We Conduct, a Documentary Film About Marin Alsop
Dr. Bernadette Wegenstein, professor of media study & documentary filmmaker, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Bernadette Wegenstein is the director and creative force behind We Conduct, a documentary film about women orchestral conductors and their incredible dedication, devotion, mentorship and love for music itself, highlighting the camaraderie and mentorship between generations of female conductors and musicians. With a particular focus on Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (and lead positions in Sao Paulo and Vienna) - the first woman to conduct a major American orchestra - the film shows her power in pursuing a field not historically welcome to women and follows her career development and her mentorship of emerging conductors Jonathan Rush and Sumaya Elkashif. The presentation will include 20 minutes of edited scenes including concerts with maestra Alsop in Vienna, Sao Paulo, London and Baltimore. We will get a peek into the filmmaking process from pre- to post- production, with an emphasis on film editing (this film is still in the editing process and will be released in 2020). Our speaker will also address the following questions: How did she decide to tell the story of Marin Alsop? What challenges were encountered? What are the highlights of the process?
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