There are a number of tensions at play in Kate Churchills Enlighten Up!, a documentary about the proliferation of yoga as both spiritual path and commercial workout culture, and the vigor with which the believers will try to convert the skeptics. Whats frustrating about this otherwise friendly, lightweight look at the diverse world of yoga practitionerswhich welcomes the earnest and the fatuous, the hippie and the hypocrite, with equally open, rippling armsis that its director winds up focusing on the least interesting/most predictable tension of them all, that which arises between herself and her handpicked, inflexible star. Churchill, a lithe, centered believer, recruits Nick Rosen, a bland, atheistic young journalist, to help her prove the dubious but documentary-ready premise that yoga can transform anyone. Churchill creates a yoga-tasting menu for Nick, guiding him through various schools and varying degrees of kook-dom, and touching (too lightly) on one of the phenomenons ironies: enlightenment for sale. The duo travels to India and, after several months, in a further American, results-oriented irony, Churchill grows impatient for her subjects big breakthrough. When a modest version of that breakthrough arrives, you get the feeling the director wants to tell her Godless charge not to choke on it.
May 1-7, 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m., 2009