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LIFESCAPE:  A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett


Four years ago, when I set out to document my father’s life, I re-discovered a man with vision who has the ability to connect people and ideas, not just through his work, but in all aspects of life. His impact is far-reaching in business, medicine, the arts, and global peace. He's been an inspiration to me and I’m honored and proud to share his life with the world.

What began as "The Dad Project "— a personal exploration of my father's legacy in my own life — has culminated into a multi-media installation titled, LIFESCAPE: A Video Portrait of Marshall Bennett.  

Here's the 14-minute version of a larger generative video portrait by Chicago artist Lincoln Schatz, that debuted at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is now there as a permanant installation. Lincoln did an extraordinary job of showing the many facets of my father, Marshall along with a beautiful and moving sound track by Ken Olsen, the assistant principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

“Marshall is a true legend in real estate and urban planning and development, not just in Chicago but on an international scale,” says Jon DeVries, founding director of the Marshall Bennett Institute. “His ongoing commitment to supporting the Institute and to mentoring students is so greatly appreciated. We are honored to be a beneficiary of his wisdom and generosity and hope this installation will help showcase Marshall and contribute to his legacy.”

See more about the film in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times.



Bija Bennett, best-selling author and educator, is an outstanding communicator who is able to convey the tenets of mind-body health in remarkably accessible and engaging ways. An internationally renowned yoga therapist with a Master's Degree in Dance, her books, Emotional Yoga (Simon and Schuster) and Breathing into Life (HarperCollins) provide innovative solutions for modern lifestyle choices. A visionary in mind-body health, Bija created YogaAway, LLC for the hospitality and spa industries and has worked closely with Deepak Chopra, M.D co-leading his seminars around the world. Her new program, "Grow Wild" teaches corporate executives the power of work-life balance through energy management, mental focus, and personal ritual. 



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