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  • Oct. 26-28 2018

Shining Night Returns To Friday Harbor Film Festival

FHFF-logoFRIDAY HARBOR, WA –Shin­ing Night: A Por­trait of Com­pos­er Morten Lau­rid­sen returns to the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val. It was award­ed the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val Favourite Award of 2013! The Fes­ti­val will no longer be show­ing the film, It Was Like The Wind Was Throwin’ Stars At Us, due to post pro­duc­tion issues.

Show times for Shin­ing Night: Fri­day, Novem­ber 4th at 10am at the Whit­ti­er and Sun­day, Novem­ber 6 at 1pm at the Gubel­man

This fas­ci­nat­ing film offers a glimpse into the life and music of the artist con­sid­ered to be one of the great­est liv­ing choral com­posers and cer­tain­ly one of the most fre­quent­ly per­formed. Lau­rid­sen is a recip­i­ent of the Nation­al Medal of Arts, and was also named an Amer­i­can Choral Mas­ter by the Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts. The film fea­tures inti­mate inter­views with him in Cal­i­for­nia, Scot­land and Wal­dron Island (in the San Juans), inter­wo­ven with per­for­mances of his mas­ter­works in Amer­i­ca and Scot­land and com­men­taries by music con­tem­po­raries. It gives the view­er a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to spend a lit­tle time with this extra­or­di­nary man, who has derived his inspi­ra­tion from the nat­ur­al world. As Lau­rid­sen has observed, “You can hear that its seren­i­ty, calm­ness and beau­ty have crept into my music.” “Life is a mys­tery. There is some­thing big­ger than us out there. And how do we tap into that? You go down deep.”

Lau­rid­sen cur­rent­ly lives on San Juan Island. Pri­or to mov­ing here, he spent many sum­mers on Wal­dron, which is where he com­posed what Brett Camp­bell (who writes about music for The Wall Street Jour­nal, Willamette Week, Ore­gon Arts Watch, San Fran­cis­co Clas­si­cal Voice and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions) has char­ac­ter­ized as “some of the most poignant choral music of the last cen­tu­ry.”

Shin­ing Night, which was direct­ed by Michael Still­wa­ter, weaves inter­views with both live and record­ed per­for­mances by a vari­ety of choral groups (includ­ing Volti, Polypho­ny, the Dale War­land Singers, and the San Fran­cis­co Choral Soci­ety). This our Offi­cial Open­ing Night Selec­tion, the San Juan Singers will sing his piece Shin­ing Night accom­pa­nied by Mor­ton him­self on the piano.

Through­out the week­end of Novem­ber 4–5-6, the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val will fea­ture qual­i­ty doc­u­men­taries and docu-dra­mas that high­light com­pelling sto­ries about human­i­tar­i­an efforts, envi­ron­men­tal issues, social con­cerns and dar­ing explo­rations.  Each film will be fol­lowed by live­ly dis­cus­sion with the film­mak­er or a local expert.  For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on this year’s fea­tured films and spe­cial events, vis­it the Festival’s web­site, www.fhff.org.  And for infor­ma­tion on how to get to San Juan Island or where to stay, go to www.visitsanjuans.com.

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