About this project
We are making a documentary about the classical violinst Nina Beilina.
Nina Beilina is without doubt one of the great classical violinists of the twentieth century. This is something she proved during her debut in the early 60`s when she ran the gauntlet of contesting and winning 3 major prizes in quick succession (she won the Enescu, the Long -Thibaud, and the Tchaikovsky international competitions.) She studied her craft with the greats: Abraham Yampolsky, Julius Eidlin and David Oistrakh. She is the last in the line of the great Moscow school violinsts. In 1983 she was named Italy`s Musician of the Year, an honor she shares with Renata Tebaldi, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Igor Stravinsky.
After emigrating from the Soviet Union for America and settling in New York city, she had to restart her career from scratch.
She began her own chamber orchestra which would focus on Bach, and would begin every single concert with a Bach piece:
She called it the Bachanalia.
You can learn more about the orchestra here: http://bachanalia.org/.
(The Bachanallia is the longest running festival devoted to the repertoire of Bach in North America).
More info about Nina as well as a clip of a concert in Italy:
About the Film:
The film will explore her personal life and her concert history as well as her friendships with the great musicians and composers of the twentieth century. These include her great rival Oleg Kagan, her admirer Mstislav Rostropovich and her suitor Alfred Schnitke (he dedicated a piece to her). Her life has also been marked by romantic and remarkable episodes such as her playing the violin for wounded and dying soldiers in a red army hospital during the second world war. Her first husband was the famed opera conductor Israel Chudnovsky, from whom she was separated by soviet authorities and who died tragically young of cancer when their son was two years old. Her second husband wooed by following her tour around the Soviet Union with bouquets of roses until she noticed him.
The structure of the movie will be expressionistic and non linear. Various episodes of her life will be touched upon fluidly and the fragments will connect to each other organically. The movie will utilize the device of thematic flashbacks. Her reminiscences will also be interspersed with recordings from her concerts in the US, South America, Israel and Italy, along with black and white pictures taken through out her life.
Besides being a remarkable personality in her own right, Nina`s life story encapsulates the myriad problems of the times she lived through. She was a politically engaged dissident against the soviet authorities, a citizen of the Soviet Union and oppressed as a Jew under the Soviet regime. The movie will focus on the way her story exemplifies the difficulties that Russian Jewish experience with official repression. Episodes include her run ins with KGB agents, her not being admitted to the Moscow conservatory and the hardships and petty humiliations she experienced while immigrating to the west (her violin was confiscated) through Italy.
This will be a full length feature film and will feature interview, flashbacks and archival material from concerts. It should be suitable for theatrical distribution (roughly 60 to 80 minutes in length.) The movie will take place during a concert she will give on March 28, 2012 at the Ansche ChesedTemple on the Upper West side of NYC.
It promises to be thrilling!
Concert 3 - March 28, 2012 at “Ansche Chesed” Temple, NYC
“Jewish Voices”1. Bach - Two Choral Preludes2. Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes
3. Schoenberg - Survivor from Warsaw –
4. Bloch – Nigun for Violin solo
All money raised will go towards:
The $10,000 we are raising online makes up half total budget of the film. We are hoping to finance post production through grants and private investment. Anything in Surplus of the funding target would be amazing and a great help!
This includes a salary for the crew... (We do not believe in using interns or unpaid labor. If you work you should be paid for it.)
Equipment rental, travel/transportation, & post production will make up a majority of the costs.
There will be some other fees associated with paying historical archives for usage of historic and copyrighted material.
What will happen if we do not reach our goal?:
No film will be made.
We do not keep any of the money raised - it is all or nothing.
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