the Michael Hedges documentary

Coming in 2025

A feature documentary about the life and music of Michael Hedges

The eldest son of Midwestern musicians/educators, Michael Hedges was a young musical prodigy – with an emerging talent that would take him from small-town Oklahoma to Grammy award-winning artist.

He was a once-in-a-generation force would revolutionize the acoustic guitar and inspire a generation of musicians.

14 of 25 days filmed. Currently raising funds to complete 2nd half of production.

Poster of Michael Hedges and link to Seed and Spark Crowdfunding Campaign.

The film will include:

  • Intimate interviews with Michael’s family, friends, collaborators, mentors, and music journalists
  • A wealth of archival materials/footage (Red Rocks, Wolf Trap, A&M Studios, Billboard Live)
  • Bootlegs, home movies, never-before-seen interviews and backstage moments with Michael
  • Fully restored and digitally-enhanced footage from Michael’s dazzling performances

Filmmaking Team

TrimTab Media
(production company)

TrimTab Media is an award-winning production company founded by Michael’s son, Mischa.

The filmmaking team will produce this project with support from an executive producer and project advisors in the music and film industries.

Mischa Hedges
(producer/director, editor)

Mischa is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (Seeker of Truth, Of The Sea, Women’s March). He is a graduate of the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts at Chapman University, and earned an MBA from Dominican University of CA. He is the founder & executive producer of TrimTab Media. His work has appeared on PBS, Discovery, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Co-Director Brendan Hedges

Brendan Hedges
(producer/director, writer)

Brendan is a writer and director (Remember the Sultana, Yosemite: A Day Within Days, Learning Never Ends). He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and a current member of the Writers Guild of America West. He was mentored by Emmy-winning director-producer Peter Tewksbury. His work has appeared on PBS, Apple TV, Amazon Prime and GooglePlay.

Clare Major
(director of photography)

Clare is an award-winning cinematographer (Holding Moses, In the Bones, Belly of the Beast) who specializes in hand-held, observational camera work. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Netflix, Discovery Channel and NYTimes.

Become a sponsor

This film is being funded in part by Michael’s family, friends, fans, businesses, nonprofits and foundations. A multi-year project of this magnitude requires a significant investment in a highly-talented filmmaking team, extensive footage/music licensing fees, and state-of-the-art restoration of archival materials.

Sponsorship packages start at $1,000, include various benefits and are tax-deductible.
Our nonprofit 501c3 fiscal sponsor is the Stropes Foundation, Inc.

Choose Your Sponsorship Package

Review 2024 sponsorship levels and let us know how much you plan to contribute.

To contribute by check:
– Fill out the form to right
– Make a check out to “Stropes Foundation, Inc”
– Write “Oracle Documentary” in the memo
Send to:
     Stropes Foundation, Inc.
     1132 Lake Avenue
     Racine, WI 53403



So far, more than 1,000 individuals and organizations have contributed funding to make this film posible.
Official Sponsors contributing $1K or more are acknowledged below.

Executive Producers ($100,000+)
Seeking 2-4 sponsors or grants at this level

Associate Producers ($50,000+)
Seeking 2-4 sponsors or grants at this level

Contributing Producers ($25,000+)
Seeking 5-7 additional sponsors or grants at this level

Mischa Hedges
Ray-Yen Chang
Sergio De Acha

Oracle Donors ($10,000+)
Seeking additional sponsors or grants at this level

Kirkpatrick Foundation
Jeff & Bina Titus
Rainer Park
The Harold Hamm Foundation

Magic Farmer Donors ($5,000+)
Seeking additional sponsors or grants at this level

Enid Arts Council
Park Avenue Thrift
Cynthi Stefenoni
Jake White

Ragamuffin Donors ($1,000 – $4,999+)
Aaron Shearer Foundation • Andy McKee • Anthony & Phyllis Leocha • Arthur Goldliner • Ben Burgess • Bert Mackie • Bil King • Bryan Lanser • Bryan Owen • Calum Graham • Carl Bennett • Chad Van Baalbergen • Christopher Sharron • Daniel P. DeLap • David Cook • David Taylor • Eldon James • Enid High School Class of ’72 • Ethan Mayer • Graham Nash • Iliani Matisse & Anne Richards • Janet Winterrose • Jeffrey Joe • Joan Shinkle • Joel & Kelly Champlin • John Conover • Joseph & Shirley Rayburn • The Harp Guitar Foundation • Karen Haskell • Kemi Nakabayashi • Kenneth Chow • Lanakila Iesū • Laura Sefchik • Lillian Dignan • Mark Allen • Mark Dropkin • Mark Whidden • Martin Kretzmann • Matt Guthrie DeLange • Matthew King • Michael “Bootz” Bootzin • Michael Pascarello • Michelle Green • Mindy Rosenfeld • Nick Peters • Pazala Foundation • Anonymous • Pete Moylan • Ray D. Carroll • Rich & Geri Cook • Richard Campagna • Roger & Carolyn Lang • Scott & Christy Williams • Thomas Thompson • Tom Schotland • Valerio Piccolo • Veston Rowe • William Ackerman • Ibanez Guitars • Simon Clark • Ronald E. Hammer, PhD • Martin Posen • Bruce Howard • Joan & John D’Addario Foundation, Inc. • D’Addario Foundation

2024 Sustaining Sponsors ($1,000+)
Ben Burgess • Daniel P. DeLap • Denny Rauen • Laura Sefchik • Lillian Dignan • Jake White • Jane Tanaka • Jeffrey Joe • Joan Shinkle • John C. Tarlton and Jennifer S.F. Dearborn • Mark Dropkin • Rainer Park • Robert Randleman • Ryan Knowlin • Sergio De Acha • Sherri Clearlake • Steve Vai

All supporters will be acknowledged in the film’s end credits.

Behind the Scenes

Updates & behind the scenes from the making of ORACLE – life and music of Michael Hedges

August 17 – Remembering Michael Hedges concert

August 17 – Remembering Michael Hedges concert

A tribute concert has been organized by friends, fans and former touring staff of Michael Hedges. All profits from this event will support production of the upcoming documentary Oracle: the Life & Music of Michael Hedges

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