MIRACLE IN A BOX
a piano reborn
a film by John Korty
narrated by John Lithgow
Miracle in a Box is an inspiring film about the coming together of three events: the bequest of a grand piano, the student competition to win it, and the months and months of work required to make it sing again.The First Berkeley Piano Competition provides most of the music in the film with six talented finalists playing several classical selections. But jazz and blues blossom as well while Callahan Piano artisans take apart and rebuild the instrument before our eyes, hewing to standards as precise as a tenth of a gram. The close relationships and easy humor of the workshop accompany the highly professional techniques and tools.
The winner of the competition, Jared Redmond, finally makes his debut on what is now his Steinway grand at the party given in the workshop as a finale. The celebration is not only about talent, but also about the dedication of craftspeople who give good performers a means to play better than they had imagined to be possible.
Appearing on screen are Garrick Ohlsson, touring concert pianist; Jake Heggie, opera composer; Tammy Hall, jazz artist; Frederick Hodges, music stylist; Jerry Kuderna, Bay Area modernist; and Steve Willis, blues and boogie songwriter and performer. The narration is spoken by the distinguished actor, John Lithgow, and the film-maker is Oscar-winning documentarian, John Korty.
Beyond the world of music, the documentary also provides a good look at some alternative ways to improve the American workplace, the quality of its products and the rewards for its employees.
From the DVD bonus features
FeaturingCallahan Piano Service
The UC Berkeley Piano Competition
David Stanwood, piano action designer
Garrick Ohlsson, concert pianist
Jared Redmond, pianist and composer
Jake Heggie, pianist and composer
Tammy Hall, jazz pianist
Katie Hafner, author
S.E. Willis, blues and boogie musician
Jerry Kuderna, performing pianist and teacher
Frederick Hodges, ragtime pianist
Grant Hillemeyer, piano refinisher
S.E. Willis, artisan coffee roaster
Bob the Dog
Brisbane Library Bay Area
Friday, February 25, 7:30pm
Mission Blue Center
475 Mission Blue Drive
Come see a performance by the gifted pianist, Chloe Ma, who also appears in the film.
Ventura Film Festival
Saturday, July 3, 5:30pm
Ventura County Library
651 East Main St
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
Wednesday, July 14, 8pm
Chilmak Community Center
preceded by a piano performance by
David Stanwood and Mait Edey
Woods Hole Film Festival
Woods Hole, MA
Tuesday August 3, 2010, 7pm
Old Woods Hole Fire Station
"The piano film is marvelous!
I'm so proud to be a part of it."
What the press is sayingSan Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Magazine
What audiences are saying
"...it is a winner on all counts, and it does what very few films do – it makes you want to jump into the screen and be a part of it!"
"Fantastic film. We have recommended it to everyone we know."
"I was so incredibly impressed by the work you do on pianos! I can't even tell you how touched I was by the whole experience."
"I teared up - my father was a composer and piano player; as a toddler I played under his Steinway while he worked.
"You captured the artistry of the restoration. You captured the uniqueness of Northern California: it is full of gentle, smart artisans who have multiple interests and talents. You also captured the uniqueness of the piano."
At benefit screenings of Miracle In A Box, audiences have enjoyed Q & A sessions with the filmmaker, the piano technicians, and/or musicians from the film.
Would you like to screen Miracle In A Box at your fundraising event? Bridge Pin Productions would like to collaborate with you.
We will provide you with a screening copy of the film, discounted DVDs for resale and, when possible, one or more members of the film cast and crew.
A screening of Miracle in a Box will be an interesting, entertaining and sucessful fundraising event and can easily be combined with a recital, silent auction, dinner, or VIP reception.
Contact us to arrange a benefit screening for your organization.
Sonoma Film Institute
Sundial Film Festival
San Francisco Community Music Center
Mill Valley Film Festival
Port Townsend Film Festival
Antioch College Benefit Screening