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MARCH 16, 2014 • ISSUE 245

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MA in film student Marc Baraka Strauch


Marc filming Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Mahasamadhi in 2008


Interviewing MUM students for his final MA project


Working with a classmate

Marc Strauch — Media for Positive Change

Marc Strauch has been actively involved in film and media since his first photography show at the Brooklyn Museum when he was 15 years old. As a teenager, he developed a passion for environmental issues and social change, so he studied environmental science, public policy, and city planning, earning a graduate degree in those fields. He worked in city planning in New York City and then used his communication and strategic planning skills in the area of technology marketing, working with companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Tata, and Wipro, as well as co-founding three software companies and helping several clean and green technology companies go to market.

Marc has been able to incorporate media in his successful 20-year business and strategic marketing career, producing corporate videos and broadcast TV commercials for his clients along with advocacy and short-form documentaries.

Using a wide range of skills in multiple areas of interest has been a cornerstone of Marc’s professional success, but he quickly acknowledges that his 30-year practice of the TM® and TM-Sidhi® programs is the real basis for accomplishment in the world. In the spring of 2013, Marc came to Fairfield to participate in the Invincible America Assembly for what he thought was a month. When he heard about the new David Lynch MA in film, he decided to return to school. “I thought, if I am going to do film I want to do it in a place where there is consciousness and people who want to use media in a positive way,” he said.

Marc enjoys the informal structure of the MA in film program. Access to high-quality equipment, mentoring, and a focus on teamwork enable him to turn his creative ideas into quality media productions.

“I see MUM as a real oasis in a world of turmoil and chaos, where you have an opportunity to drop into the Self and use that as the basis for all of education,” Marc said.

As part of his final project, Marc is creating an open source media website that showcases video vignettes of people sharing their process of personal transformation and growth of consciousness. He invites people throughout the world to share their experiences via video on the website.

“Marc has a great instinct for a subject that will come to life in a film,” said Professor Stuart Tanner. “He is a natural at inspiring the contributors and interviewees of his films to reveal their innermost nature. We are all greatly looking forward to seeing the results of his documentary project for the David Lynch MA in Film.”

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