The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard of Bingen

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Saint Hildegard of Bingen, The Unruly Mystic™

Discover why many consider Saint Hildegard of Bingen to be the patron saint of creativity and her continued impact today. This 12th century abbess became famous as a Christian Mystic and visionary, as well as a musical composer and writer, and whose medicine is still practiced in Europe today.

In 65 minutes, fifteen people shared stories of how Saint Hildegard influenced their own lives.  The filmmaker traveled internationally to capture many of the stories you will hear in this deeply felt film.   Available in multiple languages!

An excellent documentary, full of Hildegard’s spirit!

  • Matthew Fox, author of “Hildegard of Bingen, a Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century”
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It is our experience that a scheduled screening of the film with an audience that can engage in conversation afterwards is more meaningful than watching the film alone. This has been proven with all our screenings, from Harvard Divinity School, Emory University, to a benefit screening at a movie theater in Louisville, KY where we raised money for a Hildegard inspired comfort care home, to a parish church in Ohio.  The opportunities are endless!  Learn more!  More questions? Contact us today!

Saint Hildegard of Bingen is beloved in Germany, USA, UK, Spain and Japan.

The Unruly Mystic™ Saint Hildegard is now internationally available around the world for screenings in multiple languages besides English.  It is available in German , subtitled Spanish and subtitled Japanese on Amazon OnDemand, iTunes and Vimeo.  

 For English closed-captions, simply click on the ‘CC’ button in the video player controls when watching on the English-version Amazon, Vimeo or iTunes.

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The film evokes a calling, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in, which is also spiritual in nature. She is venerated for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, doctors and educators.

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.

Interviewing Sister Hildegard

Interviewing Sister Hildegard at the Saint Hildegard Abbey, Germany

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.

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