Broken Orchestra

Broken Orchestra

When the Philadelphia public-school system began losing almost all the funding for its music-education programs in 2007, hundreds of instruments in need of repair were left for dead, and community members moved to action. With this film we are introduced to a few of the innovators, educators, volunteers, advocates, and musicians behind Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a music and art project begun in 2017 that raised awareness for the issue, helping to get those broken instruments back into Philadelphia students' hands.

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Charlie Tyrell




Director: Charlie Tyrell
Executive Producer: Mona Panchal, Anna Holmes, Ryan Chanatry, Jennie Bedusa
Producer: Julie Baldassi
Screenwriter: Charlie Tyrell, Josef Beeby
Cinematographer: Chet Tilokani
Editor: Michael Barker
Production Designer: Karlyn Koeser, Dominika Monicka
Sound Designer: Joe Coupal
Music: David Lang and Colin Sigor
Additional Credits: Stop Motion Animator: Martha Grant, Installation Artist: Jesse Yules


Topic/First Look Productions
Public Film Contact
Charlie Tyrell
Publicity Contact
Jeannie Kedas
Sales Agent
Ryan Chanatry
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Documentary Short
Country: Canada, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 11 mins