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Filmmaker Q&A: About the Filmmakers

The IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT SONG Documentary Trilogy, Produced for Song Without Borders by Michael and Doris Laesser Stillwater

A livestream discussion about all three films will be held on February 12 at 10 am PST. It will feature composers Morten Lauridsen and Alex Shapiro, the only cast members appearing in all three films, together with series creators Michael and Doris Laesser Stillwater. Audience interaction will be available during the livestream event by submitting a question or comment through the chat interface. To submit a question for consideration in advance of the event click HERE.


Michael Stillwater is a filmmaker with a background in music, as composer, performer, and educator. He is founder of Inner Harmony and Song Without Borders, production agency for his filmmaking and a project of US nonprofit Living Bridges. Originally from the West Coast of the US, he worked for years in Switzerland, and now resides in Finland with his wife and film series co-producer, psychologist Doris Laesser Stillwater.

Doris Laesser Stillwater, co-producer of the In Search of the Great Song trilogy, is a licensed Psychologist, trained in Gestalt, Bodyoriented and Jungian Psychotherapy. She has provided therapy with a focus on Transpersonal Psychology and led retreats in Europe and America. She has extensively studied Tibetan Buddhism, which has substantially influenced her work. Together with Michael Stillwater and film composer Gary Malkin she is a co-creator of the landmark palliative care resource, Graceful Passages.


The Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to present In Search of the Great Song, an extraordinary musical documentary series directed by Michael Stillwater and Co-Produced by Michael and Doris Laesser Stillwater who were inspired by their “dedication to the underlying source of music and song.” Watch on-demand February 1 through 17. Screen Individual movies for $3.95 or purchase a trilogy pass for $8.95.

Don't miss the free livestream filmmakers Q&A on Friday, Feb 12, 10am PST, featuring filmmakers Michael and Doris Laesser Stillwater and composers Morten Lauridsen and Alex Shapiro. Moderated by Composer-Pianist Grisha Krivchenia.

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