Director: Dror Zahavi
Germany, 2019 • Drama • English • 106 minutes • Rockland County Premiere

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Sponsor: Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center; Orange and Rockland Utilities; Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig
Speakers: an Interview Between Elliott Forrest and Stephen Glantz

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Elliott Forrest

Elliott Forrest is a Peabody Award winning broadcaster, director, designer and producer. Co-Creator and Producer of the national tour of AN EVENING WITH ITZHAK PERLMAN. Co-Director and Projection Designer of the live national tour and PBS TV Special of CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD from composer Craig Hella Johnson. He’s the Executive Producer of The Public Theater’s 2020 Shakespeare in the Park on the Radio. He’s directed several versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with such Scrooges as David Hyde Pierce, F. Murray Abraham, Brian Cox, Tony Roberts and Kathleen Turner. He is the afternoon host on New York’s Classical Radio Station 105.9FM, WQXR, host of the national radio concerts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has hosted more the 60 concerts on-stage at Carnegie Hall. He regularly produces, directs and designs symphony concerts: LA Philharmonic, The NY Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, New Haven Symphony Pasadena Pops and the Little Orchestra Society in venues including the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center.

He is the Founding Executive Artistic Director of of Rockland County, NY, bringing professional concerts and conversations to the community. Projection Designer for recent Off-Broadway play TECH SUPPORT. Orchestra narrator: Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, Peter and the Wolf, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide. For 12 years he was on A&E Television as host of Breakfast with the Arts. He appeared on the original NBC TV show THE GONG SHOW with Chuck Barris.
BA in Theater from the University of Texas, Austin.


Stephen Glantz

Stephen Glantz is an award-winning screenwriter and author. His book Clara’s War, published in the U.S. by Harper Collins, has been translated into 21 languages and was named a Sophie Brody Honor Book by the American Library Association.
For the past 20 years, most of his work has focused on race, genocide, politics and young people in areas of conflict. Crescendo, directed by Dror Zahavi, his most recent film is about a German conductor who decides to form an orchestra of Palestinian and Israeli young people to play at a peace conference.
Since 2000, Stephen has worked extensively in Germany for Artur Brauner, Alice Brauner and their company, CCC Filmkunst. Besides Crescendo, CCC has produced five of Stephen’s scripts. Lara (2000), Babij Jar (2003) directed by Jeff Kanew, about the massacre of 35,000 Jews in two days in a ravine outside of Kiev. Der Letzte Zug (The Last Train) 2006, about the last deportation from Berlin to Auschwitz was directed by Czech director, Josef Vilsmaier. His film Wunderkinder, released in 2011 and directed by Marcus Rosenmueller, received the Yad Vashem Award as best film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film also garnered three awards at The Giffoni Children’s Film Festival, won best screenplay in Copenhagen and received over a dozen audience awards at festivals including Palm Springs, Stony Brook and The Berkshire International Film Festival. Auf Das Leben (To Life) 2014 directed by Uwe Janson, tells the story of an aging Jewish cabaret singer who refused to leave Berlin after the war.
In the late 1980’s Stephen began to work in long form, writing both feature films and movies for television. His television movies include To Live Again with Bonnie Bedelia and Frances Sternhagen, While Justice Sleeps, with Cybil Shepard and Tim Matheson, and Poisoned by Love with Harry Hamlin and Helen Shaver. He also wrote the Brandon Lee/Dolf Lundgren action film Showdown in Little Tokyo. He has written for all the major studios and networks and worked with such directors as Sidney Poitier, Bruce Beresford, Ivan Passer, Steven Gylenhall and Agniesazka Holland.
Stephen’s most recent TV movie The Watsons go to Birmingham (2013) is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. It aired in September 2013 on the Hallmark Channel.
Stephen was a scholar-in-residence at Brandeis in 2008 and 2010 and has taught a course, Genocide and the Media, at Williams College. He is on the faculty at Emerson College where he teaches Writing the Film Adaptation, Writing the Movie Musical, Writing the Social Justice Film and graduate level screenwriting.