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THE CONDUCTOR
(90 min) US
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SATURDAY 10/30, 7:00 PM (SESSION 21)

Director: Bernadette Wegenstein
Producer: Annette Porter

Description:

Marin Alsop is a woman of firsts. She was the first (and only) conductor to receive a MacArthur Award. Marin became the first female to be appointed as music director of a major symphony, the first female music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to conduct the BBC’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’. In 2020, Marin became the first woman ever appointed as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and speculation in music circles suggests that she’s on track to become the first woman to conduct the prestigious Vienna New Year’s Concert. Despite being told girls can’t do that and being repeatedly rejected by the establishment of classical music, Marin Alsop persisted and never let go of her dream of becoming a conductor.

Biography:

Bernadette Wegenstein is an Austrian-born linguist, author and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker. Her work brings together her feminist thought and her interest in human-centric storytelling. She studied semiotics with Umberto Eco at the University of Bologna, and received her phD in Linguistics from Vienna University. As a post-doc she studied Comparative Literature and Film at Stanford University. She’s directed four documentaries, including The Conductor, See You Soon Again, and The Good Breast.

Annette Porter after twenty years advising companies on strategy and communications, followed her passion for photography into the world of documentary films. Founding Nylon Films to create factual content from a female perspective, Annette is as comfortable with her camera in a corporate boardroom as on a high altitude trail in Chile and has directed and produced work in arts and social justice, with critical acclaim in The Washington Post, BBC and NBC. As Director of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at John’s Hopkins University, Annette spearheads social entrepreneurship through film and galvanizing industry support for young filmmakers.

Contact Information:

w: http://cargofilm-releasing.com/films/the-conductor/
e: rebeccacellicargofilms@gmail.com



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