American Mystic

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American Mystic
American Mystic 2010.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alex Mar
Produced by
Music by Nathan Larson
Cinematography Gregory Mitnick
Edited by Andy Grieve
Distributed by Kino Lorber
Release dates
Running time
80 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English

American Mystic is a 2010 American documentary film by Cuban American director Alex Mar.[5] It premiered in the documentary competition at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.[2][3][4]


The documentary follows three young people, each a member of a fringe religious community, who have chosen to make their spiritual practice the center of their lives.[2][3][4][6]


The film focuses on:[2][4][6]

A pagan priestess who defines herself as a witch. She has moved to rural California to create a pagan sanctuary on a small plot of land.
A Spiritualist medium, works on a farm in Upstate New York. He is learning from an elderly women how to channel spirits.
A Lakota Sioux, lives in South Dakota, works in the city, and is raising a child with his wife in their ancestors’ way of life. They take long trips to the reservation and participate in their tribe's traditions.


The documentary's production took about two and a half years, completing in early 2010. It was filmed in Upstate New York, northern California, and South Dakota.[2]


American Mystic premiered in the documentary competition at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.[2][3][4] It was then shown at the 2010 Albuquerque Film Festival, 2010 American Film Festival in Poland, the San Francisco DocFest 2010, PantheaCon 2011, and at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Screenings". American Mystic. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Van Couvering, Alicia (April 22, 2010). "Tribeca 2010: Alex Mar, "American Mystic"". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "American Mystic". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Umstead, Ben (April 2010). "Tribeca 2010: American Mystic". Twitch. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Capistrano, Daniela (April 21, 2010). "Living On The Fringe: Q&A With ‘American Mystic’ Director Alex Mar". MTV Tr3s. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Foster, Star (January 7, 2011). "American Mystic: Uniquely American Spirituality". Patheos. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 

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