November 7, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI Wins at Orlando Film Fest! 

Serenade for Haiti was awarded "Most Inspirational" at the Orlando Film Fest on October 25. 

See the full list of award winners and nominees here.

October 30, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI is "A Wonderful Achievement" by Jeffrey M. Anderson

Serenade for Haiti receives four out of four stars on "Combustible Celluloid Review."

Read the full article here.

 

SERENADE FOR HAITI to screen at the Lark Theater in Larkspur, CA as part of the curated "Mind Reels" series

December 5 at 12pm

Click here for more info.

 

SERENADE FOR HAITI to screen at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY

November 15, 7pm - with Owsley and special guests in person. 

November 17, 7pm

November 18, 3pm and 7pm

November 19, 3pm

Serenade is a bittersweet reminder of Haiti’s pride and promise before the disaster.” —Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

Click here for more info.


October 23, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI screens at 3 venues in the SF Bay Area this week

October 26, 7:15pm: Smith Rafael Film Center —One Night Only! Click here for more info.

October 27-Nov. 2: San Francisco’s Roxie theater. Click here for more info.

October 29 3:30pm: United Nations Association Film Festival @ Stanford University, Cubberly Auditorium. Click here for more info.


October 9, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI selected for the Denver Film Festival

Three screenings of Serenade for Haiti are scheduled for the Denver Film Festival: 

Sunday, November 5 at 2:15pm

Monday, November 6 at 7pm

Wednesday, November 8 at 2pm

For more information about the festival, click here. For tickets, click here.


October 3, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI selected for the United Nations Association Film Festival

A screening of Serenade for Haiti is scheduled for October 29, 2017 at 3:30pm, Stanford University, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall in Stanford, CA.

For more information about the screening, click here

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SERENADE FOR HAITI at the Carmel Film Festival - Dates announced!

The screening of Serenade for Haiti is scheduled for October 19, 2017 at 12:30pm at the Sunset Center, Studio 105.

For more information about the screening, click here

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SERENADE FOR HAITI Selected for Virginia Film Festival

A screening of Serenade for Haiti is scheduled for Saturday, November 11 at 3:30pm. 

For more information about the screening, click here

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September 19, 2017

UNIFIED Newest Episode from 'Music Makes A City Now' Available Today

New Music Makes a City Now episode launch! UNIFIED, showcases the groundbreaking, exuberant collaboration between the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Ballet where music and dance share one stage. Full video available on YouTube here.


September 18, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI Selected for Carmel Film Festival

The Carmel Film festival is scheduled for October 18-22, 2017.

Screening dates and times to be announced shortly.

For more information about the festival, click here.

 

SERENADE FOR HAITI Selected for New Orleans Film Festival

The 28th annual New Orleans Film Festival, happening October 11-19, 2017, will include two screenings of Serenade for Haiti

Saturday, October 14th at 1:45pm, Broad Theater

Monday, October 16th at 3:30pm, Ace Hotel New Orleans 

For more information about the festival, click here. Ticket information can be found here.

 

SERENADE FOR HAITI Selected for Orlando Film Festival

The Orlando Film Festival, October 19-26, 2017, will include a of Serenade for Haiti on October 23, 2017 at 5pm.

For more information about the festival, click here.  You can purchase tickets here.


September 6, 2017

'A retrospective of filmmaker Owsley Brown at BAMPFA' on the San Francisco Chronicle by Pam Brady

"[Owsley Brown] has gone on to have a notable career in documentary filmmaking, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is honoring him with a retrospective, “Owsley Brown: A Filmmaker’s Journey.” Screenings will feature his latest work, the feature “Serenade for Haiti” and the short “Offerings from Nangchen.” His 2000 Independent Spirit Award-winning debut, “Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles,” and others of his earlier films also are part of the program."

[He says,] “Life is imbued with profound meaning. I want so badly to be connected with that. That’s what I think I feel the responsibility to share.”

Read the full article here


August 29, 2017

'Owsley Brown, A Filmmaker’s Journey' at BAMPFA on today's BayFlicks by Lincoln Spector

"Documentarian Owsley Brown does more than make movies. He’s a civic leader, a businessman, and a winemaker.

And he’s made three feature-length films about music, all of which will be screened at the PFA. I’ve seen one of them, Serenade for HaitiI liked it. The others are Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles and Music Makes a City." 

Read the full article here


August 28, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI has been accepted to the 2017 New Orleans Film Festival!

Screening dates and times to be announced shortly.

For more information about the New Orleans Film Festival, click here.


August 25, 2017

Coming Soon: "Owsley Brown, a Filmmaker's Journey", Sept. 15 - Oct. 29th at BAMPFA

Starting with the premiere screening of Serenade for Haiti on September 15, Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive will present a series of documentaries directed by Owsley Brown.  

"A philosophical, almost meta-musical theme that runs through Brown’s cinema is a consideration of the harmonious relationships in our shared world, and an appreciation of natural, spiritual, and creative powers larger than humankind." - Susan Oxtoby, BAMPFA Senior Film Curator

Serenade for Haiti  - Friday, September 15 at 7:15pm (Owsley Brown in person), Sunday, September 24 at 3pmSaturday, September 30 at 6:15pm, and Sunday, October 8 at 2pm

Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles - Saturday, September 16 at 7:30pm (Owsley Brown and Nathaniel Dorsky in person)

Music Makes a City - Sunday, September 17 at 4pm (Owsley Brown and Jerome Hiler in person)

The Precious Treasury and Offerings for Nangchen (world premiere)- Sunday, October 29 at 4:15pm (Owsley Brown in person)


August 22, 2017

SYMPHONY FOR NATURE broadcast premiere today at 9PM 

OBP's new half-hour documentary, Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake, about an extraordinary orchestral world premiere at Oregon's legendary natural wonder, will be broadcast on Southern Oregon Public Television at 9pm.


August 8, 2017

New documentary SYMPHONY FOR NATURE broadcast premiere on August 22

OBP's new half-hour documentary about an extraordinary orchestral world premiere at Oregon's spectacular Crater Lake, will have its broadcast debut on Southern Oregon Public Television on August 22 at 9PM
Click here to read full article


July 16, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI at Prince Edward Island's PEI FEST

Serenade for Haiti explores the students and teachers at Port-au-Prince's Sainte Trinité Music School, showing at Prince Edward Island's idea-forward PEI FEST.


July 7, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI "brings Movie Magic to Louisville" 

Serenade for Haiti  featured in "Movie Magic in the 502" by Mariah Kline in The Voice Tribune.

Read the full article here.


June 25, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI screens at the Nantucket Film Festival

Serenade for Haiti director Owsley Brown and producer Christy McGill will join a screening and Q & A at the Nantucket Film Festival.


June 10, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI screens at the historic AFI Silver Theatre in D.C.

Serenade for Haiti producer Anne Flatté, and consulting producer Guetty Felin will join a screening and Q & A at D.C.'s historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. 


June 2, 2017

SERENADE FOR HAITI on The Colin McEnroe Show

Serenade for Haiti producer Christy McGill joins WNPR's Colin McEnroe and New York Magazine's David Edelstein along with a group of fantastic filmmakers whose work is also featured at this year's Berkshire International Film Festival. 


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. "

Click here to read the full article.


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."

Click here to read the full article.


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."

Click here to read the full article.


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

Click here to read the full article.


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.



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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