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Behold the Earth is a feature-length musical documentary that inquires into America's divorce from nature, built out of conversations with leading biologists and evangelical Christians, and directed by David Conover. Filmmakers' blog is below.

Ever visit a spot outdoors that screams out “Sing, why don’t you?” The musicians in this film have. And they’ve sung their hearts out. Over time, so have many others in the course of finding their American identity in the natural world, creating indigenous folk music. Here we share the thoughts, sounds, and observations of our film’s musical talent.

Distribution of Film

We will be distributing this film direct to churches, as well as to Christian colleges and universities.  We are in discussions with television broadcasters, and will also be presenting it at festivals and conferences.  More details will be listed on this page as venues and schedules are finalized.  In the meantime, the film is available for pay-per-view purchase on the streaming video service VIMEO. See below. VIMEO is similar to NETFLIX but instead of a monthly subscription fee, you can pay one-time for viewing one film, with no further obligation. VIMEO does require submitting your email address for a free account, if you do not already have such an account.

 

Premiere Screening Sold Out

Many thanks to the Environmental Film Festival for hosting our premiere. Founder Flo Stone, Board Member Bill Stetson, Director Maryanne Culpepper, and their entire team put on another incredible year of films and public events. A lively Q & A followed the screening at the E Street Cinema.

Rhiannon Giddens in Nashville

A few weeks ago, we completed our last music scene, working with Rhiannon Giddens in Nashville. She is a Grammy Award–winning violinist, vocalist and banjo player, and a founding member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her recent solo debut was produced by T Bone Burnett, and is called TOMORROW IS MY TURN. We are very pleased that Rhiannon contributed a tune to our production, with the collaboration and accompaniment of BEHOLD THE EARTH’S musician and song composer Dirk Powell.

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Ten Thousand Charms

This hymn of praise first came to my ears through a version sung by western singer Martha Scanlon.  Beautiful!  Here, Dirk Powell’s daughters Amelia (age 16) and Sophie (age 13) bring the song to life under a 400-year-old Live Oak tree in the deep south. Also on board for the final stretch… Director of Photography David Wright and longtime colleague and second DP/Producer/Sound man Darryl Czuchra. Fantastic!

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Louisiana Musician Dirk Powell

Filmed last week with Dirk Powell in Louisiana, a legendary instrumentalist and musician who has won four Grammy awards. Dirk has a powerful love for the outdoors, his daughters Amelia and Sophie, and their future on this changing planet. Here, he sings his own song, WATERBOUND.   Besides assisting as BEHOLD THE EARTH’s song composer and music advisor, Dirk is a creative and overall good soul!

 

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