Michael Stillwater and Doris Laesser Stillwater

In Search of the Great Song VOD

Format: Video on Demand

From the Australian Outback to the San Juan Archipelago, from South India to the Swiss Alps, the question is asked of artists, scientists, and traditional elders: What is the Great Song for you?

Featuring Gary Zukav, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Angeles Arrien, Morten Lauridsen, Chungliang Al Huang, Dana Gioia, Angaangaaq, Gangaji, Amit Goswami, Tito la Rosa, David Whyte, Gyuto Monks of Tibet and many more

  • Runtime: about 82 minutes
  • Directors: Michael Stillwater and Doris Laesser Stillwater
  • Producer: Song Without Borders
  • Includes English and German subtitles
  • Special Features: Speakers & Artists Reel, Series Trailer, Beginner's Mind, Universality of Song

Available with English & German subtitles


"What is the Great Song for you?"

Infused with nature's sounds and images together with music from around the world, fifty unique voices weave a timeless tapestry of embodied wisdom.

This film is the second release of a documentary series initiated in 2009 by filmmakers Michael Stillwater and Doris Laesser Stillwater, seeking to uncover cross-cultural recognition of a universal vibration.

Their first release, Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, focuses on one man’s connection to ‘the Great Song’, and how his expression has inspired millions across the world. The film received four Best Documentary awards at festivals across the USA.

This current release highlights a panorama of viewpoints regarding the Great Song in art, faith, science, and traditional cultures. Song Wthout Borders, the production entity behind this documentary, uses film, music and educatonal programs to help people reconnect to their own expression of ‘the Great Song’.

Speakers Include:

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq • Angeles Arrien • Rinaldo Brutoco • Richard R. Ernst • Michael Fitzpatrick • Gangaji • Dana Gioia • Amit Goswami  Gyuto Monks • Thich Nhat Hanh • Angela Hewitt Chungliang • Al Huang Tito la Rosa • Morten Lauridsen • Paul Mealor   Deva Premal • Alex Shapiro • Br. David Steindl-Rast • David Whyte • Gary Zukav and 30 more

Music By:

Britten Sinfonia • Chamber Choir of Europe • Chanticleer • Ilan Chester • Michael Fitzpatrick • Angela Hewitt • Insingizi • Morten Lauridsen • Gary Malkin • Deva Premal • Polyphony • Alex Shapiro • The Singers • Stephan Thelen and others.

A Few of the Speakers:

Reviews of In Search of the Great Song

"Filmmaking at its most transcendent."
-Mirabai Starr, Author, God of Love / Caravan of No Despair

"Haunting, enchanting and very soothing"
-Arun Gandhi, President, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

"A beautiful visual reverie on 'the great song'"
-Roshi Joan Halifax, Founder/Abbot, Upaya Institute and Zen Center

"You have given us the presence of love....pure & true"
-Bruce Davis, Author, Monastery Without Walls

"A feast for the eyes, the ears, the mind,
the limbic system of the brain and much more. This film is a masterpiece, an inner bridge to the Self that will leave you richer, long after you've seen it."

-Shuddha Anami, MD

"A deeply textured and mystically poetic ode
to the divine integration between nature, song, music and the great mystery,
it will captivate your soul!"
-Ronald A. Alexander Ph.D., author, Wise Mind Open Mind

"A timeless quest, myriad replies,
and the confluence resolving in one stilling sensation —
this film sings with the intrinsic potency of an unstruck bell."

-Tamsin Smith, poet and social impact innovator

"An enchanted treasure trove;
a multi-faceted prismatic invitation; an exquisite compendium
of cultural creatives pondering...a deeper resonant awareness"

-Mary Trainor-Brigham, author, Deep Cinema

"A divine invitation
for each of us to discover, harvest and sing The Great Song
that is in, and connects us to, higher callings.”

-Dr. Ken Druck; Author, The Real Rules of Life

"This noble, heart-centered, moving exploration
penetrates to the depth of the life that breathes us, the song that sings us.
Sit back, relax, and let your soul be sung. Here is a gift for the spirit."

-Alan Cohen; Author, A Deep Breath of Life