Monday, December 2, 2013
Roll Over, Beethoven: Our New Film and Book!
Our Beethoven 9th film just wrapped up full week in L.A., Nov. 22-28. Three screenings in Columbus, OH, starting Dec. 6. Two-week Chicago runs starts Dec. 22. I will be speaking at screening in upstate Hudson, NY on Dec. 5--with six more screenings to follow there.
Exciting: Following the Ninth was featured on Bill Moyers' national public TV show last week. Already posted online. Bill calls it a "small gem of a movie"--and "beautiful and powerful"--and presents the entire seven-minute trailer!
After its sold-out premiere at Lincoln Center and week-long run in NYC, Kerry Candaele's unique new film (I am co-producer) screens all over the USA. Set for my hometown Nyack for Jan. 8 where we are planning a special musical celebration. Also on the slate: Oklahoma City, Pasadena, KC, Santa Fe, Bridgeport CT, and more. See trailer below.
I've also written a book with Kerry, now in print and e-book editions: Journeys With Beethoven: Following the Ninth, published by Sinclair Books. It's just $3.99 for the e-book and $10.99 for print.
Reviews of film now appearing. Very positive review from New York Times, and it appears up front on page 3 of the arts section in print. "Thrilling... all the film’s segments are smartly assembled and gracefully paced. Oh, and the score’s pretty good, too."
Just got a rave from the Village Voice. "A majestic sonic travelogue... that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be."Another good review at Film Journal. "Stirring documentary." Joan Walsh of Salon and MSNBC tweeted: "Saw 'Following the Ninth' last night at Lincoln Center, go!" Hollywood Reporter: "Persuasive feel-good movie doc.... offers enough spirit-lifting moments to prove its thesis and leave viewers inspired!"
The film follows the Ninth Symphony and its enormous cultural and political influence around the world. So we travel from Chile during the Pinochet years, to China's Tiananmen Square uprising, to Japan (for the annual mass singing of the "Ode to Joy") and to Germany with Leonard Bernstein for the fall of the Wall, plus Billy Bragg re-writing the "Ode to Joy"--and playing it for the Queen.
You can write me at: email@example.com. And here's Kerry's terrific trailer: