A Circle in the Desert
A unique new Feature Length Documentary Film from David P. Crews

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Award-winning Film

A Vision Quest
in the
High Deserts
of the
American West

Winner of 36 national and international Awards, including:
Best Feature Documentary • Best Cinematography • Best Original Score
Best Inspirational Film • Best Nature Film
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Toronto, London, Berlin, Rome, Milan, Reims, Madrid, Melbourne, Tokyo

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A Circle in the Desert-POSTER

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A unique new feature-length film experience from award-winning filmmaker David P. Crews, inspired by fifty years of travel, exploration, photography, and adventures in the incredible canyon lands and massive stone arches of the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah.

Deepening his lifelong relationship with this beautiful and mysterious landscape, David undertakes a spirit quest, seeking a Vision from the high desert–a shamanic venture to touch the ineffable and pursue human meaning in the grand sandstone wilderness and vast desert landscapes of the American West. Powerful answers to such a quest can be elusive. When they are bestowed, they often appear in unexpected forms.

Through engaging narrative, photography, poetry, animation, and with a philosophical view of his own place in the cosmos, David explores the many ways the desert affects him as he leads us into magical and sublime sanctuaries within this spectacular place on planet Earth.

This stunning visual journey is enhanced with another “character” in the story: David’s full symphony music score. He has received multiple awards for his past documentary and nature film scores. The 85 minutes of lyrical and emotional music for this film was in composition and recording for eight months and features the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pro from London's Spitfire Audio, Embertone's Joshua Bell Solo Stradivarius Violin, Spitfire’s Eric Whitacre Choir, and Pianoteq's Steinway piano, among other instruments.

Update: "The film is now complete and I'm excited to present it here for select premiere showings.
Just navigate to the VIEW THE FULL FILM page to begin the adventure!
It's really rewarding to see the final version of almost two years of concentrated effort!
Thanks for your continued interest in my film!"
- David


Watch the trailer for
A Circle in the Desert!

“I intend A Circle in the Desert to be a joyful, inspiring, and introspective visual, musical,
and spiritually-seeking experience in one of the most amazing places on our planet.” – David Crews

See the complete film from the VIEW THE FULL FILM page.

Navigate to our other pages to learn more about the Film project, the Vision Quest, the Music, and about David.
"My intention, then, was to sing this song. Relate this story. Speak these poems. Take others with me on this journey and, perhaps, inspire or teach or show an open doorway that may otherwise remain unseen. If nothing else, I hope to inspire people with that incredible and fragile landscape of the high desert with all its amazing formations and its senses of vast space and infinite time."

“The earth is a heavenly body,
  most beautiful of all,
  and all poetry now is archaic
  that fails to match the wonder of this view.”

- Joseph Campbell
  Myths to Live By

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