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Prayer A Project of Documentaries

Why do we pray? How do we pray? How does prayer change us? Prayer is a feature length documentary experience that challenges, deepens, and enriches our understanding of prayer, illuminating its rich global history and exploring modern thought and research allowing prayer to be defined in new and expansive ways. By asking the question, "What is prayer?" the documentary opens a trans-denominational conversation looking into the social, scientific and spiritual dimensions of prayer.

The filmmakers Alicia Elkort and Michael Torres have both felt the power of prayer in their lives and hope to convey prayer as a gift and a celebration of life.


Facts on prayer:

  • Neanderthals may have prayed! Anthropologists believe that prayer is one of the earliest recorded behaviors of humankind, evident in the cave drawings in Dordogne France, over 16,000 years ago.
  • 99 percent of family physicians consider prayer and other religious practices to be efficacious in promoting health.
  • It is estimated that over 1.5 billion Muslims pray five times a day.
  • 91% of the estimated 1.6 billion Muslims world-wide pray at least once a day.
  • 42% of Americans aged 18-29 pray every day and the percentage increases to 70% for those aged 70 and over.
  • Surveys show that the most frequently used "alternative therapy" in the United States is prayer.
  • One recent survey found that 40 percent of Americans believed that they have experienced a significant improvement in health thanks to prayer.
  • After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th polls indicted that nearly 3 in 4 Americans (74%) prayed more in order to deal with the anguish, fear and rage that they experienced.


How is my donation being put to action?

Since beginning development in 2013, we have been able to interview over a dozen mystics, scientists, artists and practitioners of prayer. Our next phase of production is to capture prayer in action.


The Filmmakers:

Alicia Elkort has been in the film business for over 18 years and is a published poet in various journals. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the University of Santa Monica with a degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. She has studied numerous physical and spiritual healing modalities and feels that she has been called to this documentary on prayer to share with others the profound impact prayer has had in her life.

Michael Torres is an artist/filmmaker who has been working in film and television as an editor for over 15 years. Based in Culver City, California, Michael has edited projects for the NFL, ESPN, US Army, Save the Children, and Lions Gate Films. He is currently producing the PBS documentary Nacionalista, about Puerto Rico's historical quest for independence. Michael has spent many years studying mysticism and the wisdom of Joel S. Goldsmith and believes prayer just might be the one thing we might do to effect a global transformation in consciousness.


$975 Raised
1% towards $60,000 Goal

Supported by 14 Donations:

  • Deborah B.
    I Gave $100
    I am a prayerful atheist. I look forward to viewing the film. Deborah Bock Anchorage, Alaska
  • David S.
    I Gave $50
    Looks fantastic Alicia! Good luck with your next phase.
  • Diana H.
    I Gave $50
    Prayer....a sacred intention
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
  • Evan D.
    I Gave $100
    Blessings blessings blessings
  • Karen S.
    I Gave $100
    This is beautiful!
  • Lissa K.
    I Gave $25
    Congrats and onward from your friends at the Poetry Barn!
  • Tanya M.
    I Gave $25
    Happy New Year, and blessings on this amazing project Alicia and Mike!
  • Alexandra E.
    I Gave $50
    Of course, I believe in this film!!
  • Lois J.
    I Gave $50
    Alicia, you continue to inspire and astound me. Many blessings on this project.
  • Carey Ann  S.
    I Gave $100
    Looks incredible, Alicia! I can't wait to see the film. I pray for its rapid completion. :-)
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
    This documentary looks amazing! Compelling, thoughtful, surprising. I can't wait to learn more! Praying for continued growth and success!
  • Brandon R.
    I Gave $100
    Can't wait to see the finished movie - such a great project!!