Documentary Feature Film by Holly Bronko
In May of 2010 twelve songwriters from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, the Faroe Islands and Austin, Texas, were brought to a 16th century castle in Denmark for three days of intensive co-writing. They were paired up in to groups of two's and three's and were given three hours to write and record a new song. In this short time, the song writers wrote 21 songs to be performed at SPOT music festival in Aarhus, Denmark. Somehow the perfect combination of culture, language, time, place and personalities created an experience that changed these musician's lives forever.
This is a documentary film made about a project called Nordic Co-writers by Roar Amundsen of Denmark, in which, Roar chooses musicians from the skandinavian countries to come to Engelsholm Castle to co-write songs together and to play those songs at SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. After a trip to Austin, Texas, to Troy Campbell's House of Songs in november of 2009, Roar decided to bring in American musicians to write with the Scandinavian musicians for the 2010 camp. Having met Roar in Austin at a show that i was in of Danny Malone's, Danny and I decided to write Roar a letter asking if i could come along (not even knowing what any details of this were, just that there was a castle in DK involved) to take some photos and video to just document the camp for him. But, by the end of the first day, I knew that there was something really special happening here and by the end of the third day believed i had a story, important enough to make a film about this magical experience.
Anna Bell, Brandur Enni, Danny Malone, Ida Wenoee, Johann Kristinsson, Lara Runars, Matt the Electrician, Nathan Felix, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Therese Aune, Troy Campbell, Vibeke Falden
Edit: Ben Foster
Producers: Troy Campbell and Roar Amundsen