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Song of the New Earth

USA | 2014 | 89 minutes | Ward Serrill

Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game) follows Tom Kenyon’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. The scientist and shaman has a four-octave vocal range, and a dazzlingly unique view of the world.

May 16, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Director Ward Serrill, producer Sophie J Mortimer, subject Tom Kenyon scheduled to atend

May 17, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Director Ward Serrill, producer Sophie J Mortimer, subject Tom Kenyon scheduled to atend

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As a young man, Tom Kenyon was pursuing a career in country music when he began to experience a series of mystical visions—colloquies with St. Francis and the Virgin Mary that left him in ecstatic union with the cosmos; angels flanking him as he walked his university campus—culminating in a series of encounters with Hathors, interdimensional beings who instructed Kenyon that his musical endeavors had to leave behind the secular and embrace the shamanistic. Kenyon himself is charmingly forthright about the surface impossibility of his claims, and one needn’t be a believer to be compelled by the results. Integrating his own scientific research into the effect of music on the human brain as well as his four-octave range, Kenyon employs pure tones, onomatopoeia, and ancient methods of singing to purge modern neuroses, crafting some of the most distinctive and compelling New Age music ever heard. As helmed by Seattle-based filmmaker Ward Serrill (2005’s The Heart of the Game), this fascinating foray into the mind, teachings, and travels of Kenyon would give pause to even the harshest of skeptics.

Director Biography

Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill’s feature documentary debut, the acclaimed The Heart of the Game (2005), follows the Roosevelt High Roughriders girls basketball team for six seasons. His subsequent short, Something in the Water (2011), explores the city’s music scene. Song of the New Earth (2014) is his second feature-length documentary.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Black Rapid Media, CityArts, EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM

Director: Ward Serrill
Principal Cast: Tom Kenyon
Premier Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Sophie J. Mortimer
Screenplay: Ward Serrill, Sophie J. Mortimer, Eric Frith
Cinematographers: Ward Serrill
Editors: Eric Frith
Music: Jason Staczek, Ian Moore
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Heart of the Game (Doc, 2005)
Language: English
Format: DCP
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