The Great Song Cycle, Down Under
Blood, Bone & Stone
Singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch pedals 2000 miles through Australian for a zero-emissions musical adventure. This unique biopic reveals the raw effort it takes to be a touring musician, while focusing on the environment, community, and human endeavor. Taking in the breathtaking landscape of Australia by bicycle it is a film of determination, beauty, triumph and song.
When a spirit visited the bedroom of eight-year-old boy Jack McKey and carried him to a mountaintop at the end of the world, the young man’s life veered toward primitivism. He later discovered hidden skills inside himself for making birch bark canoes and sheep horn bows. Ultimately, it would drive him to a life in the wilderness and the most devastating decision of his life – to leave his young son behind.
“Blood, Bone and Stone” tells the story of McKey’s journey from his adoption into a privileged family in South Georgia to his life as a mountain man in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. His friends call him a man born out of time. He has hunted bison with a hand-made sheep horn bow – and he is one only a handful of people who can make such a weapon. But he also crafts incredible horse lances, stone knives and war clubs in the styles of ancient North America natives.
The film follows McKey as he eventually reunites with his son, nearly 40 years after leaving him behind. And it follows the two as they travel to Chief Mountain, the site in Montana where the spirit carried McKey as a child and prophesied that the world would end if he set foot there again.
Director Thomas Grant is a professor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in South Georgia. This film was made over the course of nearly three years by Dr. Grant and his broadcasting students.