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Project of the Day: An Orchestra of Guitars in Western Massachusetts

Project of the Day: An Orchestra of Guitars in Western Massachusetts

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“Peter Blanchette & The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra”

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A documentary adventure about success, collectivity, and surviving as an artist..
Elevator Pitch:
To quote Adam Orth, from the Recorder, “The first thing you need to know is that the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra is awesome!” Based in Western Mass., ranging in age from 14 to 65, HVGO is a true avant-garde community orchestra, comprised of more than 20 talented, enthusiastic, acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. As the conductor, Blanchette is striving to both get the folks who only play and attend musical events in local beer halls and nightclubs to listen to Philip Glass, and also to teach a more traditional classical music audience something important about Kurt Cobain.
Production Team:
Director: Jesse Epstein
Producer: Paul Odgren
About the Production:
“It all started with a call from Peter Blanchette (conductor, musician and inventor of the 11 string Archguitar) asking about filming a single performance, but when we came to a rehearsal we got hooked on a bigger story.  Through the film we’re exploring larger questions about the meaning of success, what it means to work in groups, what it means to be an artist in America, and how it might be possible to survive doing the things you love to do.” — Jesse Epstein
Production Status:
Getting ready for post-production, looking to hire Malcolm Pullinger (“Winnebago Man”) to edit.
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