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REWARD UPDATE: Please note we have added to our rewards!
$5 & up: You will receive postcard featuring our hipster Beethoven graphic, with a personal, hand-written thank you note from our team!
$25 & up: You will now receive a digital download of the feature film!
$35 & up: You will receive a digital download of original music composed for the film!
$50 & up: You will now receive a canvas tote bag with our Ludwig van Beethoven hipster graphic, for all your music & non-music needs.
$65 & up: You will receive a high-quality, "What Would Beethoven Do?" 3"x11" vinyl bumper sticker!
$85: You will receive one of the 12 limited high quality 100% cotton t-shirts feature our "What Would Beethoven Do?" hipster graphic. Please note this is a limited supply reward.
$185: The Tchaikovsky Reward. A limited supply of 12 high quality pilsner pint glasses featuring our "What Would Beethoven Do?" hipster graphic. Please note this is a limited supply reward.
More about the project:
What Would Beethoven Do? is a documentary film that explores the state of classical music in the 21st century. With major symphony orchestras across the United States struggling financially and seemingly diminished interest in classical music culturally, the genre and its adherents are starting to realize that they must innovate or be left to the history books. This documentary follows several programs and music innovators who are bringing classical music from the stuffy concert hall to the popular masses and are demonstrating the power of this art form to change lives.
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About the feature:
Classical music is for everyone. What Would Beethoven Do? will explore recent innovations in classical music that are breaking down the highbrow aura of the genre and reintroducing it as a popular form of music. These innovations include intersections with new media, new forms of programming, and alternative concert venues. The film will also delve into the vibrant world of youth symphony programs, which are bringing the joys of collaborative music-making to young people around the world. Finally, the film will include personal stories that highlight the emotional power of classical music and its significance in people's lives.
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About our core team:
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jonathan is a filmmaker, musician and sound designer, holding his bachelor of Music in performance classical double bass from McGill University's Schulich School of Music.
Jonathan has worked in the music theatre world as a technical director and sound designer for over 25 music theatre productions. As well, Jonathan has directed and produced full-staged musicals and also co-founded Music Theatre Montreal, a federally registered not-for-profit stepping stone organization for emerging arts professionals. With Music Theatre Montreal, he has directed and co-produced two main-stage productions, Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods", and Kander/Ebb's "Cabaret".
In addition to his work in stage directing, technical direction and sound design, Jonathan has worked on multiple film productions, melding his passion for theatre, music, sound and visual aesthetics. Jonathan is currently completing his masters degree at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
Sabrina Skau is a filmmaker from Portland, OR who specializes in documentary and ethnographic media. She holds a BA in anthropology from Brown University and recently completed a MA in visual anthropology at the University of Southern California. A former oboist, Sabrina has many fond memories of playing in various orchestras and other ensembles from elementary school through college. Sabrina resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Michele DesLauriers is an actor, dancer and filmmaker originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Michele has had an active career in Quebec and Ontario as a dance teacher and stage performer. Alongside Michele’s artistic career she has also recently held an administrative role at Music Theatre Montreal; a not-for-profit designed to provide education and workshops for emerging arts professionals, as the Director of Outreach. Michele has received professional training from The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Concordia University, York University and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
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Risks and challenges
Documentaries are a labour of love. While in any film production there are risks and challenges, our team is comprised of unique and talented individuals who are personally and professional committed to making classical music accessible to the mainstream.
Our crew has been educated at some of the top film institutes (USC School of Cinematic Arts, York University) and have access to the resources and expertise to overcome any challenge or obstacle that may come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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