Digital Dharma, a documentary about the late Tibetologist E. Gene Smith, is screening at the Rubin Museum in New York City every Wednesday through September 5. The film, directed by Dafna Yachin, documents how Smith, a Mormon from Ogden, Utah, came to find, preserve, and digitize over 20,000 volumes of Tibetan religious texts.
The film will also be shown at the International Documentary Association’s upcoming DocuWeeks festivals, which run from August 10 to 16 in Los Angeles and August 17 to 23 in New York. Through the festival, Digital Dharma will be eligible for Academy Award consideration, but since the IDA is nonprofit, the filmmakers need to pay a co-op fee to participate. They’re hoping to raise $25,000 to cover the fee and pay for a master print as well as marketing and promotion.