Cloud9: Film Producer, Steve Sarowitz and the Making of The Gate

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews Chicagoan Steve Sarowitz about his documentary film The Gate. Steve first heard about the Baha’i Faith in his early 20s while attending college, and was instantly attracted to the Baha’i concept of progressive revelation. Although he was deeply moved by the Baha’i Teachings, he waited almost 30 years before declaring his faith publicly, while on a serendipitous trip to Akka, Israel, where he visited the Baha’i Holy Sites and Shrines. When he returned to Chicago, eager to share his news, he was encouraged by a friend to make a movie about the Baha’i Faith. 

Following a series of fortuitous events, Steve set out on a journey with producer and philanthropist Peter Samuelson and award-winning film director Bob Hercules to produce a documentary film about the Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, the Bab. Titled The Gate, the movie highlights the fascinating story, life, teachings and ministry of the Bab.

You can get a glimpse of what the movie is like by watching its trailer here.

If you enjoy this podcast, you might like the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson. Rainn also interviewed Steve and you can listen to their conversation here: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 25: Steve Sarowitz. I also interviewed Steve, and you can read what we talked about here in this Baha’i Blog article.


About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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