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This feature-length documentary follows the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a hymn to liberty and freedom. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on February 27, 2011.

This feature-length documentary follows the global impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a hymn to liberty and freedom.

About this project

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.

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    For a $25 contribution you receive a copy of the DVD upon release.

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    With your $50 contribution you receive a copy of the DVD upon release, and recognition in the film as a sponsor.

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    With you $100 contribution you receive a a copy of the DVD upon release, an invitation and 2 tickets to a screening nearest to your home town, and a copy of a CD "Nine On The Ninth" with nine songs inspired by the Ninth by various musicians. You will also be crediting as a sponsor in the film.

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    With your $500 contribution you will receive ten copies of the DVD for family and friends, four tickets to a screening closest to your home town and a cocktail party with the director, a CD "Nine On The Ninth" with 9 songs inspired by the Ninth Symphony by various musicians. You will also be noted as a Gold Sponsor credit at the end of the film.

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    With a $100 contribution you will receive ten copies of the DVD for family and friends, six tickets to a screening closest to your home town and a cocktail party with the director, a CD "Nine On The Ninth" with 9 songs inspired by the Ninth Symphony by various musicians. You will also be noted as a Platinum Sponsor credit at the end of the film.

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    With you $2,500 contribution, besides receiving everything at the $ 1,000 level, I will personally travel to anywhere in the United States (on frequent flyer miles accrued over the years of filming around the world) and give a private showing of the film to your house party. You might want to take up a collection for this one. And I'll stop and buy wine on the way in from the airport.

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- (27 days)