Playing for Change: Peace Through Music
(82 min) USA
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Friday 10/25, 10:15 PM (Session 27)

Directors: Mark Johnson, Jonathan Walls
Producer: Mark Johnson


This is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of hope, struggle, perseverance and joy. It is the story of an unparalleled international collaboration and the remarkable power of music.


Mark Johnson is a Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer and award-winning film director, working with some of the most renowned musicians and producers in the music, film and television industries. As the co-founder of the Playing for Change documentaries, Mark has been perfecting an innovative, mobile technique for recording musicians outside all over the world, and combining them together to create Songs Around the World. Mark is also the chairman of the board for the Playing for Change Foundation, and is profoundly dedicated to connecting the world through music. In 1997, Jonathan graduated from St. Bonaventure University in his hometown of Olean, New York. It was there that he made his first documentary titled The Legacy Project: Preserving Life. Upon graduation, Jonathan continued his path of education and attended a workshop for directing at the New York Film Academy. While at NYFA he met Rehina Pereira, founder and executive producer of Verite Productions in Singapore who collaborated with Jonathan on an historical documentary for the National History Museum of Singapore. While shooting in Singapore, he met with MTV Asia and directed/edited a reality-based series called It's My Life, which won The Best Editing Award. In 2001, Jonathan joined forces with Whitney Burditt and Mark Johnson on the award-winning Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music.

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Playing for Change Foundation

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