hildegard of bingen

hildegard of bingen

Vision 1

3w ago
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Sound City Studios VISION 1 Music Soundtrack form the Documentary Film " The Unruly Mystic" Music Composed by Chris Piorkowski www.chrispiorkowski.com .....Don’t people ever think about their existence? I do. Why do I live and what’s my purpose in life? I wonder that perhaps I should ignore these questions that perplex me and not seek answers to questions that might be unanswerable. - See more at: http://theunrulymystic.com The Unruly Mystic has been a filmmaking labor of love for more than two years since filming Matthew Fox on another project. His mention of Saint Hildegard of Bingen evoked a calling that I hadn’t acknowledge in a long time, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in which is also spiritual in nature. As I started to do more exploring, I was fortunate enough to make two trips to Germany in order to capture Saint Hildegard’s story through the places where she lived and is still venerated. However I don’t see this as a religious historical documentary, but a prescriptive documentary of how one woman that is still widely unknown (although recently canonized and made a doctor of the church by the Vatican in 2013) can continue to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators. That is an inspirational story of how her story impacted me as the filmmaker and the people that I interviewed. I have filmed over 20 hours of interviews in the United States, Germany, Switzerland with such notables as a medieval Christianity scholar, Dr. Beverly Kienzle at Harvard Divinity School, a world-class mezzo soprano and actor, Ms. Linn Maxwell, the outspoken mystic theologian, Rev. Matthew Fox from the Creation Spirituality Movement in California, and Dr. Wighard Strehlow, who runs German clinic that has treated over thirty thousand patients using Hildegard’s herbal remedies. Additional B-roll footage was shot in Iceland, Ireland, Sicily and Spain. As I witnessed how Saint Hildegard continues to inspire people in these challenging times, I was reminded of my own dark night of the soul moment as a 22 year old in Barcelona in 1983. It was in that teaching moment I decided to pursue a life of creativity that I am still living today as a filmmaker. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Saint Hildegard was already walking with me. I rediscovered her as a source of my inspiration as I conducted my interviews and walked in her path during two visits to her Rhineland homeland. It is my wish to inspire the audience on their own path of creativity and meaning through the telling of this unique mystic figure. Michael M. Conti