For Immediate Release
Saint John, New Brunswick, February 16, 2012
”Sistema Revolution”, the story of how New Brunswick adopted the Venezuelan miracle, and created profound social change through music, will be told across Canada on CBC television.
New Brunswick television production company Hemmings House Pictures is pleased to announce the screening, Sistema Revolution, across the country on CBC television, Saturday May 26th at noon in all time zones.
Sistema Revolution is a documentary about radical social change inspired by classical music. The film follows a group of directors from the internationally-acclaimed “New Brunswick Youth Orchestra” as they explore how Venezuela has developed the world’s leading social program that today exports more classical musicians than anywhere on the planet. (“Best Overall Pilot” at the Banff World Television Festival). The NBYO board of directors become inspired to roll out a similar music program in New Brunswick. Sistema New Brunswick is now in its third successful year and has inspired hundreds of children from all backgrounds to learn classical music daily and become strong global citizens.
Executive Producer and director Greg Hemmings is proud to be able to share this story. “This film truly documents a New Brunswick success story, the first Sistema-branded program in Canada. As a filmmaker I was very fortunate to film this story, one that began as an idea in the mind of one man, to reality, and in such a brief period of time. “
“What we saw in Venezuela compelled us to act” said Ken MacLeod, President of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra”. “Through music, the children transported us and themselves into a new dimension –where the barrio released its hold, where anything is possible, where the power of their own accomplishments was tangible. Just by learning to play music together. Who wouldn’t want that for all our children?”
This story has caught the attention of thought leaders across the country.
MeashaBrueggergosman, internationally acclaimed Soprano: “Music has tremendous power, both to shape us and to call us forward. Sistema New Brunswick provides children every opportunity to fulfill their potential by harnessing this power.”
Frank McKenna, Former Premier of New Brunswick: “Three years ago it was just a good idea. Today it is the beginning of a revolution…a story of change and hope for children who are often left out, and of vision and leadership from one of Canada’s smaller provinces.”
Mary Walsh, award winning actress, comedian and social activist: “I was so moved by Sistema and the approach to fighting poverty and creating beauty in the world.”
Watch the Sistema Revolution promo video here:
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