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DJ Kadagian is a documentary filmmaker, author, and hedge fund manager. The success of his investment fund, very early in his career, enabled him to step back from the day-to-day operation of his firm to focus on a 25-year-long and winding life journey.


It has taken him from a stop at Yale Divinity School to study the world’s religions - to collaborating with some of the country’s top philosophers, academics, activists, poets, and theologians in his thought-provoking documentary films. It would take him from a solitary trip into the unforgiving terrain of the Maze desert to sit and contemplate his life’s purpose - to a journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle to confront his life’s obstacles and fears participating in the sacred ayahuasca ceremonies with the storied Shipibo Shamans.


As a producer/director, his award-winning films have aired on Gaia TV, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and Hallmark as well as screening at over 100 film festivals around the world. His works have focused on socioeconomic issues, race relations, religion & spirituality, and alternative healing. His YouTube shorts have been watched over 2 million times and his most recent short film, on the subject of the Near-Death Experience, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.


His book Punching Waves is set to release in 2022. Crossover Experience has a deep personal meaning for him. It weaves his great interest in the Near-Death Experience sparked 25 years ago with the reality of real death at the tragic passing of his beloved son in 2020. DJ’s motivation, in his life and in his creative endeavors, continues to be to challenge, provoke and inspire - both himself and his audience. DJ is a graduate of Cornell University and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.