My Year of Living Mindfully

Feature Documentary


Director: Shannon Harvey & Julian Harvey & Hattie Archibald
Producer: Shannon Harvey & Julian Harvey
Production Co: Elemental Media
DOP: Chris Bland & Julian Harvey
Colour Grade by Angela Cerasi

Angela Cerasi’s colour grade of the documentary My Year of Living Mindfully, where journalist Shannon Harvey explores mental health and mindfulness.  The documentary was directed by Shannon Harvey, along with Julian Harvey and Hattie Archibald for production company Elemental Media.  The DOP was Chris Bland along with Julian Harvey.

The 90 minute documentary was created to ignite discussions about mental wellbeing and to create meaningful change for mental health issues. The film follows Shannon Harvey as she conducts a self experiment to spend one year living mindfully.

Overwhelmed with insomnia and an incurable autoimmune disease, Shannon Harvey needed to make a change. But while the award-winning health journalist found plenty of recommendations on diet, sleep and exercise, when she looked for the equivalent of a 30-minute workout for her mental wellbeing, there was nothing.

Worried for the future mental health of her kids who were growing up amidst epidemics of stress, anxiety, depression and addiction, Shannon enlisted a team of scientists to put meditation to the test. Could learning to quiet our busy minds be the simple solution the world so desperately needs?

Throughout her year of living mindfully Shannon is poked, prodded, scanned and screened as she travels the world to interview 18 of the world’s leading mindfulness scientists and pioneers. But after a 30,000 kilometre journey from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, what begins as a self-experiment, transforms into a life-changing experience.

My Year of Living Mindfully is filled with compelling stories, groundbreaking science, and unexpected insights that go to the heart of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

To see another documentary colour graded by Angela Cerasi, check out the trailer and stills for The Long Quiet, here.