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Filmmaker Alison Chernick (Matthew Barney: No Restraint) takes us on an intimate cinematic journey through the life of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered to be one of the greatest living violinists. With privileged access to Perlman himself, as well as his family, friends, and colleagues, we learn how his passion for music allowed him to find a platform for personal expression and how his profound talent and wry humor have helped him overcome numerous obstacles (including being wheelchair-bound since childhood). We witness his remarkable generosity with students and fellow musicians, as he maintains his devotion to his family and a determination to live a modern Jewish life that honors tradition in a world of changing expectations.


Opening Night with Q&A with filmmaker Alison Chernick and RECEPTION
Tuesday, Mar. 13 2018, 7:00
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Creating a bridge between contemporary art and film, Chernick has succeeded in capturing the thoughts and processes of many prolific artists. Her first feature The Jeff Koons Show has been screened at various museums, including the five Guggenheims, Smithsonian, SFMOMA, and The Walker. She completed her second feature Matthew Barney: No Restraint which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was released theatrically by The Weinstein Co. The Tate Modern commissioned her to do a film on Roy Lichtenstein. Chernick's writing credits include Showtime, Sundance, Sci-Fi, MTV, VH1, History Channel, and Nat’l Geo. The Artist Is Absent, a film on Margiela premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2015. Her most recent film, Itzhak, will have its US theatrical premiere in 2018. Chernick is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a New York Women in Film & TV grant, and a Loreen Arbus grant.

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2018: Music Films, Old and New series.

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