Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

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Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee (born 1979 in London, England) is a filmmaker, musician, and composer. Emmanuel is the son of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, a Sufi mystic and lineage successor in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order.


Vaughan-Lee attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to pursue musical studies in improvisation and composition.[1] After graduating from Berklee in 2001, Vaughan-Lee performed and recorded with numerous artists including Mary Stallings, Lionel Loueke, Dayna Stephens, Ferenc Nemeth and Ambrose Akinmusire.[2] He recorded and released two albums under his own name – Previous Misconceptions (2001 – Emanjazz) and Borrowed Time (2005 – Fresh Sound New Talent).[3]

In 2005, Vaughan-Lee founded the Global Oneness Project, an online educational multimedia platform. He has directed films that have been featured on PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Outside (magazine), Link TV, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).[4]

In 2012, Vaughan-Lee's debut feature film, Elemental, made its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival.[5] Variety called the film "inspiring".[6] The New York Times wrote the following review about Elemental – "This sensitively scored film complicates the typical missionary's progress arc by acknowledging its would-be heroes' weaknesses and the day-to-day obstacles to doing good."[7]

In collaboration with composer H. Scott Salinas, he composed music for his films Elemental and Laugh Clown Laugh.

In 2013, Vaughan-Lee's documentary Yukon Kings exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

In 2014, Vaughan-Lee's documentaries Isle de Jean Charles and Marie's Dictionary were featured on The New York Times Op-Docs.[8] His documentary Soleá was featured in The New Yorker.[9]

In 2015, Marie's Dictionary was featured in National Geographic (magazine).

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