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Forte is the international story of three women who are making their own rules in a musical genre steeped in tradition.
Forte is the international story of three women who are making their own rules in a musical genre steeped in tradition.
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In the world of classical music, the path to becoming a professional soloist typically begins at the age of 4 or 5. From that point forth, the lifetime of relentless dedication and countless hours of practice can easily be compared to training for the Olympics. Millions of ambitious musicians around the world will embark on this path, but few will actually make it their career. Forte is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of three remarkable women who are pursuing this path in their own, unique ways. A young Norwegian soloist champions a rare, self-discovered composition and risks a promising career to bring it to life. An Argentinian composer gets the opportunity of a lifetime to compose and conduct a film score. And a cultural entrepreneur and mother of three reestablishes her career while balancing family and her dreams. The one thing these bold, inspiring individuals have in common is strength.

Why is this film important? 

As children, we all hear the words “follow your dreams,” but actually living by these three, simple words is not so simple. This is especially true in the social media age, where it seems “success” is everywhere we look. But what if popular culture’s idea of success differs from our own? How do we balance our own dreams with societal expectations? Forte reveals a powerful answer: we must have the courage to define success for ourselves. 

About the Film 

Forte stars Eldbjørg Hemsing, Tatiana Berman, and Lucia Caruso. The film also features guest appearances by some of classical music's biggest names and philanthropists.  It is directed by David Donnelly (Maestro), produced by Donnelly and Anastasia Boudanoque, and executive produced by Roland Göhde. The film features beautiful cinematography by Dan Marque and is edited by Dan Marque and Soojin Chung (Little Pink House). It was filmed over the course of 16 months across seven countries. 

Music Education 

One of the major goals with Forte is to inspire a younger audience through educational screenings at the high school and university level.  Our entire cast is passionate about music education, and with your help, the Forte team will be able to share this positive message with the next generation.

Status 

We have been incredibly blessed by the generosity of various foundations who have helped us get this far in the independent filmmaking process. Currently, we are in post-production and will soon be recording the original score by Forte star Lucia Caruso.  We are asking for your help in connecting this film with an international audience. There are countless expenses while preparing a film for global distribution, including legal clearances, insurance, and a variety of costly, technical processes. Your contributions will help us prepare this film to enter the marketplace. In exchange for your generous contributions, we are offering a variety of terrific rewards along with exclusive updates throughout the filmmaking process.

Risks and challenges

Independent films, especially documentaries, involve substantial risk; however, given the filmmaking team's track record of completion on prior projects and the current nearly-complete status of this production, we are confident in our delivery schedule. If we anticipate delays in our deliverables the Forte team will do its best to notify its supporters.

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    Digital Copy of Score

    Receive a digital copy of Lucia Caruso's original score of the film before its released to the public.

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    Limited Edition Signed Print + Score

    A musician and an artist, Forte star Tatiana Berman is releasing a limited edition Forte inspired signed print of an original painting. Also included is a digital copy of the Forte score.

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    Join the cast and crew for an exclusive red carpet event on January 25th, 2019 in New York. More details will be provided to those who purchase tickets.

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    2 tickets to the January 25th, 2019 world premiere in New York, a copy of the digital score before its official release, autographed poster, and your name immortalized in the form of an end credit in the film.

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    Inspire the next generation with a Forte educational screening before the film's official release. Don't have a high school or university in mind but want to pay it forward? We can match you with a school on our growing waiting list. Sponsors will also receive an end credit in the film.

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    Host a private screening of Forte for your friends or organization before the film's official release followed by Q&A with the film's director. Sponsors will also receive an end credit in the film.

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