About the Films

The Project

The Symphony of the Soil Project includes our feature length documentary, Symphony of the Soil, several Sonatas of the Soil (short films which go deeply into one topic) and Grace Notes (free short clips available only on our website).


The Films

Symphony of the Soil, 2012, 103 minutes
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.


Sonatas of the Soil

Soil In Good Heart, 2008, 13 minutes
Soil in Good Heart is a brief look at why good soil fertility is vital to life. It illustrates how valuable soil is to society and how it’s been neglected at our peril. A mini-primer on what we’ve done to soil and how we can fix it!

Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap, 2011, 15 minutes
Portrait of a Winemaker tells the remarkable story of John Williams and Frog’s Leap Vineyards in the Napa Valley where organically managed dry-farmed grapes make for great soil and award winning wine.

Sekem Vision, 2011, 14 minutes
Sekem Vision features the sustainable development and business pioneers Dr Ibrahim Abouleish and his son, Helmy Abouleish as they discuss their vision for the comprehensive development initiative, Sekem, a giant biodynamic farming community in the deserts of Egypt.

Transition Town Totnes, 2011, 13 minutes
Transition Town Totnes is a short film featuring Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins as he discusses the core principles of the Transition Initiative, a global community response to the twin pressures of climate change and peak oil.


Grace Notes

The Symphony of the Soil Grace Notes are short clips and film out takes that we couldn’t bare to leave on the cutting room floor. Available here for free to share, like, or embed on your web site. Check back every so often as we’ll continually be streaming new videos.



The crew behind the Symphony of the Soil project.


From scientists to farmers, activists to policy makers, historians to entrepreneurs, the amazing cast of folks who helped shape the film.