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6-minute film showcases arts education project, wins award (video)

Students on stage in a production of "Live Art."
Students on stage in a production of "Live Art."

An unusual film just won the People's Choice Award in PBS's second-annual Online Film Festival. 

Professional musicians and a group of kids, many of whom have developmental and hearing disabilities, are getting ready for a concert in Richmond, Va. The six-minute film, "A Live Arts Story," captures what took place over 20 weeks of preparation. 

Am I losing my mind? Am I crazy? Or is this a good idea? Those are the questions Erin Thomas-Foley asked herself during the production of Live Art — the innovative, arts-education concert project. 

"What took place over the last couple of years is a community coming together to showcase the power of art and the uplifting of the human spirit," said filmmaker Martin Montgomery, in a video message posted on PBS' website. He shot the film with William Gaff.

The short film is a bit of a tease. You only catch glimpses of the actual performance. But Montgomery and Gaff promise a full-length feature documentary is in the works. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Watch 2013 Festival | Live Art on PBS. See more from PBS Online Film Festival.

 

 

 

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