Story behind my film
People ask me how I came to make a documentary about Saint Hildegard of Bingen. I don’t see this film as a religious historical documentary, but a prescriptive documentary of how one woman that is still widely unknown (although recently canonized and made a doctor of the church by the Vatican in 2013) can continue to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators.
It all started two years ago when I decided to take my first ever pilgrimage to the Rhineland. I took a 10-day retreat which was billed as a Birthing Vision, coinciding with spring equinox in the Rhineland, and the opportunity to immerse into the Light and Greening Power of Hildegard. The result of that retreat was for me the start of a film entitled The Unruly Mystic™ which is a prescriptive documentary of how I as the filmmaker reaffirm my life’s work when I fell in love with a 12th century Saint. It is a journey that has now taken me to Germany several more times, and given me to the opportunity to meet artists, writers, musicians, theologians and doctors around the world that have found their life changed by Saint Hildegard.
Included in the film are other insightful interviews with Benedictine Sr. Lydia from the Abbey of St. Hildegard, Germany; Professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle at the Harvard Divinity School; Linn Maxwell, a world-class mezzo soprano on her one-woman Hildegard show, The Living Light; Dr. Wighard Strehlow’s healing work at the Hildegard Center in Allen Bach, Germany; and American Episcopal priest and theologian Matthew Fox. Read more about the Filmmaker.