beyond the PRACTICE ROOM
Subjects: Documentary, Family, Music
"You show me a really fine talent that succeeds, and I¹ll show you an ambitious parent." -- Ruth Slenczynska. Behind-the-scenes movies proved fascinating even before we had talkies; BEYOND THE PRACTICE ROOM will not disappoint as it probes the complicated issue of who is or isn¹t a child prodigy. Filmed backstage during the prestigious New York Piano Competition in June 2004, 22 teens, 14 - 18, vie for money, medals and priceless performance opportunities. We discover some of the essential ingredients in developing young pianists for the concert stage. But we are also witness to the pride, persistence and detrimental involvement of stage parents. The contestants, from 13 states, six countries, started at the piano as early as two, as late as seven. But they share a single-mindedness about music; they also share various forms of stage- or performance-fright, overlaying the natural state of teen-age angst. Nothing deters them from the competition, especially if there is a prodding parent near by.
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