Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song” is the first full-length film to explore how one extraordinary song transformed some people’s lives in profound, meaningful and sometimes-startling ways. It is a film about hope, faith, optimism and the power of music to inspire and heal.

By weaving together true stories of how Lee Ann Womack’s No. 1 Grammy-winning hit, “I Hope You Dance,” has motivated people to chase their dreams, overcome obstacles and persist in the face of extreme adversity, “I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song” will inspire and empower people to achieve more, to live their best lives.

The film highlights stories of love, inspiration, second chances, forgiveness and miracles: a father who honors his daughter’s memory by saving four lives through organ donation; a homeless shelter that teaches ballroom dancing, literally getting people back on their feet; a woman who miraculously recovers from a devastating spinal cord injury that should have killed her instantly; a couple who overcome the pain of their respective pasts to find love and redemption; and two Nashville songwriters whose life experiences combine to create a breathtaking piece of music for the ages.

“It’s the story of a song that became an anthem, but even more so it’s about real people who have overcome real odds. People whose lives have been dramatically altered by the Grammy Award-winning #1 song,” wrote Stanley Hainsworth, founder and CCO of Tether, wrote in a November 2015 article for Huffington Post (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/stanley-hainsworth/i-hope-you-dance-the-powe_b_8612228.html).

The film (previewed at https://vimeopro.com/crewneckproductions/ihyd-doc-sizzle-reel) features insightful commentary from best-selling author Pastor Joel Osteen; legendary singer-songwriters Brian Wilson (who performs his classic song, “God Only Knows”) and Graham Nash (who performs his worldwide standard, “Teach Your Children”); country music stars Vince Gill and Lee Ann Womack; the late poet Dr. Maya Angelou; and the co-writers of the song, Tia Sillers and Mark D. Sanders.

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