Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) August 16, 2005
After four years filming beautiful landscapes, sacred gathering places, and ancient symbols and icons, in Ireland, North America and Australia, the filmmakers, Irish born MairÃ©id Sullivan and (Scottish-Cherokee) American Ben Kettlewell, marry song, music, and image to create this lyrical and jubilant interpretation of the human spirit through time and cultures.
"Time after Time" has been accepted for screening in nine International film festivals so far. See film reviews, and an eight-minute film preview on: http://www.lyrebirdmedia.com
There's a piercingly relevant quote attributed to Calgacus, a leader of the Caledonian tribes of Scotland, in response to the Roman Empire's efforts to conquer Scotland, around 79 AD. "In them is an arrogance which no submission or good behaviour can escape. Pillagers of the world, they have exhausted the land by their plunder and now they ransack the sea. A rich enemy excites their cupidity, a poor one their lust for power. To robbery, butchery and rapine they give the lying name of Government; they create a desolation and call it peace."
History records a very long lineage of conquerors and plunderers, who ÂtakeÂ the world with the attitude of Âthem or usÂ in the name of progress, wiping cultures out, replacing them with a new vision of evolution, from the past to the future, still thinking in terms of linear time.
But we haven't wiped out the reality of our ancient ancestors! Our ancient heritage is still with us, especially in our arts Â thriving on a spiritual level, fulfilling the human desire to reach out beyond our narrow confines. Strength is built through resistance. The land we stand on resists destruction. It heals itself, given half a chance, just like we do. Today we are on the threshold of understanding that meaningful encounter need not be destructive.
In "Time after Time" songs, poetry and historic speeches give voice to the boundless human spirit. We are reminded of the magical legacy of ancient cultures. We rejoice in the spirit of indigenous people, and the tenacity of ÂsettlersÂ who sought peaceful refuge in the wilderness. We glimpse the world of wondrous, mythic proportions reflected in the art of indigenous people, who still demonstrate how to live, not "off the land" but with the land.
"...a wondrous production!" Peter Spellman, Berklee School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
"Yes! It's hypnotic. I must have watched it nearly a dozen times. It's brilliant!"
Bill Adler, publisher, Washington DC
"Time after Time" is now available on DVD, in Region Free, NTSC and PAL formats, from the website: http://www.lyrebirdmedia.com
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Ben Kettlewell is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and author. Of Scottish and Cherokee ancestry, he was raised by his Grandfather in rural North Carolina. He has won awards for his original scores for theater productions. His compositions in the electronic and ambient music genre have been released on British and American labels. Ben has been involved with almost every aspect of music and music technology for three decades. He has been a music journalist for over twenty years and a radio presenter for ten years. His book, Electronic Music Pioneers, (Pro Music Press, 2002, distributed by Hal Leonard Corp.) is based on a radio series for which he was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. He is publisher and editor of the online music magazine, Alternate Music Press (http://www.alternatemusicpress.com) one of the earliest and most eclectic music publications on the Internet.
MairÃ©id Sullivan has been singing since her childhood in West Cork, Ireland. MairÃ©id is a student of history, with a special interest in Celtic culture. Her attraction to the mystical nature of music, words and imagery endures. MairÃ©id's solo recordings are Never Drift Apart (2003), For Love's Caress - a Celtic journey (1998), Dancer (1994), and the duet concert recording, A Celtic Evening (1998), with Derek Bell, RIP, former harper with the Chieftains. She appears on several Celtic music recordings, including the seminal Celtic Voices - Women of Song (1995-nine months on Billboard's World Music Top10). She is the author of Celtic Women in Music (Quarry Music Press 1999). Her poetry collection, Ancient Self - Memoirs, was published in 1997. Her poetry, essays and articles have appeared in many publications, including Hugh DownsÂ My America (2002). See samples on http://www.maireid.com
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