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  • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen- Trailer

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    A Film by Michael Stillwater
    Co-produced by Doris Laesser Stillwater
    A Song Without Borders Production

    from the documentary series, 'In Search of the Great Song'

    A man, an island, and music that moves the world.

    Winner of four Best Documentary awards at US Film Festivals, deemed 'a heartening rarity' by Wall Street Journal, 'Shining Night' brings the life and music of America's most-performed living choral composer to the screen.

    (feature-length: 73 minutes, 2012)
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    'Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'.

    Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.

    Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, 'Shining Night' reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature, woven with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers, and friends.

    Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer's life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks- Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D'Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.

    Commentaries by Dana Gioia (poet and chairman of National Endowment for the Arts, 2003-2009), Paul Salamunovich (director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale), Robert Geary (artistic director of Volti and the San Francisco Choral Society) and Paul Mealor (composer and conductor of Con Anima and the University of Aberdeen Choral Society and Orchestra), Alex Shapiro and others.

    Performances by San Francisco Choral Society, Volti, Aberdeen Choral Society and Orchestra, and Con Anima Chamber Singers are included.
    Special thanks to all speakers, singers, musicians, conductors, publishers, record companies and friends for their contributions in the making of this film, and to Ursula Lamberson, Wendy Grace, Camille Adair and Green Hospice for their sponsorship, without whom this film could not have happened. Show less
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    In Search of The Great Song explores and celebrates humanity's inherent connection to an underlying creative 'pulse', emerging and uniquely expressing through everything and everyone.

    The series brings awareness to a worldwide epidemic of people afraid to sing, or express their creative self, unless they believe their offering is 'perfect'- as well as highlights an active global movement of creative expression.

    Our intention is to inspire the remembrance of the underlying creative connection and encourage creative expression.

    Included here are trailers and clips from the vast array of footage we have assembled since 2009, when the project began.


    Song Without Borders (a fiscal project of Santa Fe non-profit Living Bridges), produces films which serve this intention. Co-produced by Michael Stillwater and Doris Laesser Stillwater, a series of feature documentaries is in development, each episode featuring a different aspect of expression around the theme of 'The Great Song'. The films include both known and unknown artists, teachers, scientists, elders and youth.

    Our first release, (February, 2012) 'Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, received four Best Documentary awards and called 'a heartening rarity' by Wall Street Journal. The film gives audiences a closeup of the man behind the most frequently performed choral music of modern history, uncovering the key to the enduring nature of his music.

    Our second release release (April, 2016) is an 82-minute documentary entitled, 'In Search of the Great Song: Fify voices. Twelve countries. One question.' This film provides a variety of philosophical and artistic perspectives of a 'song' living in all of us.

    For more information, visit:

    visit: http://www.songwithoutborders.net/filmseries.html
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    Song Without Borders honors the power and beauty of voices joined together.
    Through these films, we see and hear composers, conductors, and choirs from around the world.
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    • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen- Trailer (long version) - Duration: 4 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 47,348 views
      Best Documentary, DC Independent Film Festival
      Best Documentary, Int'l Subject, Eugene Film Festival
      Audience Choice Award, Friday Harbor Film Festival
      Best Documentary, Asheville Cinema Festival

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    • Hymn to The Great Song w/ Br. David Steindl-Rast - Duration: 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 27,038 views
      In Search of The Great Song, a Song Without Borders documentary series by Michael Stillwater, explores and celebrates the song within us, connecting and surrounding us. Filmed in America, Europe, ...
    • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen-Trailer4 (long version) - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 19,132 views
      'In Search of the Great Song' is a documentary series exploring the song which lives in all of us.

      Our first feature release, Shining Night, focuses on one individual's artistry. It has been recei...
    • Sanctus - Duration: 5 minutes, 27 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 11,720 views
      Sanctus by Ola Gjeilo, performed by Chamber Choir of Europe in Schwabish Gmund, Germany, July, 2011. Marius Mack, conductor. Film by Michael Stillwater; Doris Laesser Stillwater, 2nd camera. ...
    • In Search of The Great Song- Film Series Trailer - Duration: 5 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 8,768 views
      In Search of The Great Song, A Song Without Borders Production, A Film Series by Michael Stillwater and Doris Laesser Stillwater.




      'In Search of the Great Song:
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    • Beginner's Mind - Duration: 5 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 8,322 views
      In Search of The Great Song, a Song Without Borders documentary series by Michael Stillwater, explores and celebrates the song within us, connecting and surrounding us. Filmed in America, Europe, ...
    • In Search of The Great Song Series, Original Trailer (2010) - Duration: 4 minutes, 2 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 8,157 views
      In Search Of The Great Song Film Series

      A documentery film series about awakening through song as told through voices from around the world.

      To view our public released feature-length films, see ...
    • The Spheres - Duration: 5 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 8,114 views
      The Spheres composed by Ola Gjeilo,
      performed by Chamber Choir of Europe in Schwabish Gmund, Germany, July, 2011;
      Conducted by Nicol Matt;

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    • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen- Official Trailer - Duration: 102 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 7,600 views
      'In Search of the Great Song' is a documentary series exploring the song which lives in all of us.

      Our first feature release, Shining Night, focusing on one individual's artistry, was received wit...
    • The Calling - Duration: 4 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 7,358 views
      Song Without Borders founder Michael Stillwater offers perspective on the song "I'm Calling You", from the Inner Harmony CD, 'The Honoring- Songs of Healing, Empowerment and Awakening'. To listen ...
    • Retreats In Assisi, Italy - Duration: 5 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 7,183 views
      2017 Assisi Retreats with Michael and Doris Laesser Stillwater
      http://thegreatsong.net/six-day-retreats/

      We invite you to join us for a retreat in Assisi. For over twenty years we have held retre...
    • ChantWave.mov - Duration: 4 minutes, 43 seconds.

      • 8 years ago
      • 6,920 views
      ChantWave founder Michael Stillwater introduces a shared musical experience of healing and celebration. For over 30 years Stillwater, an interfaith minister and award-winning songwriter, has develo...
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