One Track Heart:
The Story of Krishna Das

In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master.

Featuring interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee), as well as a musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) & Devadas, this is the inspiring story of how one man’s heart-expanding journey continues to transform countless lives.

Featuring Interviews With...

Krishna Das

Krishna Das is one of the most popular singers of Indian devotional music in the world. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga's "rock star." With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold... Read More

Ram Dass

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, is a contemporary American spiritual teacher and author of the seminal book Be Here Now (over 2 million copies sold). Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary were both Harvard professors at the forefront of the early 1960’s experimentation with LSD. Due to the controversial nature of their research, Leary and Alpert were fired from Harvard in 1963, and went on to become counter culture icons for their continued promotion of LSD as a path to mind expansion. Richard Alpert eventually felt that the chemical substances could only take him so far, and in 1967 journeyed to... Read More

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times Best Selling author and an influential teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974 she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. She is in high demand as a speaker, has taught alongside the Dalai Lama, and travels the world teaching meditation and mindfulness. She is the author of 6 books and has contributed to numerous magazines including Time, Oprah’s O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Tricycle, and Shambhala Sun. Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das met on a series of meditation retreats in Bodh Gaya, India in 1971 and have... Read More

Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin is a well-known record producer and the co-president of Columbia Records. He is the co-founder of Def Jam Records and the founder of American Recordings. In 2007 he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”, and MTV called him “the most important producer of the last 20 years.” He has produced records for Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Beastie Boys, Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, U2 and many others. He produced two recordings with Krishna Das, 2001’s Breath of the Heart, and 2003’s Door of Faith.

Dr. Larry Brilliant

Dr. Larry Brilliant
Larry Brilliant is a physician, author, and the former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. In 1970 Dr. Brilliant was traveling through India and Bangladesh on medical relief efforts when he met Maharaji. He stayed for several years at the ashram with Maharaji, who instructed him to help cure smallpox in India. From 1973-1976 he was one of the main players in the World Health Organizations successful Smallpox Eradication program. Dr. Brilliant went on to found the Seva Foundation, and in 2006 won the Ted Prize. He currently oversees the “Skoll Global Threat Fund” established by... Read More

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist, author and science journalist. His 1995 book Emotional Intelligence was on the New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, with more than 5 million copies in print in 40 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Dan and Krishna Das met when both were studying with Ram Dass in the late 1960s, and traveled together on their first visit to India in 1970.

About the Filmmakers

Jeremy Frindel

Director, Editor, Cinematographer

Jeremy Frindel has been immersed in the world of movies and music for most of his life. He earned a BA in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in 2001, and has been engaged in the many aspects of filmmaking ever since. He has worked as an editor and sound editor on films such as Junebug, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and Bernard and Doris. ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS is his first feature film. Jeremy is also the co-founder of the Brooklyn Yoga School, a by-donation yoga center voted "Best of New York" by New York Magazine.   http://www.substratumfilms.com/

J Mascis

Composer

J Mascis
J Mascis is best known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the rock band Dinosaur Jr., which was highly influential in the alternative rock movement of the 1990s. In 2012 Spin Magazine listed J #5 in their 100 Most Influential Guitarists of All Time. Squier guitars has a J Mascis signature model guitar, and J has his own bobblehead doll.   http://www.jmascis.com/

Devadas

Composer

Devadas
Devadas is a devotee and a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn. He began making music as a teenager in his hometown of Portland, ME. After moving to NYC in the early 90′s, he became interested in eastern spirituality, and met his Guru, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Under Her inspiration, he began the regular practice of bhajan, traditional Hindu call and response devotional singing, leading kirtans all over New York, the East Coast and India.   http://devadasmusic.com/

Andrew Jones

Executive Producer

Andrew Jones is an International Business Director at JWT Advertising Agency. In his over 20 year of advertising experience Andrew has been responsible for helping to launch the Mastercard “Priceless” campaign as well as campaigns for Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Stouffers, Southern Comfort, Pfizer, and many more. He is also a dedicated yoga teacher and student, teaching weekly classes and as part of the teacher training staff at Dharma Yoga New York.  

Mike Harrop

Producer

Mike Harrop is an independent New York-based producer.  Recently, he's served as Executive Producer on Edward Burns' "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and David Greer's "Burning Blue" which will be released 2013.  Past producing credits include "Newlyweds" and "Nice Guy Johnny".