A Song Without Borders Production
A Film by Michael Stillwater
Co-Produced by Doris Laesser Stillwater
In a time when more people
believe they can't sing
than believe they can....
Beyond the Fear of Singing:
Unlock Your Voice, Release Your Song
View Film Online: vimeo.com/ondemand/beyondthefearofsinging
Winner, Hollywood Int'l Independent Documentary Awards (2018)
Winner, Royal Reel Award, Canada Int'l Film Festival (2019)
Winner, Kodiak Award, Alaska Int'l Film Awards (2019)
Official Selection, Switzerland International Film Festival (2018)
Official Selection, Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2019)
Friday Harbor Int'l Film Festival (2019)
“You can’t resist singing, after watching this film. Highly recommended!” -Nicol Matt, Conductor, Chamber Choir of Europe
“Your voice is the muscle and messenger of your soul. This is an essential film for discovering the profound role sound and singing plays in transforming our communication in all realms of life”
-Chloe Goodchild- Singer, voice pioneer, author & founder of The Naked Voice
"Spectacular! Made me weep. A celebration of the unquenchable song in every heart and the courage it can take to emerge from hiding." -Ondrea Levine, author
"the film is an invitation to remember that music is a never ending stream, for everyone"
-Jan Kortie, voice liberator, Amsterdam
Improvisation by Sarah Thulé
from Unspeakable Grace, the Music of Graceful Passages
by Gary Malkin
Feels Like Home II
by Michael Stillwater and Rick Bakken
(in order of appearance)
Ale M. Schieber
Susie Ro Prater
Benjamin van Haeff
Siobhan Robinsong & Gettin' Higher Choir
"A penetrating and healing journey into the part of all of us that wants to sing--not just vocally, but to sing our soul's song on the magnificent majestic stage of life. If you have ever felt shy about showing up, this film will give you a welcome boost to your next masterful expression." - Alan Cohen, author
"Strong, profound, touching and inspiring!"
-Ludwig Valenta, filmmaker, Vienna
"Glorious- a triumph!" -Morten Lauridsen, National Medal of Arts recipient
"Magnificently drives home how important it is for people to discover the depth of their own voice in the most human terms." - Adam Huber, author
"You have captured and offered that which rises within us and is beyond our presence. My hope and prayer is that this film become a part of the library of every school that teaches music, and seen by every teacher of voice and music"
- Shuddha Anami, Gujarat, India
"So much more than its title describes. If you are on any form of spiritual path, I highly recommend experiencing this movie." - Joe Marshalla, author
"a healing and poetically portrayed film with a message that bridges continents"
- Tema Dawn, B.C. Canada
"what a beautiful masterpiece, so inspiring!! Thank you for this gift- I cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it."
- Denise Rhodes, Southern California
"This film is not just about song, it is about us—our relationship to our natural ability to sing. Stillwater introduces the film with a montage of people speaking of the time they were informed that they could not sing, that their singing voice was inferior, and not to be heard. The film moves on to feature many interviewees speaking of the values and virtues of just that, singing, no matter the sad input we have received about our voice. By film’s conclusion, we hear those same voice-squelched people singing beautifully. Like his previous films, Beyond the Fear of Singing features beatific images of nature and a soundtrack of beautiful music. See this film! Sing your song!” -Don Schwartz, CineSource Magazine
Deva Premal & Miten
Br. David Steindl-Rast
Benjamin van Haeff
Susie Ro Prater
and many others
“Most children learn very, very quickly that they don’t have that kind of sound. They don’t have that kind of voice to compare with that. Most children just stop at some point. There’s also a sort of a ritual that happens at some time where in the school, or at home, the children are put in front of a crowd of people—their school mates, their family—where they’re asked or forced to sing a song. For many, many children—but also adults—this is like an execution.” (Singer/author Mark Fox, from the film.)
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there." - Rumi