Serenade for Haiti is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of a remarkable music school located in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before and after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film captures a rare look at this complex and widely misunderstood country and finds a story of transcendence and great humanity as the students and teachers of the Sainte Trinité Music School turn to music and education to unlock the power of their own lives. Devotion to each other and to the possibilities that the future still holds for them are expressed in the footage of children rehearsing in the rubble and in the rich musical heritage they have inherited.
A vibrant half-hour documentary about the world premiere of “Natural History,” the powerful new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and performed at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. Commissioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival in honor of the centennial of America's National Parks Service, the new musical work brought the Britt Orchestra together with a diverse ensemble of regional musicians, including Klamath tribe drum group Steiger Butte Singers. The documentary artfully portrays dynamic interaction between this extraordinary musical experience and the eternal power of the legendary lake.
Music Makes A City NOW, a new web series inspired by the film Music Makes A City, follows music makers in communities across America. The story begins with 27-year-old conductor, composer and rising star Teddy Abrams’ first season as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. The first three episodes are now available online at YouTube/MusicMakesaCityNow and on PBS Arts.
In the late 1940s, an orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky was about to go out of business. At that point, a new mayor stepped into office whose views about civic vitality were founded on the ideas of the Chinese sage Confucius. His vision of prosperity was focused on making the arts available to every citizen of the city. Music Makes a City tells the rousing, inspiring, nearly unbelievable story of an American city and its orchestra.
Two years before his death in 1999, Paul Bowles welcomed first time filmmaker Owsley Brown into his life. Bowles was enthusiastic and supportive of Brown's idea to make a film about Bowles's relatively unknown life as a composer. They began working together to present Bowles's music in a manner which would allow the audience to experience it for themselves. Night Waltz is the happy result of Brown's long time fascination with the world famous expatriate writer.
River City Drumbeat
Scheduled for Release in Fall, 2019
Ed Nardie White (aka Mr. Nardie) has led an afterschool community drum corps in Louisville, Kentucky for nearly three decades, drawing on Pan-African culture and music to mentor youth in his neighborhood. Now in his sixties, Mr. Nardie feels he must step down so the group has a chance to continue on. The film follows his final year as he trains his successor Albert Shumake, a young man whose own life was saved by the drumline community. With compelling characters, evocative visuals, and powerful drumline performances, River City Drumbeat is a testament to the power of art, culture, and community on the human experience.