festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is


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It is hard to imagine Miami's rich, cosmopolitan cultural landscape without the contributions of one conductor and musical director: Michael Tilson Thomas, known as MTT to his many colleagues, proteges, and fans. One of the leading visionaries behind the New World Symphony, now one of Miami's cultural Meccas, MTT has helped shape our city. But as this riveting new documentary shows, his work has impacted classical music the world over.

In 1970, Michael Tilson Thomas was considered the great young hope of American classical music. Becoming a star overnight, when he stepped in mid-concert to replace the ailing Boston Symphony conductor, the expectations for him were limitless. In 1988 he inaugurated the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy to prepare highly-gifted graduates of prestigious music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. The documentary film follows the life of free-spirited Michael Tilson Thomas, as he went his own way and stretched the boundaries of classical music.

Featuring an intimate look at MTT working and living behind-the-scenes, interviews with countless musical colleagues, and concert footage from around the world this is the definitive portrait of one of America's greatest conductors.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Director Bio

Susan Froemke is a four-time Emmy winner and non-fiction filmmaker with over thirty films to her credit, including the 2001 Academy Award nominated HBO documentary Lalee's Kin, Grey Gardens (76) and Wagner's Dream (12) which had U.S. theatrical run before airing on PBS. Froemke was formerly principal filmmaker at the legendary Maysles Films for more than two decades.

The late Kirk Simon was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning once in 2010 for “Strangers No More” in the Documentary Short Subject Oscar category. He was also nominated for the feature Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer (86). He passed away in 2018 while working on Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is (20).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Susan Froemke, Kirk Simon
  • Producer(s)
    Catherine Mulry
  • Cast
    Michael Tilson Thomas, Steve Reich, Joshua Robison

Film Info