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REQUIEM FOR MY MOTHER

“Requiem for My Mother” is the story of film composer Stephen Edwards’ journey of the loss of his mother and main musical influence Rosalie Edwards. As she is suffering and dying from ovarian cancer, Stephen undertakes the most challenging commission of his life. He channels all of his anger, passion, sadness, loss and hope for the future into a new major choral work that results in his receiving an invitation to present it, to perform it, in Vatican City at a noted music festival there.

Joining him on his quest is Candace Wicke, a dynamic choir director who chooses singers from several states, then pushes them to do their best, in the hopes of making Stephen’s personal mission appealing to the masses. To add to Edwards’ and Wicke’s project is the fact that the 160-voice choir and 50-piece orchestra will be allowed only one practice and one performance for a one-time broadcast on live television.

Requiem for My Mother showcases the collaborative journey that brought the composition to life, and celebrates the power and passion of music to transform grief into healing and hope for the future.

As the story of Stephen’s life and upbringing unfolds, the challenge of writing and presenting the Requiem with an amateur chorus at one of the world’s most famous music festivals will inspire and entertain audiences worldwide. Will this group of singers and musicians be up the challenge?

Originally Broadcast Nationwide on PBS

Winner, Best Music Documentary, Woods Hole Film Festival

Official Selection, American Documentary Film Festival

“This film is really special. Highly Recommended” – Irv Slifkin, Film Critic

About Stephen Edwards

Michigan native and US and Italian citizen Stephen Edwards’ music education began at an early age, with training by his mother, Rosalie Edwards, followed by studies at Interlochen Music Camp and Lawrence University where he was recipient of the “Outstanding Classical Soloist” award sponsored by DownBeat magazine, and selected as a participant in the All-American College Orchestra National Talent Search sponsored by Disney. Mr. Edwards continued his studies at the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, and immediately started working as a session musician for film and TV composers like Mike Post.

2017 / 57 Minutes / Color / English / A film by Stephen Edwards and David Haugland

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“I’ll lay down my weapon first”…

Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems Of Mandy Kahn is a new documentary profiling the author and her special style of messaging.

Peace Piece is an experiential introduction to Shakespeare award-winning poet Mandy Kahn and the process behind her immersive, performative, peace-building poems.

Filmmaker Courtney Sell carefully documents both the personal and interactive aspects of Kahn’s work culminating in a public performance at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Themes include meditation, nature, and unity. A perfect blend of new age gratitude and intentions, playfulness, and poetry.

Mandy Kahn already has two books out (Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Timeboth from London-based poetry press Eyewear) and her new book of the same name as the film releases May 2021 timed to the. The author’s bio can be viewed at http://cargocollective.com/mandykahn/BIO and it provides more info about her and her work. The director, Courtney Sell has some strong film credentials as well including My Dying Day (2007), and No Place Like Home (2006).

Peace Piece features notable people including best-selling spiritual author Denise Linn, art dealer Jeffrey Dietch, actress Mandy Zima (Californication) and more and it has garnered strong festival play including:

  • Official Selection – Film For Peace Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Ierapetra Awards International Documentary Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Festival Angaelica
  • Official Selection – Great Northern Film Festival

Documentary / 2019 / 75 minutes / color / A film by Courtney Sell

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

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