Symphony in D premieres at Miami Film Festival

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DIRECTED BY Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson

Country: USA

Language: English

Running Time: 53min

Film Year: 2017

Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

This soaring documentary from Dennis Scholl and Miami native Marlon Johnson—whose Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound world premiered at the Festival in 2014—tracks the highly unusual and inspired collaboration between Pulitzer Prize-nominated musician Tod Machover and the people of Detroit.

Machover received over 15,000 individual contributions; bars of music, but also field recordings capturing the everyday sounds of the city. Over 13 months Machover assembles the material and shapes it into a symphony for the Motor City, to be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin and accompanied by Detroit citizens. Symphony in D is the awe-inspiring profile of this unique celebration of a great American metropolis.

This film is also featured in the 2017 Film Festival’s Florida Focus and Reel Music Film Categories.


Director: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson

Producer: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson

Music: Tod Machover

Cinematographer: John Anderson Beavers

Editor: Kontaxis Konstania

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