Classical Arts Film Festival

Friday, August 27th

Film Block Two Titles

Tickets are $15.  Save 20% with the Festival Pass. 
Film Block Two exhibits two films: CARVING THE DIVINE,
PLAYING WITH FIRE - Jeannette Sorrell And The Mysteries of Conducting
Descriptions below
Carving The Divine
Running Time: 53min. 21sec.

The documentary Carving the Divine offers a rare and intimate look into the life and artistic process of modern-day Busshi – practitioners of a 1400 year lineage of woodcarving that’s at the heart of Japanese, Mahayana Buddhism.
The story opens as Master Koun Seki, the former apprentice of renowned Busshi, Kourin Saito, interviews a candidate applying to be Master Seki’s new apprentice. Quickly though, we discover this apprenticeship and the Būshi’s life in general to be far more austere, and far less glamorous, than we (or the Candidate) would’ve likely imagined.

Once Master Seki makes his selection, we’re taken on a trip through a guild culture unlike anything existing today in The West: From the growing pains of a novice apprentice, to the entire guild working together as one body to create breathtaking works of art, to the monkish practice of the famed, Grand Master Saito himself, alone on his quest to “leave nothing but great works behind.” 

Directed by Yujiro Seki
Country of origin:  Japan

Watch trailer here.

Playing With Fire
Jeannette Sorrell And The Mysteries of Conducting
Running Time: 70min

Jeannette Sorrell, told by the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Orchestra that no one will hire a woman conductor, forms her own Baroque orchestra, Apollos Fire, to immediate acclaim. This is the first film that shows how a conductor converts the dots on a printed score into musical phrases she can hear, and how the musicians almost miraculously transform her expressive gestures into an exciting performance.

Directed by Allan Miller
Country of Origin:  United States

Watch trailer here.

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