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For a period spanning two years, a film crew follows Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi and an array of brilliant musicians.
For a period spanning two years, a film crew follows Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi and an array of brilliant musicians.
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Maestro is a documentary feature that shows a side of classical music most of the world has never seen.  It captures the pressures and beauty of self-expression, the rush of performance, and above all, the power of a universal language. Maestro is an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music.  Click here to read director David Donnelly's guest blog in the Huffington Post.    

Maestro features performances and interviews with some of the biggest names in classical music.  Our cast includes Maestro Paavo Jarvi, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, Hilary Hahn, and Pekka Kuusisto.  The film features interviews and performances with die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Orchestre de Paris, Parnu Festival Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.  It also showcases never seen before photography of Steve J. Sherman.   Steve has been the in-house photographer for Carnegie Hall for three decades and one of the most sought after music and performing arts photographers in New York.  The compelling Maestro score is composed by Michael Csanyi-Wills.      

This film was created for one purpose: to connect the music we call classical with a broader audience.  The funds raised through this campaign will be allocated directly towards the licensing/purchasing of music that is integral to the story.  Funding also will be devoted to a final surround mix and color correction.   With your help, Maestro can meet its goal of premiering in Philadelphia on January 10th, 2015.   

Risks and challenges

Making an independent film is always riddled with obstacles. Maestro is no exception. Filming began in 2012. It has taken the Maestro team YEARS to get this far. Thankfully, we have surpassed the riskiest aspect of making an independent documentary: development, principal photography, and the majority of post-production. Essential permissions and clearances have already been handled. For the most part, the film is complete. Our final challenge is meeting our release schedule.

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    Maestro Original Soundtrack (digital download)

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    Autographed Poster plus Maestro Original Soundtrack.

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    Limited Collector's Edition 2-disc DVD set plus director's journal and autographed poster. Includes over an hour of bonus features! This is a must for classical music fans.

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    Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray Disc plus director's journal, autographed poster, and digital download of original soundtrack. Includes over an hour of bonus features! This is a must for classical music fans.

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    1 VIP ticket to the Maestro Black and White Gala Premiere, to be held on January 10th in Philadelphia. Meet the filmmakers and select cast members and screen the film before it's official release date.

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    Give the gift of music and sponsor a school. This includes a licensed screening of the educational edition of Maestro plus a music education oriented curriculum package and goodies for students at the school or institution of your choice. Patrons will receive a special thanks in end credits of film.

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    Host a private screening of Maestro. Meet the director and screen the film to your friends and colleagues before it's officially released. This also includes a credit in the film and all other rewards. (Please message us for details).

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