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‘The Earth Moves’ Brings Philip Glass Opera ‘Einstein on the Beach’ to the Screen

'The Earth Moves' Brings Philip Glass Opera 'Einstein on the Beach' to the Screen

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The Earth Moves

Logline: “The Earth Moves” is about Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, “Einstein on the Beach,” and the connection between physics, opera, and imagination.

Elevator Pitch: “The Earth Moves” travels through nearly four decades of “Einstein on the Beach” performances, culminating in 2012, when Philip Glass and Robert Wilson brought the opera to life again for what will most likely be its last presentation in their lifetime. With extraordinary access, we were able to interview all the principal “Einstein on the Beach” collaborators who helped to unearth and explain the subtle mysteries of the opera. The collaborators offer a broad spectrum of intellectual and artistic genius ranging in expertise: from visual arts, poetry and dance to classical composition and modern physics.
Production Team: 

John Walter (Director): 

I am a director and editor based in New York City. My first feature-length documentary “How To Draw A Bunny” about the artist Ray Johnson won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary. In 2008, I directed and edited “Theater Of War,” a film about Bertolt Brecht, which the New York Times called “Inspired, inspiring.” I have also directed projects for Comedy Central, the Independent Film Channel, the Sundance Channel, PBS, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In addition, I have edited several critically acclaimed documentaries including Amir Bar-Lev’s “My Kid Could Paint That” (2007) and Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” (2009). Most recently, I edited Ry Russo Young’s narrative feature “Nobody Walks,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Mr. Mudd Productions:

Mr. Mudd Productions was founded by award-winning producers Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith. Past productions include the Oscar-nominated “Juno,” “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “How to Draw a Bunny” and the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary “Which Way Home.”

Brooklyn Academy of Music:

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has been presenting cutting edge contemporary art, theater, opera, dance and music longer than any other cultural institution in the United States. In 1984 it presented the historic production of “Einstein on the Beach” as part of the Next Wave Festival and brought the Pomegranate Arts production in 2012 for its 150th anniversary. Due to its regard as a preeminent cultural institution, BAM’s programs have had a major impact on the arts in New York City and beyond.

About the Film: 
“The Earth Moves” will help bring “Einstein on the Beach” to a contemporary audience. Philip Glass and Robert Wilson are celebrated as artists, but younger generations have not had an opportunity to experience “Einstein on the Beach.” Our goal is to bring attention to this important work which laid the groundwork for their artistic careers. “Einstein on the Beach” is an opera like no other. Telling its story requires a documentary like no other. “The Earth Moves” outlines new connections between the artistic and the creative community, between artistic expression and scientific exploration.

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