|Talent Has Hunger
A film by Josh Aronson
83 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015
Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, the film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill one's talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the cello. Through the words and actions of master cello teacher, Paul Katz, it's clear that this deep study of music not only prepares wonderful musicians, but builds self-esteem and a cultural and aesthetic character that will be profoundly important throughout his students' lives.
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"Like a musical 'Hoop Dreams'! An illuminating celebration of music and the art of teaching." - Boston Globe
"Fabulous - full of wisdom, warmth and compassion. 'Talent Has Hunger' captures that rare magical process of a master teacher at work that made me feel he was not just teaching cello students... it was a lesson to all of us." - Yo-Yo Ma
"Talent Has Hunger' is beautiful. It shows that great teachers are the rarest, most precious, and, yes, the most gifted among all of us." - Emanuel Ax
"A clear-eyed and engrossing celebration of music and how it’s taught, the film offers compelling evidence that mastery of an instrument doesn’t require submission to abuse... Vibrato and glissando get their due, but the intimate film is no inside-baseball wonk fest. With a straightforward elegance that echoes that of Katz, it speaks not just to musicians or classical fans but anyone who cares about mastering a skill." - Hollywood Reporter
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