A Circle in the Desert
A unique new Feature Length Documentary Film from David P. Crews
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 80 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: In September of 2021, the principle cinematography for this film, including aerial footage, was completed except for one location area that was closed due to road washouts. A second trip to be made this Spring will complete the filming. "A Circle in the Desert" is now projected to Premiere sometime in the Summer of 2022.
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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
The film's premiere is planned for Summer of 2022.
Navigate to our other pages to learn more about the Film project, the Vision Quest, the Music, and about David.
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