Morten Lauridsen
Morten Lauridsen

film poster
Shining Night Film Poster

Film Festivals


DC Independent Film Festival
(Best Documentary)
Eugene Film Festival
(Best Documentary Intl Subject)
Friday Harbor Film Festival
(Audience Favorite Award)
Asheville Cinema Festival
(Best Documentary Award)
Cincinnati Film Festival
(Best Documentary, Nominated)
Oregon Film Awards (Bronze)
LA Movie Awards (Honorable Mention)

Official Selection
American Documentary Film Festival, Palm Springs
Reel Music Festival, Portland OR
Out of the Box Film Festival, IL
Thin Line Film Festival, Denton TX
Carmel Art & Film Festival, Carmel CA
ReFrame International Film Festival, Ontario
Danish Film Festival, Copenhagen
Big Green Film Festival, Bristol, UK
Albuquerque Film & Media Experience, NM
Waimea Ocean Film Festival, HI
Salt Spring Island Film Festival, BC
Lucerne International Film Festival, CH



Zurich International School
Glarus English Club
Solothurn Choir


Kressberg- Templehof Community


Linz, Ursulinen Kirche
Linz, Moviemento


University of Aberdeen
Forres, Findhorn Community

Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

South Africa

Johannesburg, Mozart Festival
Port Elizabeth, Centre for Self Awareness


Copenhagen, Danish Film Festival
Koldin, Nicolai Biograf & Caf├ęg
Odense, University of Southern Denmark
Scala Svendborg, Denmark


Victoria, BC- Shivon Robinsong/Denis Donnelly
Coquitlam, Coastal Music Academy
Petersborough, Ontario- Reframe Film Festival
Toronto Choral Festival


London, David Wordsworth & Addison Singers
Empire Theater, Leicester Square
Cambridge, Queen's College Chapel
Cambridge, Arts Picture House Theater
Bristol, Big Green Film Festival
Oakhurst- Oakhurst School
Brighton- Brighton Chamber Chorus

Palm Springs, CA- Amer. Doc. Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA- USC
Los Angeles-KCET-Public TV broadcast
Culver City, CA- Gate Theater Within
Carmel, CA- Carmel Art & Film Festival
San Francisco, CA- Brava Theater/Volti
San Rafael, CA- Smith Rafael Theaterl
Tiburon, CA- Holiday Screening
San Luis Obispo- Calif. Intl Choral Festival
Santa Barbara, CA- ACDA Regional Conf.
Glendale, CA- LA Master Chorale Festival
Nevada City, CA- Nevada Theater
Sonoma, CA- Sonoma Bach
Livermore, CA- Vine Cinema,
Valley Concert Chorale
Napa, CA- Choral Society
Denton, TX- Thin Line Film Festival
Dallas, TX- ACDA Films/Dallas Art Museum
Aurora, IL- Southern Illinois University
Washington- DC Independent Film Festival
Cincinnati, OH- Cincinnati Film Festival
Ashland, OR- Southern Oregon University
Portland, OR- Oregon Film Festival
Portland, OR- First Unitarian Church
Portland, OR- Reel Music Film Festival
Eugene, OR- International Film Festival
Scottsdale, AZ- Phoenix Chorale
New York, NY- Distinguished Concerts Intl.
Binghamton, NY- Madrigal Singers
Middletown, CT- Gtr. Middletown Chorale
Palatine, IL- Countryside Church Unitarian
Salt Lake City, UT- Salt Lake Vocal Artists
St. Petersburg, FL- Pinellas Cntr. for Arts
Sarasota, FL- Sarasota Choral Festival
Winter Park, FL- Bach Festival
Albuqerque, NM- Alb.Film & Media Exp.
Minneapolis, MN- Chorus America
Doylestown, PA- Joseph Ohrt
Walla Walla, WA- Whitman College
San Juan Island, WA- Friday Harbor Festival
Waimea, HI- Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Fairfax, VA - Choral Festival
Montclair State University, NJ
Wartburg College, IA
Rollins University, FL- Bach Festival


Quando Son Piu Lontan from Madrigali (excerpt)
Composed by Morten Lauridsen
Performed by Con Anima on Fire & Roses

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Screening History

Premiering February 7, 2012, 'Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen opened the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California with a live performance of Lauridsen's works by the USC Chamber Singers. Following the film was a Q&A session with film director Michael Stillwater and composer Morten Lauridsen.

The film has been screened at film festivals and choral festivals across America and Europe, often with choral performances. At several of these festival screenings, the director and composer have offered Q&A sessions following the film.

The New York premiere, introduced by composer/conductor Eric Whitacre, opened a weekend of Lauridsen's music at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In Copenhagen the film opened the Danish Film Festival. At the national convention of American Choral Directors Association, Shining Night was featured in their first film festival, together with The Singing Revolution and Requiem for My Mother. Choral director Nicol Matt introduced the film to South Africa for the Mozart Festival; Lauridsen's 70th birthday tour included screenings in London (hosted by David Wordsworth and Addison Singers), Cambridge (Suzi Digby and Queens College Singers), Cardiff (Paul Mealor and Cordydd) and Copenhagen (Saul Zaks and choir).

Best Documentary awards have been received from DC Independent Film Festival, Eugene International Film Festival, Friday Harbor Film Festival and Asheville Cinema Festival. Best Documentary nomination at Cincinnati Film Festival. Los Angeles Movie Awards gave the film an Honorable Mention, and it took Bronze at the Oregon Movie Awards.

Responses to the film, including the original review by Wall Street Journal writer, Terry Teachout, and a video of commentaries from America and Scotland, can be seen here.


Composer Morten Lauridsen and Filmmaker Michael Stillwater