Brad Warner - Hardcore Zen Screening!

Opera Plaza Cinema | April 20, 2014 @ 7:30pm $12


Help Bring Hardcore Zen To San Francisco to the Opera Plaza Cinema!


BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN is a documentary about a controversial Zen master who has sought to strip away the sheen off many taboo topics in Zen Buddhism and exhibit a healthy dose of reality to his readers.


BRUNCH ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (Trailer) from Pirooz Kalayeh on Vimeo.

Special Film Presentation before HARDCORE ZEN!! 
BRUNCH ON THE FOURTH OF JULY centers around a filmmaker's obsession to invite Tom Cruise to a barbecue on America's Independence Day. The film's stars include  Jayinee Basu, Ian Aleksander Adams, Dorothy Notrobot, Nick Rutkaus, Brad Warner, Sohee Kalayeh, and Benjamin Loeffler. The film was shot on July 4, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.

Q&A and prize giveaways at each screening!

Ojai, CA - Playhouse Theater - 9:30 p.m. - December 6, 2013
Seattle, WA - Northwest Film Forum - 8:00 p.m. - December 12, 2013
Portland, OR - Clinton Street Theater - 7:00 p.m. - December 13, 2013
Akron, OH - TBA - March 12, 2014
Brooklyn, NY - Indie Screen- March 15, 2014
Los Angeles, CA - Los Feliz 3 - April 12, 2014
San Francisco, CA - Opera Plaza Cinema - April 20, 2014
Las Vegas, NV - TBA - April 26, 2014
Each screening will include prize giveaways, special guests, and a Q&A with zen teacher and actor Brad Warner and director Pirooz Kalayeh.

Video highlights from last year's screening for SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL

If you would like BRAD WARNER'S HARDCORE ZEN to be screened in a theater not currently on our list, please e-mail

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Brad Warner is a Zen monk, writer, bass player and film-maker. He has written several books, including Hardcore Zen, Sit Down And Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, Sex, Sin, and Zen, and his latest, There Is No God and He Is Always with You. He received Dharma Transmission from Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who received his transmission from Rempo Niwa Roshi, who, at the time was the head of the Soto Sect in Japan. He writes about Zen and other topics on his blog, Hardcore Zen, and as a writer for Suicide Girls.

Pirooz Kalayeh is a filmmaker, artist, and author. His films include SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL, THE HUMAN WAR, and BRAD WARNER'S HARDCORE ZEN. His novel THE WHOPPER STRATEGIES details an advertising executive's journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. His fourth feature ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. is currently in post-production with ILIKENIRVANA Productions.


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Opera Plaza Cinema

601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
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