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A Symphony of Hope
Directed by
Brian Weidling

USA, Haiti / 2017 / 87
New York Premiere

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Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Brian Weilding, Christopher Lennertz
In the wake of the catastrophic 2010 Haitian earthquake, composer Christopher Lennertz, inspired by his friendship with Hands Together founders Father Tom Hagan and Doug Campbell, thought to use music to reignite hope. Starting with a Haitian folk theme, Lennertz enlisted 25 award-winning Hollywood composers to create a symphony, writing sections sequentially, like a musical chain-letter. With composers of such films as Jurassic Park 3, Wonder Boys and Passion of the Christ, the music of live studio sessions is woven into a whole piece by filmmaker Brian Weidling, incorporating documentary footage of Haiti from its revolutionary beginnings, to the disaster, then its aftermath as Haitians rebuild their homes, and finally, a future of hope. Full of humanity, A Symphony of Hope confirms the importance of art, music and culture to reconstruct a country in crisis and affirms that the world is built stronger by people working hand in hand. — Colton Cox
A native of Hillsborough, NJ, Brian Weidling is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied television and film producing. He started his professional career assisting the Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Mutual Film Company on critically acclaimed films such as Saving Private Ryan, A Simple Plan and The Truman Show. In 2003 Brian produced and directed The Goal-Claudio Reyna, a four-year odyssey following the US men's soccer team captain's journey through the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. The film was narrated by Robert Duvall and critically acclaimed by Sports Illustrated as a 'soccer nut's dream'. In August 2012, Tumbleweed Entertainment released Speak theatrically to critical acclaim. Speak followed the journey of the finalists for The World Championship of Public Speaking. Brian is currently in production directing Cashel: 21 and Counting, about a boy with a genetic disorder that has lived his entire life in bed.
Cast/Featuring: Father Tom Hagan, Jimmy Belabre, Christopher Lennertz
Executive Producer(s): Brian Weidling
Producer(s): Brian Weidling, Christopher Lennertz
Director(s): Brian Weidling
Screenwriter(s): Brian Weidling
Cinematographer(s): Ed Gutentag
Editor(s): Chris Ross Leong, Brian Weidling, Brendan Merrill
Composer(s)/Music: Christopher Lennertz, Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Bruce Broughton, George S. Clinton, Elia Cmiral, Don Davis, John Debney, Randy Edelman, Andrew Gross, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, David Kitay, Deborah Lurie, Lisbeth Scott, Pete Seibert, Theodore Shapiro, Ed Shearmur, John Swihart, Brian Tyler, Michael Wandmacher, Timothy Michael Wynn, Christopher Young
Sound Designer(s): Keith Ukrisna
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