Elyse Neiman Seiter

FOUNDER/MINDFUL FILMMAKER

Elyse Neiman Seiter

Elyse is an Emmy-award winning producer with over 15 years of experience in both short and long-form documentary-style TV, film and digital content production.  As an enthusiast of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and alternative health, Elyse seeks to weave together the spiritual and holistic principles that inspire and guide her life with the process of mindful filmmaking, using her craft to help and inspire others in a powerful, meaningful and long-lasting way.

Elyse knows first-hand how uprooting and isolating a health crisis can feel after experiencing her own in her mid-30s-- but the darkness of crisis brought about a powerful clarity about what was important, and she shifted her focus towards living a more awakened life.  Elyse wants to create mindful short films so that others can feel seen, heard, validated, and healed, and hopes to become a pioneer in the field of Film as Narrative Medicine and educate others about Mindful Filmmaking. In addition to this venture, Elyse is the founder/executive producer of Little Darling Productions, a production company focused on crafting poignant documentary short films, and also works as a freelance TV producer.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.

MICHELLE VALLADARES

ADVISOR: FILM PRODUCER, POET, WRITER, BUDDHIST

Michelle is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The City College of New York, an award-winning documentary film producer and a poet who was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Elyse took her first Buddhist meditation class with Michelle in 2013 and had a profound experience, which set her on a path of spiritual seeking and meditation practice.

Lisa Weinert

ADVISOR: WRITER, PUBLISHER, NARRATIVE MEDICINE ENTHUSIAST, THERAPEUTIC YOGA TEACHER

Lisa Weinert (E-RYT 200) created the debut annual Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu in June 2016, motivated by the healing and transformative power of storytelling. As an editor and publicist for the past 15 years, Lisa published and promoted hundreds of best-selling and award-winning authors, and witnessed first-hand how the written word transforms lives.  In 2011, Lisa launched Lisa Weinert Consulting, where she works directly with authors and digital publishers to design publishing programs and PR campaigns.  Lisa is certified in both restorative and therapeutic yoga under Jillian Pransky, where she learned how we all carry stories in our bodies. She teaches at Twisted Truck Yoga in NYC and curates StoryFlow workshops that pair yoga with writing.

DR. MARTHA EDDY, CMA, RSMT, EDD

ADVISOR: SOMATIC THERAPIST, DANCER, FOUNDING DIRECTOR, MOVING FOR LIFE

Martha founded and heads Moving For Life, a woman-led non-profit organization with over 15 years of leadership in the field of cancer recovery through exercise. Martha works directly with cancer patients through weekly dance classes, and has created a successful non-profit after just a few years. She is also the author of a new book, "Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action."  She is dedicated to helping those with cancer, and believes strongly in the mission of Mindful Films and the healing it can bring to patients and survivors.

Rev. RICHARD I. DIEBERT, MD, PhD, MDIV.

ADVISOR: END-OF-LIFE EXPERT, HOSPICE DIRECTOR

Richard has a wealth of experience ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of end-of-life patients. As a doctor and spiritual leader, he specializes in helping people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion.  Richard is an advisor to Mindful Films' Sensitivity Training For Mindful Filmmakers program.

LIBBY NELSON

ADVISOR: PROFESSIONAL LIFE COACH, BLOGGER, SUPERMOM

Libby has trained with the International Coaching Foundation and is currently a practicing Life Coach specializing in the struggles of women and moms.  She is also the founder of the Me, Too Project, an initiative focused on telling the stories of women and the pain they carry.  Libby brings a deep intuitive sense to the process of storytelling, and believes that sharing our struggles and vulnerabilities with each other makes us stronger and more equipped to deal with whatever life throws at us.  Libby and Elyse are currently collaborating on Mindful Films that focus on topics that affect women, such as miscarriage, motherhood, and gender discrimination.