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Director: Owsley Brown | Producer: Owsley Brown, Anne Flatté, Christy McGill | Editor: Gina Leibrecht, Eva Ilona Brzeski, Jeff Boyette | Cinematographer: Marcel Cabrera | USA / 2016 / 70 min / Documentary
Owsley Brown in attendance.
About the Film
Since 1956, Sainte Trinité Music School has brought classical music to thousands of Haitians. Its director, Father David Cesar, has made music education accessible through programs all around the island nation. In the wake of Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake, the school is destroyed—but Cesar, his faculty, and their students refuse to let Sainte Trinité disappear. Filmed over seven years, Serenade for Haiti is a testament to resilience, hope, and the power of music.
About the Filmmaker
Owsley Brown is a documentary filmmaker born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky who makes San Francisco, California his home. Serenade for Haiti (Serenad pou Ayiti) is Owsley’s third feature documentary film. His directorial debut, Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles, about the American writer and composer, Paul Bowles, won the Independent Spirit Award in 2000, the Hamptons International Film Festival 1999 Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, and selection by the Berlin International Film Festival in 2000. His critically-acclaimed second film, Music Makes A City, chronicled the commissioning project of the Louisville Orchestra in the 1950’s and was awarded Britain’s Gramophone Award for Best DVD Documentary in 2012 and had its U.S. television broadcast premiere in January, 2014, on PBS stations nationwide. Owsley has also co-produced the landmark documentary feature Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, (Directed by Jeff Dupre and Matthew Akers) which won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, a Grand Jury Prize nomination at the Sundance Film Festival and a Peabody Award in 2012, as well as Laura Dunn’s documentary feature Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (in 2017 NFF program) which premiered at Sundance in 2017. Owsley is the Executive Producer of Music Makes A City NOW, an original web series inspired by his feature film that follows music makers in communities across America. Music Makes a City NOW, in its second season, is distributed by PBS Arts.