NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When Nashville songwriters Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers composed the song "I Hope You Dance," they unleashed a breathtaking piece of music that would top charts, garner coveted awards (Grammy, CMA, ACM, BMI, ASCAP) and attract a legion of devoted fans. I HOPE YOU DANCE: THE POWER AND SPIRIT OF SONG, the powerful new documentary from award-winning writer-director John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who Is Harry Nilsson) and highly respected music and media producer Spencer Proffer, comes to DVD and digital platforms from Virgil Films on December 1, 2015, following the Thanksgiving airing of the film on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.
From the time the song was released 15 years ago to multiplatinum success, "I Hope You Dance" has become a phenomenon. A timeless message of hope, self-empowerment and joy, it has become a powerful anthem for graduations, weddings, memorials and other life milestones.
The film features heartwarming stories and thoughtful commentary from luminaries including the late poet/activist Maya Angelou, author-speaker-spiritual leader Joel Osteen, world-celebrated musicians Brian Wilson, Graham Nash and Vince Gill. All offer their unique perspectives on this landmark song as well as on themes such as the nature of creativity and its ability to touch and inspire. Songwriters Sanders and Sillers bring insight into the song's creation while Lee Ann Womack, who recorded the original version, recalls her journey in giving it voice.
I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song, explores how the megahit has motivated people to transform their lives, chase their dreams, overcome obstacles and persist in the face of extreme adversity. The story of the song and its remarkable legacy will inspire and empower people to achieve more, live their best lives and make the world a better place.
Co-producer and book editor, Judith A. Proffer says "John Scheinfeld, a sensitive and sublime filmmaker, created a comfortable space for those he interviewed to really open up and expose the very soul of their poignant 'I Hope You Dance' stories."
SOURCE Virgil Films