NY/LA Screenings with DocuWeeks™

DocuWeeks12 Official Selection-col

We are very honored to announce that “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” will be presented in the International Documentary Association’s 16th Annual DocuWeeks™ Documentary Showcase. This is a great way for NYC and LA folks to see the film on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen and heard as a commercial grade DCP!

Check out the I.D.A.’s website for more info http://www.documentary.org/docuweeks2012

New York I.F.C. Center

FRI 8/3 1:45 PM 7:30 PM, SAT 8/4 12:00 PM 5:15 PM, SUN 8/5 3:30 PM 9:40 PM, MON 8/6 1:45 PM 7:30 PM, TUE 8/7 12:00 PM 5:15 PM, WED 8/8 3:30 PM 9:40 PM, THU 8/9 1:45 PM 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Laemmle NoHo 7

FRI 8/10 3:35 PM 9:50 PM, SAT 8/11 1:45 PM 7:30 PM, SUN 8/12 12:05 PM 5:20 PM, MON 8/13 3:35 PM 9:50 PM, TUE 8/14 1:45 PM 7:30 PM, WED 8/15 12:05 PM 5:20 PM, THU 8/16 3:35 PM 9:50 PM

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Tribeca Premiere Summary

The Tribeca premiere went smashingly!  We had one of the quickest sell-outs of the festival (in one of the largest theaters) and a standing ovation.  It was great seeing all the 2010/11 Chorus kids there and getting to do the red carpet with them (again!).

We were lucky to get a lot of press.  Perhaps the most fun was talking to the legendary Ondi Timoner for her B.Y.O.D. series.


Check out the links below for more mementos and press clippings.

MovieMaker Magazine interview with director Jonathan Kalafer

NPR Interview with Mr. B and Director Jonathan Kalafer on Soundcheck

We made Indiewires “15 Most Anticipated Films List”

New York Daily News Feature

Fox Five News Spot

Hufington Post Feature

Wall Street Journal Feature

Gothamist Curtain Raiser

Staten Island Advance’s Extensive Feature

WBAI Interview with Jonathan Kalafer by Rebbeca Myles

Variety Curtain-Raiser

Jersey City Independent Interview with Director Jonathan Kalafer

Public Radio Interview with Director Jonathan Kalafer about “Reforminess”

Write up by Pamela Skillings

IndieWire Curtain-Raiser

Write up by NewYorkFilmChick

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Watch the trailer

Watch the official trailer for “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” here.  The full documentary is coming soon!

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April 29th 3PM I SVA Theatre Silas I 333 W 23rd Street

We are thrilled to announce that “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” will have its World Premiere as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival.  All the details can be found on the Tribeca Film Festival website.

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Poster Design

The Heads of State
Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers
Art Direction Scott Kmiec

Check out our poster art from the Heads of State design studio. Their designs have been requisitioned by The New York Times, R.E.M., Wired, Wilco, The New Yorker, The School of Visual Arts (though neither Jason nor Dustin are graduates), NPR, American Express, and Los Angeles Magazine amongst many others. As a director it was fascinating to see how they translated the film into their medium and which images resonated with them. With the art direction of Scott Kmiec and the animation skills of Colin Hesterly this design will come alive in our title sequence.




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Synopsis – Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It all started when their dynamic and caring teacher Gregg Breinberg starting posting videos of their performances on YouTube. The videos went viral captivating viewers from your house to the White House (where they performed for President Obama) with the students’ pure love of music. Celebrities and Indie Rockers alike started flocking to the elementary school to visit and perform. Then, at their annual Christmas concert they got a surprise visit from Oscar Co-Host Anne Hathaway who invited them to perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. With unprecedented access our crew follows them from the hallways and streets of Staten Island to the Red Carpet and backstage at the Kodak Theater for their big Oscar performance. Back stage drama combines with homesickness as the 10 year olds navigate the world of the entertainment elite. The drama culminates when the chorus director and the producer of the Oscars broadcast clash over creative differences and half the chorus looses their voices screaming at Disney the day before the big show. This documentary is an inspiring feel-good story that shows us children have a lot to teach about music, and that a talented teacher can teach his students the most important lesson of all; within themselves is the power to do anything.

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PS22 Chorus Documentary

We are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming documentary about the PS 22 Chorus.

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Once in a Lullaby: PS22 Chorus Documentary

and check out this amazing improv from chorus members Denise and Azaria who are featured in the film.

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