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CIFF Project of the Day: Inner-City Kids Find Music in 'Some Kind of Spark'

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 28, 2012 at 12:12PM

All this week on Indiewire's Project of the Day column, we'll be profiling films that have entered themselves for the Points North Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival.  At the end of the week, we'll open up the vote for Project of the Week, the winner of which will receive accomodations and a spot on the Points North Pitch at this year's Camden International Film Festival.  For more details on CIFF and Indiewire's Project of the Day contest, click here!  If you're a filmmaker who hasn't yet submitted to the pitch, there's still time to submit!
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"Some Kind of Spark"
"Some Kind of Spark"

All this week on Indiewire's Project of the Day column, we'll be profiling films that have entered themselves for the Points North Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival.  At the end of the week, we'll open up the vote for Project of the Week, the winner of which will receive accomodations and a spot on the Points North Pitch at this year's Camden International Film Festival.  For more details on CIFF and Indiewire's Project of the Day contest, click here!  If you're a filmmaker who hasn't yet submitted to the pitch, there's still time to submit!

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Some Kind of Spark"

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“Some Kind of Spark,” is a feature-length documentary that follows underserved inner city kids in the Music Advancement Program at The Juill
 

Elevator Pitch:

“Some Kind of Spark,” is a feature-length documentary that follows at risk inner-city kids through the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School. Independently produced and directed by Plow Productions—the only production company to have been granted unfettered access to the program—the film is an intimate look behind the scenes, from auditions to recitals, at home and in school—as the students are exposed to, and inspired by, the profound impact of music. Shot in HD over 2 years, the film will serve as an entertaining and educational reminder of the power and importance music plays in all of our lives.

Production Team:

Director/Producer/DP: Ben Niles ("Note By Note")
Editors: Purcell Carson ("Smile Pinki," "Semper Fi," "Note By Note"), Sara Pellegrini
DP's: Hope Hall, Ben Wolf

About the Production:

Music Education has been massively cut in US schools over the past decades, compromising our children’s education and jeopardizing our culture.

Since its inception in 1994, hundreds of kids have gone through Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. Some have achieved musical greatness—though not really the point of the program—but all have achieved a higher level of education through their music studies.

Ultimately, this is a film about how music can transform lives. Hopefully, it will also serve as an inspiration for other programs across the nation to nurture two of our most valuable national treasures: our children and our musical heritage.

Current Status:

Post-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page (campaign has ended)
Film Website

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