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Music From the Inside Out

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Daniel Anker / 2006

Filmed over a period of five years on three continents, the film is the result of the collaboration between the filmmaker and the musicians themselves. Unique in style and approach, the main character of this film is music itself. An eclectic soundtrack incorporates a blend of well-loved musical works-including classical, jazz, bluegrass, salsa and world music.
It is about the many people within one musical ensemble, it is ultimately a personal musical journey. Each musician’s story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries and to choose the path of an artist.


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Running Time: 90 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Education, Music
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Daniel Anker
Production Company: Anker Productions

Press

  • “…energy and enthusiasm triumph in "Music From the Inside Out.”
    Russell Edwards, VARIETY

    “Daniel Anker's profound and moving documentary "Music from the Inside Out" reflects upon such abstractions, capturing the power of the creative process in an uncommonly perceptive and inspiring way.”
    Laura Kern, NEW YORK TIMES

    “Anker poses a question — what is music? — and proceeds through interviews with the musicians and performances to illuminate the art form as well as the passion that drives its practitioners. Whether analyzing the intricacies of music or explaining how it fills their lives, the musicians are charming, intelligent and articulate ambassadors for their field.”
    Kevin Crust, L.A. TIMES

    “The film is a revealing portrait of painfully withdrawn artists navigating the tug between the divine harmony of an orchestral synthesis and the sweaty glow of individual experimentation.”
    R. Emmet Sweeney, THE VILLAGE VOICE

    "This film moved me to the absolute core of my being. It took several minutes to regain my composure."
    Michael W. Udow, Professor of Music, University of Michigan

Festival & Awards

  • International Documentary Association - 2004
    Nominated for IDA Award for Best Feature Documentary
  • Sidney Film Festival, Australia - 2004
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2004
  • Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2004
  • Vallalodid International Film Festival, Spain - 2004
  • Skip-City Festival, Japan - 2004
  • Wisconsin Film Festival, USA - 2006

additional materials

  • Film Poster
  • Music from the Inside Out, by Daniel Anker, Carol Ponder, Donna Santman, Eric Booth

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  • Synopsis

    Daniel Anker was Oscar nominated for SCOTTSBORO, AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY and Emmy nominated for IMAGINARY WITNESS, HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLOCAUST.

    Music takes us on this wonderful trip; where there’s some danger, maybe some peril, maybe some moments of respite, maybe even a little love affair. -Paul, member of The Philadelphia Orchestra

    MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT is a cinematic exploration of music through the stories and artistry of the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The film follows these musicians as they explore what music means in their lives, both inside and outside the concert hall. The resulting stories-of passion, struggle, perseverance and transcendence-serve to illuminate the role of music in all of our lives.

    Filmed over a period of five years on three continents, MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT is the result of the collaboration between the filmmaker and the musicians themselves. Unique in style and approach, the main character of this film is music itself. An eclectic soundtrack incorporates a blend of well-loved musical works-including classical, jazz, bluegrass, salsa and world music.

    It is the musicians themselves who come to the forefront, rather than the conductor or star soloist. Among the many memorable musicians featured are concertmaster David Kim, whose quest for a solo career ends with a life-changing epiphany that led him to the orchestra; trombonist Nitzan Haroz, who jams with a local salsa band each Thursday night; violist and artist Judy Geist, who finds connections between her painting and her music; and cellist Udi Bar-David, an Israeli who initiates a musical collaboration with a prominent Palestinian musician, in which music trumps politics.

    While MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT is about the many people within one musical ensemble, it is ultimately a personal musical journey. Each musician’s story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries and to choose the path of an artist. Ultimately, the film attempts to break down the barriers that have long separated orchestra musicians and their audiences, and get to the essence of the music itself.

    In one remarkable scene ( a filmmakers dream!) the orchestra has a bite to eat before a concert. They are already dressed for the performance, one of them walks into the restaurant and says: ‘come outside, there is a guy out on the street and he plays The Four Seasons on an accordion. The whole orchestra walks out and stands around the man, listening to a extraordinary and deeply moving performances.

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