Inspiration Thru Collaboration: Music

As a filmmaker, I’m always looking for inspiration. Either story ideas for narrative fiction, or inspirational stories for documentaries. Lately, I’ve come across a few films that have really inspired, not even so much as an artist, but as a human being. I want to share them with you.


This first is a movement to effect peace in the world through music. It’s called Playing for Change, and it’s a world-wide collaboration of musicians who’ve never met, singing in beat to the same song. Very cool. The video is self explanatory, so I’ll let it explain itself. But what I would like YOU to do is ask yourself: 1) how can I use MY talent to affect positive changes in the world, or at least in my community, and 2) what ideas from the execution of this film can I adapt and apply to my own work.

I originally discovered this project thanks to at tweet by my good friend Rachel Lacour-Niesen. This was the video she tweeted about. In this video, they sing “Stand by Me.” Click here to see it.

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