Messiah Documentary

Small Steps

Sometimes inspiration strikes when you least expect it. This is especially true in the world of filmmaking, where it’s nearly impossible to create without collaboration. Savvy creatives know to make space for happy accidents and unexpected detours, and to lean into where they lead. “In fact, unexpected detours are why artists love coffeeshops so much.

“In fact, unexpected detours are why artists love coffeeshops so much.”

The genesis of the idea for a documentary focused on the story of Handel’s Messiah all started with one of those conversations that just can’t seem to stay on track. It was a sunny afternoon when David Crabtree and I were connecting at Starbucks to talk about a project for an entirely different organization. It was our first time hanging out, and it’s safe to say we were just enjoying the process of swapping stories and letting the sparks fly.

Suddenly one moment we were talking about the fact that Jimi Hendrix used to live in Handel’s home in London, then we were caught up in the enigma that is Handel’s Messiah. We found ourselves struggling not to talk over one another as traded memories, insights and perspectives. The question we found most captivating was a simple one – what is it about The Messiah that’s caused it to become the most widely celebrated and performed composition in the history of music?

What is it about The Messiah that’s caused it to become the most widely celebrated and performed composition in the history of music?

From that coffeeshop conversation the seeds were born of a new documentary, one that would focus on the composition and it’s profound impact in the 21st century, rather than simply in its origin story. So much more time, energy, research, planning and effort has gone into the project since then, and we’re excited to share more of that as we move into the future, but for the moment it’s good to remember just how big a deal a little cup of coffee can be.