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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roll Over, Beethoven: Latest on Our New Film and Book!

Updates  Video of our recent, amazing "Ode to Joy" flash mob in Nyack just posted by our hosts, Rivertown Film Society.  Really captures one of the great nights in local arts history....

The NPR "All Things Considered"  segment on the film was terrific.  Listen to it here.  Naturally we are now getting fresh requests for dozens of screenings across the USA.  And here's Bill Moyers' recent segment on the film on PBS--he even presents the entire  trailer!

Also surging: the tie-in book that I wrote  with director Kerry Candaele, now updated 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 $9.99 for print.

Screenings of Following the Ninth (which I co-produced) continue.  Due to popular demand, a 2nd screening is coming Feb. 19 in Nyack after the sold-out first screening and flash mob.

Reviews of film include very positive review from New York Times:  "Thrilling... all the film’s segments are smartly assembled and gracefully paced. Oh, and the score’s pretty good, too." 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."  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:  epic1934@aol.com.    And here's Kerry's terrific trailer:



5 comments:

Robert said...

Hey Greg

Glad to find your work. Super. Minor typo alert:


http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-book-and-return-of-classic.html

Both the book and the film follow the Ninth Symphony and it's

Obviously, its, not it's

Delete this comment, of course.

clisawrite said...

I love this music, and your documentation of its cultural impact is amazing. An artist named Mark Nystrom used computer code to create visual art based on Beethoven's 9th. It is quite an experience to look at his art while listening to the music. His art is at http://marknystrom.com/Ode-to-Joy

Anonymous said...

Why am I crying SO hard after watching the clip ??

Guess I'll just have to go see the movie to find out ...

Philip Turner said...

This film looks great. I let readers of my blog know about it, too, via this link: http://bit.ly/18UzBsu

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