STONE CIRCLE, THE
Documentary | 2017 | Col | 1h 48m
The legendary Stone Circle is a triple ring of 88 boulders located on forested land in northern lower Michigan. Builder and host poet, Terry Wooten, safeguards this national treasure along with a dedicated group of poets and musicians, who perform by a blazing campfire to a background chorus of croaking frogs and howling coyotes. The atmosphere recalls ancient cultures that came together in family and community groups. For three decades they have kept the oral tradition of poetry and the flame of art burning brightly. The Stone Circle documentary film features interviews with Terry Wooten and the other poets, who arrive for the 30th Anniversary celebration from as far away as Arizona and Rome, Italy. They speak of history, myth, fire, storytelling, the magic of the stones, and the importance of poetry’s great oral tradition in modern society. The film follows Terry Wooten through the struggles of building the Circle, memorizing eight hours of verse and story, and keeping poetry alive in a world of screens and buttons. The film also follows the other poets and musicians--many who have performed at Stone Circle since childhood—as well as a young poet about to perform for the first time. The Stone Circle is the longest-running outdoor poetry gathering in the United States, and probably the world. The film culminates in the spectacular performances of the 30th Anniversary celebration, a triumph of outstanding effort in the service of Art and Humanity.
Year of completion: 2017
Country of origin: Spain