characters that touch us, inspire us, reveal parts of ourselves we didn’t know were there, and help us better understand each other.

And I want to do it with you, if you want to work with me.

I am back in Los Angeles after spending three years away, and I am now in the beginning stages of creating Tiny Buddha Productions, in partnership with my fiancé, and fellow screenwriter, Ehren Prudhel.

Our goal is to start with a series of inspiring short films, and to eventually write and produce our own feature film for theatrical release, possibly crowdfunded.

We both bring a unique set of skills and experience to the table—along with the reach, and hopefully the support, of the Tiny Buddha community.

I have a deep passion for this dream. And to be honest, I’m a little scared of what I don’t know. But if the past has taught me anything, it’s that there’s nothing wrong with being at the beginning of a journey.

The opening image is just as important as the final one. It’s the promise of what’s to come. It’s where the magic starts. And I am ready to begin.

Want to join me? Read more here and fill out the form if you’d like to get involved. Have any advice, feedback, helpful resources, or contacts to share? Email me here.

This is an entirely self-funded venture at this point, so I can’t promise it will be lucrative—at least not at first. But I can promise it will be an adventure, that there’s limitless potential, and that I’m fully invested in taking this as far as it can go.

Thank you for reading, for being part of this community, and for joining me on this journey!

Update: Our first film is now live! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Bob Miglani

    Great idea, Lori. Stories inspire the best out of us. Looking forward to seeing this come to life. Kudos!

  • Shannonface

    Oh Lori! I admire you so much. I’m finally moving forward with a life that I want. You know how long I’ve struggled. Moving forward is hard. You inspire me. I absolutely want to be involved in this project! It would be a documented part of my healing (and living) process. How wonderful.

  • Awesome Lori! So excited for you diving into your passion and life venture. My years spent acting were such an incredible experience, and now diving behind the camera has been truly meaningful. Knowing your personality and tackle-everything-as-it-comes attitude, I can’t wait to see the beauty you create in this medium. Going to be on the look out for ways to support your dreams in the months to come. Lots of love. XO.

  • Thanks so much, Bob! I couldn’t agree more. I appreciate the support. 🙂

  • I’m so happy to hear that you’re moving forward with a life you want, Shannon! And I would love to have you involved. 🙂

  • Thanks so much, Garrett! I appreciate your encouragement and support. What are you working on these days?

  • Super excited by this Lori. Sounds like such a perfect fit for you – what you’ve been able to do via words, you can now do in film? I think people are desperately waiting for movies that inspire and encourage while entertaining as well. I can’t think of a better person to make these kinds of films. Best wishes on your new venture – can’t wait to see more!

    Tiny Buddha Productions – from your computer screen to the big screen:)

  • Thanks so much, Vishnu! What a wonderful, kind comment. I really appreciate you. =)

  • Hi Lori! Currently focusing on personal performance pieces and travel videos as I get used to transitioning from still to video (and the entire editing process this entails – woof!). Hope to start shooting a collaboration with a fitness friend about women’s body image shortly… also most interested in stories that allow us to explore tales of individual strength and courage. Loving the documentary process, though I know there’s some darker exploration of human fragility within a more fully scripted project for me in the future. Until then, I’m learning, and learning… and learning! It’s a lot, isn’t it?! It’s exciting, and daunting… but most importantly, I’m allowing it to push me to new heights of creativity which is exactly what I’m wishing for you. We’ve just got to follow the muse.

  • This is wonderful to read Lori! Good for you for following your passion and good for all of us as this is going to be AMAZING! xxx

  • Thanks so much, Kelly!

  • It sounds like you’re working on some wonderful, meaningful projects! I bet it’s a lot of fun to work on travel videos.

    Exciting and daunting, that sounds about right – and that’s what I hope for myself as well! This is a whole new world for me, and I feel what can only be termed “joy-fear.” I can’t wait to see here this takes me!

  • lv2terp

    FANTASTIC LORI!!!! I am so proud of you, and smiled as I go to the middle and read about you getting back to your dream and pursuing a passion! I did that for a while back, and it was so fulfilling to me!!! (happened to be acting! smile) A lifelong dream, to go for it, and know you will look back and be so happy you fulfilled a dream, can’t get better than that! NO REGRETS IN LIFE!!!! 😀 BIG HUG! I am thrilled for you, and pray you have a wonderful experience with it and you are proud of yourself for what you accomplish!!!! 😀 Will check out how I can get involved! 🙂 hehe

  • Something tells me that your joy-fear will be most parts joy! Can’t wait to see where it takes you too. Happy creating lovely!

  • Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Thanks so much! That’s wonderful that you got back into acting. I’m thrilled for you as well. =)

  • Róisín India

    It’s like tiny Buddha has a article for everything, well in my case it certainly does.

    To Lori, I relate so much to this article it’s crazy, I’ve felt like I’ve read my own feeling. Film has always been my passion, but now after graduating, rejection and all the rest, I can feel myself stalling and lacking in confidence which has left me feeling low. It is such a shame that I live in London, I would have applied without a thought. I wish you all the best and thank you for Tiny Buddha. X

  • Cloris Kylie

    I’m so excited and happy for you, Lori! I’m already sharing the video, and thank you for another venture that will change the lives of many people!

  • Thanks so much, Cloris!

  • doug

    Lori, I like and believe what Vishnu said about film and inspiring/encouraging movies that entertain. It is the classic heroes tale recipe! It never gets old and we are all so perfectly imperfect that we all need hope. We are all recovering, healing and dealing with dragons and demons while we try to make sense of it all as we grapple for the love and life we hope to experience! Success to your film company and your ventures!

  • Hi Doug,

    My apologies for the slow response! I somehow missed this before. So true – we are all healing from something and growing into new, stronger versions of ourselves. Thank you for the well wishes!