Where does music come from, and what is it for?
A journey deep into the oldest music in the Western world – Greek music – guided by an eccentric musicologist who has dedicated his life to understanding and preserving it.
While You Live, Shine is an immersive sonic and visual feast that leaves the viewer feeling they’ve looked into a way of life that the 21st century has left behind. The film is a call to arms for a different way of listening to music, understanding humanity and living as a community.
“There’s a magnificent match cut at an early juncture of While You Live, Shine — from a microscopic view of the grooves in the 78 RPM record supplying the film’s soundtrack to the craggy landscape of the Greek mountains from which the music comes—that demonstrates in an instant this wonderful documentary’s innate understanding of the power of art to transport us.” – Scannain
The film stars Chris King, an American music expert fascinated by early recordings of melancholy blues and folk from the start of the twentieth century.
The title of the film is derived from the Seikilos song, the world’s oldest recorded piece of music, from Greece. The transcendental music carved into stone remains alive in Epirus, where Greeks gather every summer to play, dance and sing. Chris King traveled there to experience and share the enchanting phenomenon that rekindles this art form annually.
The winner of the 2018 Spirit of Indie Cork Award at IndieCork, When You Live Shine has also been featured as Official Selections for such festivals as Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, The Greek Film Festival (Dublin) and more.
2018 / 80 minutes / Color / English / Produced and directed by Paul Duane (Barbaric Genius, Very Extremely Dangerous).
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