As reported recently in NPR’s Deceptive Cadence, an 11 year old violinist named Dylan Hamme got to meet and play a duet with his music idol, Joshua Bell, on live national television no less. It seems he was busking on 5th Avenue near Rockefeller Center and was asked in to the NBC studio of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Strongman – A True Indie
Take the film’s description of itself with a grain of salt (no film web site will ever talk bad about itself), but I’m intrigued by this project called Strongman, a true Indie film, self-distributed by a NY filmmaker named Zachary Levy.
It will be showing at the Arena Grand Theater, March 5-7. There will be four shows daily 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 and 10:10. Levy will be doing Q & A’s after the 7:15 Friday, all the Saturday shows, and the matinees on Sunday.
I met Levy last night at the Arena Grand, and I was impressed with his attitude, marketing savvy, and knowledge of film. His budget was undoubtedly tiny, which makes it even more essential that he is traveling with his film, spreading word-of-mouth. I’m intrigued enough to watch it this weekend, and happy that I can give a young, passionate artist a chance to be heard.
From the film’s web site:
STRONGMAN is a cinema veritÃ© documentary about Stanless Steel, The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal.
Told with the kind of intimacy that can only be achieved with years of filming, STRONGMAN follows the dreams and heartbreaking humanity of Stanless Steelâ€”the only man alive who can bend a penny with his fingersâ€”as he struggles to gain control of a world that seems constantly out of his grasp.
STRONGMAN is a film about faith, about believing in yourself and a film about never giving up. It is a film about weakness and a film about strength.