St. Hildegard is alive and well in the 21st century and perhaps more influential than ever before. "By This Kiss" will provide you with some practical spiritual solutions to the challenges we are all facing at this time.
The seed for the making of the movie By This Kiss was planted in April 2012. It had been seven months since I had presented St. Hildegard’s Journey Through The Senses: A Traveling Exhibit as part of the production Feathers On The Breath Of God. I was sitting under a tree with Matthew Fox, the theologian who had guided me to explore the life and work of Hildegard almost three decades earlier. He had just experienced the Exhibit as part of the retreat he was facilitating at the First United Methodist Church in Boulder.
“Jeannine, your exhibit is wonderful. Now expand on it. Make a movie. This year the Vatican is canonizing Hildegard AND naming her a Doctor Of The Church. People like you have to share what they know about Hildegard with as many people as possible.”
At first I felt overwhelmed. “What, make a movie?!” I thought. I then took a deep breath and noticed there was something deep inside me that told me to say yes to this project. And once I opened the door to making the movie, St Hildegard was there waiting on the other side for me. And she was smiling.
“Jeannine,” she told me, “it is easy! All you have to do is make a movie about my love of God. Call it By This Kiss.” And she quickly guided me to ask Jan Rupp and David Sharp to join in the creation of the film. That something deep inside me grew larger as I realized that this film would be a vehicle for me to go deeper into the Wisdom that St. Hildegard left us over 900 years ago, particularly her cosmology and her medicine. I also understood that one of the tasks of this film would be to give Volmar a voice. I don’t think that St. Hildegard would have been able to do anything in her day without the support of her life-long companion, the monk Volmar. Here was an opportunity to show the inner workings of their sacred collaboration.
The aim of the film is to explore the work and life of St. Hildegard via themes such as “being a feather on the breath of God” and the “harmony of humanity and the cosmos.”
CLICK HERE to enjoy this cinematic poem inspired by the words of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
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is a theatrical, musical and visual performance that illuminates the journey to wholeness of an artist living in the 21st century, inspired by Hildegard of Bingen.