New York, Los Angeles, August 3 2010 - New York-based Kino Lorber Inc. has acquired all North American rights to Brilliant Moon, a documentary chronicling the life of one of Tibet’s most revered 20th century teachers, Dilgo Rinpoche, from boutique distribution company House of Film.


The film is directed by Neten Chokling, director of Milarepa and a close student of Rinpoche, a writer, poet and meditation master who inspired all who encountered him.


Narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed, it tells Rinpoche’s story from birth to death to rebirth – his childhood, escape from Tibet during the Chinese invasion and his determination to rebuild the Tibetan Buddhist tradition far and wide.


The moving biography includes rare still and archival footage, beautiful photography from Tibet, India, the US, Bhutan and Nepal and is told in part through interviews with the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Rabjam Rinpoche and others.


Brilliant Moon is an ideal fit for both LA House of Film, which has enjoyed great success through its distribution of Milarepa, the story of Tibet’s most revered saint, and for Kino Lorber, which will offer the film through its Alive Mind Spiritual Cinema initiative.


Distribution of spiritual films of the highest aesthetic standards is an essential element for us. We are thrilled to see that there is a synergy between Kino Lorber and House of Film as two of our movies, Sunrise/Sunset and Brilliant Moon have been recently picked up by Alive Mind for North American distribution”, points out Ava B., President and CEO of House of Film, known for its strategy of “fusion” distribution to combine the latest in digital technology with traditional distribution methods.


Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is a revered teacher and we are honored to be the selected distributor for this inspirational film,” said Elizabeth Sheldon, vice president of Kino Lorber, which has a library of over 600 titles.


Brilliant Moon had its debut at New York’s Rubin Museum on August 4th in honor of the 2010 centennial celebrations for Dilgo Rinpoche.


For more information please contact Kevyn Fairchild at Kevyn@kinolorber.com (212) 629 6880 or John Whitehead at PR@houseoffilm.net (310) 777 0237