Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hollywood Movie Filming at the Temple - Extras Needed!

12:30:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

Last month, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple was contacted by a local production company that is working with Hollywood-based filmmakers for an upcoming big-budget movie set to be released in 2018.  They were scouting locations for a film shoot and came upon our building and fell in love with it!  They contacted the temple to see if they could shoot a major scene of the movie at the temple this spring.

We have been given permission to share that the movie is a futuristic zombie-apocalypse story and it has one key scene which takes place wherein the main characters take refuge in a temple only to find that it's monks are also zombies!  The movie producers want the scene to be shot at our temple!

Needless to say, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple spent the last several weeks carefully combing through the script of the movie to ensure that there was nothing that would portray our faith in a negative light.  Having given the green light, we are happy to announce that the production company has given us a chance to ask our own community members if they would like to play roles as background extras in the movie.  Some extras will also be dressed as zombies!

Each actor/actress will be financially compensated and the movie producers will also be making a sizable donation to the temple once shooting is complete (by the end of the spring).

We have been assured that all filming will take place during the week when the temple is less busy and that there will be no interference with regular weekend programming (Sunday Feasts, etc).

If you are interested in being an extra in the movie, please feel free to fill out the form below.  You can also learn more about this futuristic zombie movie by visiting their official website.

Click here to view the official poster of the movie which shows a "zombie Hare Krishna"!

For those of you who figured we are too spiritual to play tricks on you, we'd like to wish you a Happy April Fool's Day!!! There will be no zombies roaming the halls of our temple... at least, not for now! (Check out previous years' Aprils Fools jokes herehere and here!)


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Haha...nice one..:)

Hina S said...

What a way to start the day..!
LOVE it!! :D

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Hee hee... looks like we're claiming some victims! :)

Anonymous said...

Haha, I totally fell for it!

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Another victim!

rashi said...

Every year!!!

Hina S said...

What can I say, this place is happening; that's why some of us would fall for something like this :)

kanaad takhtar said...

Thanks for crushing my dreams of becoming a zombie :(

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Looks like claimed some victims this year! :o)

Amandeep Rishi said...

Almost fell for it :P

Lina said...

Will there be brains?

Anonymous said...

OK I fell for it. Can't believe that you do this every year and I still fell for it.

So here are my suggestions for future April Fools.

1. There will be no more Sunday Feast starting this Sunday. Bring your own dinner and some extra for Kesava.

2. There will be no more programs at ISKON TORONTO until the basement renovation is over. Instead we will walk through the streets of Toronto chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra with Kesava leading .... drumming.

3. Since the Hollywood movie shoot will not pay for basement renovation, every working devotee must from now on donate all his salary to Kesava. In return you will be given prasadam outside Kesava's office.

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

More and more victims!!! Hee hee! Of course, it's easy to fall for it when you click the link after April Fool's. ;-) Suggestions noted for future pranks! LOL! We hope devotees didn't mind the little prank. We were just having some fun admist all the wonderful devotional service going on at the temple!

Anonymous said...

I am still miffed at Kesava because he is still laughing!

Here is one more for Kesava:

Mayor John Tory visited the ISKON Temple in Toronto yesterday and fell in love with the location. “It is a perfect spot for my Smart Track subway station,” he said jumping up and down excitedly.

Kesava being the smart businessman he is, decided to play hard ball.

“We don’t want to sell, Mayor Tory,” Kesava replied. “We have been here for decades.”

“No” said Mayor Tory. “I will give you prime land in Toronto’s Water Front.”

but Kesava shook his head.

Mayor Tory offered more. “I will give you many, many acres to grow your organic vegetables, keep your cows and your Govinda’s restaurant from here on, will have the sole contract for all city held state dinners,” said Mayor Tory certain this would clinch the deal.

“No,” said Kesava as his eyes remained glued on his much acclaimed blog for ISKON Toronto.

Mayor Tory sat down dejected on the steps leading to the washroom, his head held in his hands. The stench from the washrooms was unbearable when Mayor Tory had a “HA! HA!” moment.

“Kesava,” he said excitedly.

“Yes, Mayor Tory,” replied Kesava, his eyes still glued to his internationally acclaimed blog.

“I will build you a beautiful manager’s office, with wall-to-wall carpeting, a low table and lots of bolsters for people to sit on,” said Mayor Tory stopping for a moment because he heard drum beats and the most melodious chant “Hare Krishna.”

Just then a drummer walked by drumming and chanting
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.

The drummer turned the corner and walked into Govinda’s restaurant oblivious of the Mayor or even Kesava as he sat glued to his internationally acclaimed blog.

Mayor Tory looked at Kesava and said, “I will get you a drum, especially crafted for you in Mayapur.”

Kesava looked up from his computer in disbelief. “This can’t be true,” he thought to himself.

“Yes, Mayor,” he shouted and before the Mayor could change his mind, Kesava signed the document to sell ISKON TORONTO’s Avenue Road location to Mayor Tory.

From next Sunday, all programs will be held at ISKON’s new digs at the waterfront. While we wait for the buildings to be built, all programs will be held in the water on a luxury boat cruising along the shore line of Lake Ontario – japa, kirtan, spiritual discourse and Prasadam – blessing all the Infidels.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Wow, now THAT is some creative story-telling. :o) You should write for our temple website - of course it would be more reporting as opposed to fiction. ;-)

Kevala Bhakti das
(Keshava)