The Tennessee State Museum will host a free screening Nov. 7 of “Spirit Song,” a documentary featuring songs from the collaborative album “Voices of the Guardians,” by Native American composer, musician, and Middle Tennessee State University student Gareth Laffely and Emmy-winning producer, composer and pianist Lance Bendiksen.
The special screening will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 at the Tennessee State Museum, located at 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. at Jefferson Street on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
The project, which also includes narration by Wes Studi (“Dances with Wolves”, “Last of the Mohicans” and “Avatar”), was filmed at the famed Skywalker Ranch in California, established 40 years ago by George Lucas , creator of the “Star Wars” film franchise.
The film, which documents the recording of “Voices of the Guardians” and showcases the sacred tribal areas and nearby indigenous cultures that inspired the project, is an Official Selection of the 2019 American Documentary Film Festival and the George Lindsey Film Festival. Una.
What is the trailer below:
Citizen’s “Spirit Song” trailer on Vimeo.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Laffely, 21, and a traditional musical performance on the Native American flute by the talented multi-instrumentalist. Laffely, an Honors College student who, at 17, became the youngest artist to reach No. 2 on the Billboard New Age charts, is of Native American ancestry, with lineage tracing back to the Mi’kmaq and Cree tribes.
Laffely’s passionate interpretations of original compositions that promote social justice and historical awareness help propel him as an impact activist for the Native American community. He uses his music as an advocacy tool and channels his own unique experiences to benefit others.
Recently named the recipient of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Award for Outstanding Community Service, Laffely is one of the few students, faculty, or staff in Tennessee’s higher education system selected for the honor who recognizes an important public service. The award is named after Harold Love Sr., who served on Metro-Nashville’s first board in the early 1960s and later in the Tennessee House of Representatives.