USA/Israel, Feature Documentary, 2017, 82 min
Opening Night film at Hamptons International Film FestivalItzhak Perlman, the greatest living violinist, takes us on a personal journey through his music and one year of his life. Filmmaker Alison Chernick gains privileged access to Perlman with his family, friends and colleagues. Wheelchair-bound from childhood polio, he recounts stories of overcoming obstacles with his talent and humor. We follow him in eclectic settings, from performing with Billy Joel, to visiting his native Israel, to a long conversation with his friend Alan Alda, who is also a polio survivor. The film offers a portrait of a brilliant, amiable artist seeking to bridge the future through his students.
Directed by Alison ChernickColorado Premiere