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. 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. He recorded and released two albums under his own name – Previous Misconceptions (2001 – Emanjazz) and Borrowed Time (2005 – Fresh Sound New Talent).
In 2005, Vaughan-Lee founded the Global Oneness Project, an online educational multimedia platform. He has directed and produced numerous films that have been featured and distributed on PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside (magazine), and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
In 2012, Vaughan-Lee's debut feature film, Elemental, made its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Variety called the film "inspiring". 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." The film went on to play at more than 50 film festivals internationally with theatrical distribution handled by The Film Collaborative. and digital and non theatrical by Cinema Guild.
In 2016, Vaughan-Lee produced Welcome to Canada which premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was featured in National Geographic (magazine).
In 2017, Vaughan-Lee's virtual reality (VR) film Sanctuaries of Silence premiered at the New York Film Festival, and in 2018, it was selected to screen at a number of festivals worldwide, including SXSW Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm, AFI DOCS, and was nominated for the VR Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Sanctuaries of Silence is availaible to watch in 360 on The New York Times Op-Docs, and as VR on the NYT VR app, and Jaunt.
- The Global Oneness Project
- Elemental the Film
- Go Project Films
- Spiritual Ecology Fellowship
- Emergence Magazine
- Berklee College of Music November 2001
- Slambrouck, Paul, ‘The Christian Science Monitor’ ‘ , 1 March 2010
- All Music
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- Harvey, Dennis, ‘Variety Magazine‘ ‘ ,29 October 2012
- Rapold, Nicolas 'The New York Times', 16 May 2013
- Vaughan-Lee, Emmanuel ‘The New York Times’ ‘ , 2 June 2014
- Vaughan-Lee, Emmanuel 'The New Yorker', 11 November 2014