Music & Movies, Memories & Movements

The Continuo Arts Foundation in collaboration with The American Choral Directors Association is proud to present the Inaugural ACDA Film Festival at the 2013 ACDA National Conference.  The Festival features three outstanding documentary films:

  • The Singing Revolution
  • Requiem For My Mother
  • Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

On the cutting edge of new mediums, composition, and opportunities, Continuo Arts and ACDA will introduce members to recent film releases with different and distinct musical and cultural themes; discuss the advancement of choral and orchestral music in the film industry and the potential impact on future developments within the field.

Screenings will include question and answer sessions with film directors, composers, and VIP guests.  



This Year's Films

The Singing Revolution
A film by James & Maureen Tusty    

The Singing Revolution film shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence.

This was the heart of the “Singing Revolution”. The force of the human voice massed in song was the cultural catalyst that awoke, energized and united the nation of Estonia. It was a political and cultural statement that brought all Estonians together and gave them courage to rebel.

The Singing Revolution tells the moving and dramatic story of how the Estonian people strategically, willfully, sung their way to freedom--and helped topple an empire along the way. 

The Singing Revolution Trailer

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Singing Revolution Poster

Requiem For My Mother

A Film by David Haugland

Join this compelling musical journey of life, composition, love, mourning, redemption & song....."Requiem For My Mother" A Performance For A Lifetime

The documentary "Requiem for My Mother" is a biography of the original choral and orchestral composition of the same name by composer Stephen Edwards which was inspired by his mother and musical muse Rosalie Edwards. Stephen Edwards wrote "Requiem" to commemorate his mother Rosalie's influence personally and professionally from his first music lessons as a child and throughout his career as a professional film score composer. The feature-length documentary "Requiem for My Mother" chronicles the creative process of the composer, behind-the-scenes work of conductor Candace Wicke, collaboration with the Continuo Arts Foundation, choral and orchestral rehearsals, the recording studio experience, and reflections by musicians the members of the Edwards family.

Telling Stephen's story about his mother and the composition he wrote to honor her reveals the effect this 21st century “Requiem” has on a new generation of musicians, performers and music lovers. This one hour film features the journey that brought “Requiem for my Mother” to life in performance; highlighting the consequent celebration of the power and passion of music to transform grief to healing and death to hope for the future. 

Composer: Stephen James Edwards
Conductor: Candace Wicke
Performance by: The Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra with the Prague Philharmonic

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Requiem Poster


Shining Night; A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
Song Without Borders Presents A Film by Michael Stillwater
Co-Produced by Doris Laesser Stillwater

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'. America's most frequently performed choral composer, Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.

Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, 'Shining Night' reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature, woven with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers, and friends.

Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer's life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks- Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D'Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.

Shining Night Short Trailer
Shining Night Long Trailer
A Message To Choral Directors
Shining Night Soundtrack

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Shining Night Poster



Future Film Festival Submissions

Submissions for festival consideration in the future may be emailed to: 

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Music & Movies, Memories & Movements                              Partners & Sponsors

The Continuo Arts Foundation is proud to be affiliated with our title partner and sponsors, who help make this wonderful event possible! Please visit their websites for more information about their organizations and continued efforts to keep the arts alive and thriving in our communities.

From all at the Continuo Arts Foundation, Thank you for all the you do!


American Choral Directors Association

Title Partner:
American Choral Directors Association


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The Westfield Foundation


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The Hyde & Watson Foundation


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Film Festival Information

Conference Dates: March 13th - 16th
Film Festival Introduction Session:   
March 13th - 2:30 - 3:15
The Singing Revolution Screening:  
March 13th - 3:15 - 5:00
Requiem For My Mother Screening: 
March 14th - 1:00 & 3:00
Q & A between screenings:
Meet the composer & VIP guests
Shining Night Screening: 
March 16th - 1:00 & 3:00
Q & A between screenings:
Meet the composer & director
Film Screening Location: 
Dallas Museum of Art Horchow Auditorium
Conference Location: American Choral Directors National Conference, Dallas TX
Continuo Arts Booth Number: 
107 & 108 Winspear Opera House
Special Events - Continuo Arts Booth: 
March 15 - 11:00
CD & DVD signing with Morten Lauridsen

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