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This feature-length documentary follows the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a hymn to liberty and freedom.
This feature-length documentary follows the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a hymn to liberty and freedom.
246 backers pledged $15,220 to help bring this project to life.

Clip #1 From Film: Thanks for hanging in there!

Friends of Following The Ninth,

I've received a couple notes from supporters asking, with some frustration, about the film and its progress. The film is done, thank goodness, but I and my distributors have spent a lot of time negotiating and getting the rights to the enormous amount of archival footage used to create Following The Ninth, especially the footage for the Tiananmen Square events. At times the battle to finish has been agonizing and a challenge to my belief in the project. Not having some of this footage kept us from releasing the film in Europe. And while I still don't have a firm release date for the U.S., I hope to have one soon.

I've attached a short clip from the finished movie, as we get into the story of how the Ninth became so important in Japan, where there are hundreds of Ninth concerts each year, with 5000 and 10,000-member choruses. I will post a few more if you like. These are low res non-HD movie files, and therefore don't show the real beauty of the footage. I recently saw the film blown up on a large High Definition screen, and it was shocking how the images are transformed from chrysalis to butterfly.

And thanks to all of you for keeping faith with this film after such a long haul, and with some time still to go. I won't disappoint you at the end of the day. I hope you will feel some pride in having supported a project that means the world to me, and that, with some luck, will have a deep resonance for many others. 


kerry candaele

Venice, CA

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    1. kerry candaele 3-time creator on April 23, 2012

      Thanks Spencer. Not a bad idea. Singing, crying, laughing, shouting for joy, I hope it's all in there.

    2. S. Spencer Baker on April 23, 2012

      Hey Kerry, I suggest you get Kleenex to sponsor the Tokyo screening because there's not going to be a dry eye in the house. Just keep going - it will be worth the wait. SSB

    3. kerry candaele 3-time creator on April 22, 2012

      Big thanks for the empathic votes of confidence. Yes, Claire, we set out with the idea that, of course, the film will be done in a year, a year and a half at most, and then find ourselves laughing at ourselves, and then pushing on. And since I recently saw Beckett's Godot, I am reminded of his final sentence from The Unnameable, about how sticky life gets at times when the obstacles descend, one after another as if a cosmic joke at work to scramble the best laid plans: "I can't go on. I'll go on". What else can we do? I am so grateful for the support you have shown. Believe me, I have the kickstarter tribe on my mind all the time. As in, "Jeez, what are they thinking? I know they're out there ready to revolt, and they're coming with the pitchforks! I've got to get this film done before they die, or I die. Each would be really bad, and the latter preferable to living with the former." Boy, getting this film to all of you will be a real pleasure.
      I will post another clip shortly, even though I know that some of you would rather wait for the bigger, finer version. You don't have to watch. But I just want to offer a small act of faith of my own, and the only way I know of doing that at the moment is by posting some of the work. It's part of the fourth movement, when the Ninth begins to take off on a slow gallop and ends in a sprint to the finish. I won't include that finish because it is too special, and should be seen bigger, in all it's glory. So for the moment, the next clip will be the beginning of the final movement. Your big hearts have soothed an anxious mind today. Profound thanks, indeed.

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      Jasmin Palmer on April 22, 2012

      Loving what I'm seeing.
      Can't wait to see the whole piece.
      Thank's for sharing.
      Best Wishes,

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      Judy Tuwaletstiwa on April 22, 2012

      doing a work of art sets its own time limits. things always come up. doors close. other doors open. you work very is obvious from this clip...don't put the stress of a deadline on top of that. i look forward to your final version when it is available. warm wishes, judy

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      Danny Rosenbaum on April 22, 2012

      Looks great! Really looking forward to seeing the whole doc.

    7. Claire Panke on April 22, 2012

      great to see this are really getting to the soul of this music, and of music in general. Keep up the good work (and good spirits) amidst what I, as another filmmaker, know to be a very arduous and challenging process. I'm on year #10 of my own film! It's much more difficult work than most people realize. I look forward to seeing the finished product ~ and I'd prefer to see it in a theater with other viewers...the world needs more films like this!

    8. kerry candaele 3-time creator on April 22, 2012

      Thank you, thank you, thank you all. kerry

    9. F Michael Hemmer on April 22, 2012

      Hey Kerry - Keep the faith brother! You're doing a great work for all of us and imho it's going to have a meaningful impact to the culture of the planet. Can't wait to see you at the Big Apple premier - whenever that happens. Be well!

    10. kerry candaele 3-time creator on April 22, 2012

      The problem with posting digital copies is that once they are up on line anywhere, then the sale of and dvd is about useless, as the film will be sent around the internet immediately for free with no way of bringing it down. That's just one of the realities we deal with in the age of what some people call the "stealing" of content, and others call "open source sharing." It's a tricky situation for any film maker wanting to make a living doing this. The distributors (mine included) and theaters don't want dvd sales or streaming or VOD to take place before the film appears in the theater. The theaters want people to come in and buy popcorn instead of staying home for a rental on netflix. Deals are made with the theater chains who insist that films not be released to dvd or video on demand until at least a month after it shows in the theater. If movies were released on line before going into theaters, there would be no theaters to go to, which may in fact be the future of movies.

    11. bill bonner on April 22, 2012

      Thanks for updating, Kerry - best of luck!

    12. Jan Marien on April 22, 2012

      Hello Kerry,
      looks great. I'll be happy when the dvd finally drops in the mail box. Just carry on. We can understand what a lot of problems you have to overcome.
      Keep up the spirit. And thanks.

    13. Anthony Martin on April 22, 2012

      If the film is done, can't you just post a digital copy online for your backers to watch until you can send the physical copies?