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Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes and Rick Cosnett put together the "Ballad Of Serenity - Gospel Version" to thank Whedon for helping to fund their Kickstarter project, The Letter Carrier.
The short film is set circa 1860 and is told through music.
It's described as: a family hides in secluded mountains, a chilling lore allows them to live free from bondage.
Screenplay and Original Songs by: Jesse L. Martin
Composed and Arranged by: Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin
Directors: Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin
Producers: Patrick Sabongui, Rick Cosnett, Jesse L. Martin
A few days ago Joss pledged an outstanding amount to "The Letter Carrier" Kickstarter campaign. His pledge was above and beyond all the reward categories, and an appropriate thank you was in order. As always, music is the gate way to the soul, and this song speaks to us as well as to our story and characters!
Whedon (@josswhedon) March 24, 2015