May 31, 2017

The Berkshire Review for the Arts on SERENADE FOR HAITI at the Berkshire International Film Festival

"Serenade for Haiti, entirely free of the clichés which inevitably roll in like fog after a natural tragedy, is one of the most moving and inspiring films I have seen in any genre. "

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May 9, 2017

See BOSTON: THE DOCUMENTARY during it's one night only nationwide Fathom Events release

Owsley Brown co-sponsored the spectacular premiere of BOSTON: THE DOCUMENTARY on April 15th, which included a live performance from the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (the soundtrack for the movie was provided by the Boston Symphony).

Tickets available here for 75 theaters nationwide.

April 19, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle's Leah Garchik on SERENADE FOR HAITI

"It’s a story brimming with music."

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April 10, 2017

SF EXAMINER: SERENADE Finds Musical Connections in Haiti

"I’m attempting to make as many discoveries as I can along the way," Brown says. "The hope is that that translates to what the audiences feels, a sense of discovery as you’re watching the movie. Patience can really be your friend."

Click here to read the full article.

April 6, 2017

KPFA Radio Talks with Owsley Brown, David César & Bernadette Williams

Listen to the full interview at here.

March 31, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI Singled Out by The Berkeley Daily Planet

Gar Smith of The Berkeley Daily Planet writes, "Serenade, a visually beautiful film,...focuses...on the bravery of young people and their teachers at the Sainte Trinite Music School in Port-au-Prince...One of ten films in the running for SFFilm's prestigious Golden Gate Award, Serenade illuminates the healing power of art and the stirring resilience of the Haitian people."

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March 8, 2017

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: San Francisco Film Festival Unveils Competitive Lineup.

SERENADE FOR HAITI is an Official Selection for the 60th Anniversary of the San Francisco Film Festival and among 10 outstanding documentary films in competition for the prestigious Golden Gate Award. 

"Shot over a seven-year period both before and after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, this vibrant tribute to the students and teachers of Sainte Trinité testifies to the role that art can play in creating community and sustaining hope under the most difficult of circumstances."

Click here to read the full article.

March 3, 2017

MoveableFest.com: "Owsley Brown on the Bittersweet Sound of 'Serenade for Haiti'"

Director Owsley Brown was interviewed by MoveableFest.com for the 2017 Miami Film Festival and talks about the inspiration and the drive behind SERENADE FOR HAITI.

Click here to read the full article. 

March 2, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI singled out in the Miami Herald

"'Serenade' is a bittersweet reminder of Haiti's pride and promise before the disaster." - Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, March 2, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Director Owsley Brown is featured on Spirituality and Health Podcast

Rabbi Rami spoke with Owsley Brown about SERENADE FOR HAITI, as well has his work with the upcoming Festival of Faiths. A review of SERENADE also appears in the March/April issue of Spirituality & Health magazine.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

Click here to read the full review in Spirituality & Health Magazine.

February 10, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI wins the "top pick" ranking from influential film programmer and tastemaker, Thom Powers, among documentaries showing at the 2017 Miami Film Festival

His full list of documentary picks are:

10) Death by a Thousand Cuts
9)  Bending the Arc
8)  Straight out of Miami
7) Nobody Speak
6) Hot Girls Wanted
5) Citizen Jane
4) Mr Chibbs
3) Google 1: Disrupting the Status Quo
2) Vegas Baby
1) SERENADE FOR HAITI

 

January 26, 2017

Owsley Brown Presents is thrilled to announce that SERENADE FOR HAITI has been selected to be in competition at the Miami Film Festival, March 3-17, 2017!

 You can read more about the 2017 Miami Film Festival in the press release here

 

November 28, 2016

SERENADE FOR HAITI featured in New York Magazine's prized 'Approval Matrix'

SERENADE FOR HAITI is featured in New York Magazine's prized 'Approval Matrix' for celebrated pianist Ji's beautiful tribute performance to the Sainte Trinité music school following the film's world premiere at DOC NYC.

Click here to see the entire 'Approval Matrix', with Ji's performance in the highbrow/brilliant corner!

 

November 17, 2016

DOC NYC Review: 'Serenade for Haiti' has a timely message for the world

From her thoughtful review following the world premiere of Serenade for Haiti at DOC NYC, Aramide A. Tinubu writes:

"Owsley Brown's Serenade for Haiti...provides a timely and much-needed message. We only need to stretch out our hands to reach one another to begin, to rebuild and look toward the future. It is hope, after all, that springs eternal."

Click here to read the full review.

November 14, 2016

Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com Highlights Owsley Brown's 3rd Feature Doc, Serenade for Haiti, and Its World Premiere at Doc NYC

Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com highlight's the World Premiere of Serenade for Haiti, saying:

"SERENADE FOR HAITI continues the acclaimed filmmaker’s varied explorations of music and art in documentary features."

"SERENADE FOR HAITI demonstrates both musical mastery and the role of music and learning in community, themes Brown has explored in earlier films.  These themes take on awe-inspiring dimensions given the tragedy, upheaval, and uncertainty that Haiti, and the Sainte Trinité School, have had to face"

Click here to read the full article.

November 10, 2016

Film Journal International: 'Serenade for Haiti', an inspiring profile of a school in Haiti teaching classical music

Daniel Eagan for Film Journal counts Serenade for Haiti as "cream of the crop at DOC NYC", screening November 10-17th!

Click here to see the article.

October 14, 2016

IndieWire: 'Serenade for Haiti' Trailer: Owsley Brown's Lyrical , Music-Centric Documentary Set for DOC NYC Premiere

Check out this IndieWire article on Serenade for Haiti, including an exclusive look at our new trailer! 

Click here to see the article.

September 14, 2016

New Music Makes a City Now episode launch!  New video The Corner Room documents indie composer Rachel Grimes' world premiere with Louisville Orchestra

Available on YouTube now! 

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August 25, 2016

New York's Public Radio WQXR features Britt Festival's world premiere of Michael Gordon's Natural History

Listen to the program here

 

Congratulations to Serenade for Haiti Producer's Assistant, Olivia Cannell, for receiving a publicity and marketing internship at the Virginia Film Festival!

 

July 29, 2016

Sound in Motion: Louisville Flyover Film Festival presents selected Music Makes a City Now episodes in mixed media finale

The Louisville Film Society launches its 8th Annual Flyover Film Festival on July 24 – 29. Two documentaries that honor native sons Wendell Berry (The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry) and Harry Caudill (Harry Caudill: A Man of Courage) open the five-day event, which closes with mixed media finale on the Belvedere, Sound in Motion:  Louisville Music On Stage & Screen

 

July 28 - 30, 2016

OBP begins co-production with Britt Festival to create documentary video about the Britt Orchestra's world premiere of Michael Gordon's Natural History at Crater Lake

Read more about the world premiere here!

March, 2016

Serenade for Haiti editor, Gina Leibrecht, speaks about her work, filmmaking approach and collaboration with Les Blank in a featured extensive interview in the March edition of Film International.

You can read the article here.

January 22, 2016

The Christian Science Monitor names Music Makes a City Now as a Top Pick!

Read the article online here!

January 13, 2016

Music Makes a City Now special episode "Kentucky Royal Fanfare"  featuring Prince Charles is now available on PBS.org!

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit Louisville, Ky. to meet with leading figures from around the globe to discuss pressing concerns facing life on Earth as part of the Louisville Health and Harmony Initiative. During their short trip, the city offers them the royal treatment with a concert in their honor. Watch as conductor Teddy Abrams creates and performs an original fanfare.

Watch it now on PBS.org

December 15, 2015

Louisville's 1200 aka Jecorey Arthur's life as musician and teacher is featured in this new short video from WAVE 3 News

1200 was also featured in Episode 6 of Music Makes a City Now: All Together Now

Check out the video from WAVE 3 here and watch Episode 6 of Music Makes a City Now here

November 30, 2015

Teddy Abrams is featured on NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts!

Check out the video now at NPR.org.

November 18, 2015

Now streaming on PBS.org! Music Makes a City Now visits with Daniel Gilliam in The Radio Station

Daniel Gilliam, program director of Louisville’s classical music station Classical 90.5 WUOL Louisville, speaks about his perspective on the state of the arts, the city, and The Louisville Orchestra's new music man Teddy Abrams.

Available now on PBS.org

November 14, 2015

"Music Makes a City: Then and Now" panel at the American Musicological Society about the power of music in Louisville featuring LO Music Director Teddy Abrams and producer/director Anne Flatté

 

November 4, 2015

Music Makes A City Now: Conversation with Yuja is now Streaming on PBS!

Piano virtuosa Yuja Wang and conductor Teddy Abrams talk backstage about music and life.

Available now on PBS Arts

October 28, 2015

Music Makes A City Now: Conversation with a Mentor is now Streaming on PBS!

An insightful chat between conductor Teddy Abrams and his mentor, Michael Tilson Thomas.

Available now on PBS Arts

October 18, 2015

Teddy Abrams is on NPR! Listen to it now at NPR Music!

In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight
Listen to Teddy "discuss engaging with broader audiences and the value of putting young contemporary composers on the same concert programs as Brahms"

Available now on NPR.org

August 27, 2015

Music Makes A City Now featured on KDFC’s “The State of the Arts” with Jeffrey Freymann

 

August 26, 2015

San Francisco Classical Voice—Interview with Teddy Abrams about the series and his work

 

The Pilot Season of Music Makes A City Now launches today! Join the party online! 

We're happy to announce the launch of the pilot season of our web series Music Makes a City Now with four new webisodes on PBS Arts! Please join the launch party online at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ‪#‎MMACNOW‬ ‪#‎MusicMakesACity‬

Available on PBS Arts today!

May 27, 2015

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 8 Music is Alive is now on YouTube! 

Teddy Abrams and the Sixth Floor Trio gather classical, folk, and bluegrass virtuosos—including songstress Aoife O’Donovan—for an experimental festival at Fairchild Garden in Miami, Florida. At GardenMusic, the artists “embrace the chaos” as they collaborate, workshop and perform pieces that defy musical labels and engage audiences of all ages.

Available on YouTube now!

March 24, 2015

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 7 Sixth Floor Trio premieres today! 

Teddy and old friends light up Louisville with their genre-blending side project, the Sixth Floor Trio. The trio, which includes four—Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, Johnny Teyssier and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich—met in 2005 while studying at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Also available on YouTube!

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Feb. 6, 2015

The new Music Makes A City Now trailer is now airing on YouTube

Check it out here!

Jan. 29, 2015

Music Makes A City Now is on PBS Arts

See Music Makes A City Now on the home page of PBS Arts! To watch all available episodes, click our video in the home page carousel, or go to New & Recent Programs and click on Music Makes A City. 

Jan. 28, 2015

Read about Music Makes A City Now on Louisville.com!

Selena Frye writes about MMAC NOW and the #MMAC14 concert that took place on December 6, 2014 at the Tim Faulkner Gallery. Check out her article here and watch Music Makes A City NOW: Ep. 6 All Together Now, which features this landmark live event.

 

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 6 All Together Now premieres on YouTube! 

Teddy Abrams and a unique mix of Louisville musicians come together to create #MMAC14, a landmark community concert at Tim Faulkner Gallery. Feat. Bonnie Prince Billy, Tiny Elephant, Kyle James Hauser, 1200, A Lion Named Roar, and the University Chamber Orchestra.

Available on YouTube now!

Jan. 13, 2015

#TEDDYTalks about the Sounds of a City

Every place has a unique soundscape, including cities. Watch this new extra to find out Teddy Abrams' take on the sound of Louisville.

Available on YouTube now!

Jan. 5, 2015

#TEDDYTalks about Biking in Louisville

Check out this new extra to see conductor Teddy Abrams answering a question from a fan. Yes, he does like to ride his bicycle everywhere, everyday, even in winter.

Available on YouTube now!

Dec. 23, 2014

#TEDDYTalks about Conductor Hair

Conductor hair—it’s a thing. Watch this extra to see conductor Teddy Abrams' take on this cultural phenom.

Available on YouTube now!

Dec. 9, 2014

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 5 Big Fiddle premieres on YouTube! 

Teddy Abrams brings composer and violinist Jeremy Kittel and his original work “Big Fiddle" to the Louisville Orchestra along with crossover cellist Ben Sollee.

Available on YouTube now!

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Nov. 22 - Nov. 29, 2014

How to Smell a Rose, a film by Gina Leibrecht and Les Blank, screens at the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy
Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, 2014
USA/France | Format: HDCAM | 64 minutes
Les Blank Films

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Nov. 12, 2014

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 4 Carmina Burana in Louisville premieres on YouTube! 

In this highly-anticipated fourth episode, Music Makes a City Now is excited to present a behind the scenes look at Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra's powerhouse performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Available on YouTube now!

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Oct. 22, 2014

Films of Jerome Hiler Screen at PFA

In the Stone House 
Filmed from 1967-70, Edited in 2012, 35 mins @ 18fps, Silent, Color/B&W, 16mm
New Shores
Filmed from 1970-90, Edited in 2012, 35 mins @ 18fps, Silent , Color/B&W, 16mm

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Oct. 1, 2014

How to Smell a Rose, a film by Gina Leibrecht and Les Blank, screens at the 2014 New York Film Festival

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy
Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, 2014
USA/France | Format: HDCAM | 64 minutes
Les Blank Films

Q&A with co-director Gina Leibrecht

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Sept. 29, 2014

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 3 Teddy Meets the Town premieres on YouTube! 

Music Director Teddy Abrams plays music around Louisville to spread the word about the orchestra and why he loves to improvise in different musical styles. From the city's open streets event CycLOUvia to the home of the Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs), Teddy meets the citizens of Louisville.

Available on YouTube now!

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Sept. 12, 2014

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 2 Opening Night premieres on YouTube! 

The intensity builds as Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra rehearse and perform their Opening Night concert.

Available on YouTube now!

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Sept. 2, 2014

Music Makes A City Now: Ep. 1 Moving to Louisville premieres on YouTube! 

In the premiere episode of Music Makes A City Now, 27-year-old conductor and composer Teddy Abrams moves to Louisville, Kentucky, to become the youngest Music Director of a major American orchestra. 

Available on YouTube now!

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Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

How to Smell a Rose, a film by Gina Leibrecht and Les Blank, has its North American premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy
Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht, 2014
USA/France | Format: HDCAM | 64 minutes
Les Blank Films

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