Seven years in development, we released our second feature-length documentary in 2016 (title identical to the film series from which it was born—In Search of the Great Song). Our third feature, Beyond the Fear of Singing, is in production for a 2018 release.
Fifty voices. Twelve countries. One question.
From the Australian outback to the San Juan Archipelago, from Southern India to the Swiss Alps—a question is asked of scientists, artists, indigenous elders and philosophers: “What is the Great Song for you?” Interwoven with music from around the world, fifty people offer their unique responses, crossing boundaries that separate us while providing inspirational testament to our common ground, regardless of tradition, faith, or culture.
Featured speakers include—
- Eskimo Shaman Angaangaq Angakkkorsuaq
- National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen
- Peruvian music healer, Tito La Rosa
- concert pianist Angela Hewitt
- Nobel laureate Richard R. Ernst
- author Gary Zukav
- poet David Whyte
- chant artist Deva Premal
- and many more—
With a soundtrack of music from renowned artists together with a variety of individual creative expressions, the film is recipient of Best Documentary awards from Moondance Film Festival and Eugene Film Festival. Screenings have taken place internationally; the film is available as both DVD and viewable via streaming.
The intention of this film is to serve as a conversation starter—to inspire a viewer’s perspective of an underlying creative force in everyone, and to reflect upon their unique contribution to this Great Song.
Our first film, Shining Night (four-time Best Documentary award winner), focuses upon one man’s extraordinary creativity—composer Morten Lauridsen, whose preferred setting to inspire his music is a remote Northwest island, sans electricity.
In Search of the Great Song offers a panoramic, contemplative and existential overview to the notion of the Great Song in people around the world. Our third film, now in development, spotlights a global ‘epidemic’ of people afraid to sing, at the same time highlighting a tremendous renaissance of interest in singing. Draft title: SongRise: Beyond the Fear of Singing.
In Search of the Great Song (Official Trailer) from Michael Stillwater on Vimeo.
To learn more about our films, visit Song Without Bordersby