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Dreamkeeper
(2003)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman
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Varèse Sarabande
(December 9th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are interested in hearing Native American chants and solo ethnic instruments performed with skill alongside a large orchestral ensemble.

Avoid it... if you prefer your orchestral bombast to carry its rhythms without the highly distinct, Native American chants and contemporary Country rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,319
WRITTEN 12/12/03, REVISED 3/15/09
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Dreamkeeper: (Stephen Warbeck) Debuting on ABC in late December, 2003, "Dreamkeeper" is a Hallmark Entertainment film with all the usual ingredients of the predictably redemptive, family-friendly story. It is a tale of generational conflict and understanding, involving a trek made by a Native American elder and his grandson from South Dakota to New Mexico for the important All Nations ceremony. The rebellious grandson, only making the journey at first because he is evading his local gang (to which he owes money), listens to the elder's fantastic stories of adventure, humor, and romance from the history of their tribe as they travel. The format of the story is similar in ways to Secondhand Lions (released earlier in the same year), which also shifted between locations and times to tell of the days of high adventure from one generation to another. The film was brought to life on screen by director Robert Halmi Sr., whose "Merlin" series on NBC was a spectacular success five years prior, and "Dreamkeeper" was conceived with the same quality of production values in mind. Composer Stephen Warbeck, best known for his Academy Award recognized work for Shakespeare in Love (also five years prior), was no stranger to the feel-good genre of storytelling. While his mainstream output had been minimal for most collectors, with several underachieving international arthouse ventures of the early 2000's gone astray due to the films' failure to meet expectations, Warbeck maintained a high orchestral standard of composition that many film music collectors appreciated. That appreciation was likely extended with "Dreamkeeper," a lofty, diverse, and well-constructed score that blends the best of his sensitive orchestral writing with the instrumental and vocal sounds of Native American culture. Often associated with British productions, the choice of Warbeck to evoke the history of Native American heritage through authentic music was a surprising one. But the composer managed to pull off a very impressive score for "Dreamkeeper" that was immediately mentioned as an integral factor in the film's projected success. It had difficulty competing with James Horner's concurrent music for Ron Howard's The Missing, an exceptional score of similar construct for a feature film, but Warbeck admirably serves his purpose for the more obscure production.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:12
• 1. Eagle Boy - performed by David Midthunder & Maza Kute (3:23)
• 2. The Journey (1:42)
• 3. Bluebird Woman - performed by Tokala Clifford (0:30)
• 4. High Horse Captures the Ponies - performed by Tokala Clifford (4:40)
• 5. She Crosses the Water - performed by Iris Stacey & The Sweetgrass Singers (2:24)
• 6. Plea for Brother (1:37)
• 7. Tehan (1:41)
• 8. The Elk (2:16)
• 9. The Serpent (3:50)
• 10. Riding to the Rainbow (0:54)
• 11. The Dun Pony (3:51)
• 12. Killing the Buffalo (3:07)
• 13. Resurrection of the Dun Pony (2:35)
• 14. Quillwork Girl's Journey - performed by The Dorene Day Singers (2:24)
• 15. Buffalo to the Stars (0:48)
• 16. Birth of the Falls (2:01)
• 17. Daughter Climbs the Mountain (2:16)
• 18. Father's Ghost (1:51)
• 19. Three Generations (1:04)
• 20. Death of Grandfather (2:16)
• 21. Shane's Journey (1:58)
• 22. Powwow Chant - performed by Maza Kute (2:22)
• 23. The End of the Story (1:32)
• 24. Straight Round Dance Song - performed by The Boyz (1:47)

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