I have been filming "Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony" for four years. Filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, "Following The Ninth" tracks the stories of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the Ninth's message:" Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All Men Will Be Brothers, All People Are Connected By This Hymn To Freedom And Transcendence)." At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth Symphony over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their protests for freedom. In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, and those inside took hope when they heard the music. In England, the cherished singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, has rewritten the words to the "Ode To Joy" for a new era, and has had his version of the Ninth performed before the Queen. Throughout Japan each December, the Ninth is performed like no place else, often with 10,000 people singing in the chorus. It's a symphony of hope, of profound beauty, and one of the most powerful pieces of art ever created by a man who was completely deaf and could not hear his own music.
I am finished with the filming, and have begun our editing, with the film to be finished in early April. I am raising $8,000 to finish the editing and get the film out to a world that the film has brought together in the beautiful footage and uplifting stories. You can see the trailer for the film at http://www.followingtheninth.com
I am profoundly grateful for your help.
- (27 days)