Closing Night / The Gershman Y
Director: David Grubin
This charming musical comedy of Big Apple dreams and Brighton Beach personalities stars real-life musicians in a singing love letter to the most musically rich city in the world. A family of talented Russian immigrant musicians plays the New York City subway in an attempt to make ends meet. The group's star violinist, Sasha (Grammy Winner Philippe Quint), has been given the chance of a lifetime: to study at Julliard for a shot at success as a professional musician and to earn a green card. During an open call audition, Sasha encounters "Downtown Express," a jazzy, lounge-fusion, hipster band with a catchy sound and a captivating lead singer, Ramona (played by acclaimed recording artist/songwriter Nellie McKay). Hoping to win her love, he volunteers to play violin for her band and gradually disarms her through his virtuoso playing and innocent, old-world charm. Will it be Carnegie Hall or the coffee house for Sasha?
Special Guests: Director David Grubin & Star Nellie McKay
Join us following the film for a Closing Night Party you'll never forget! Here's what you get:
Fall Film Festival sponsored by SEED THE DREAM FOUNDATION, Marcy Gringlas & Joel Greenberg