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Small Wonders

Rating:G
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:September 27, 1996
Running time:80 minutes
Director:Allan Miller

Description: Originally titled Fiddlefest, this feature-length documentary was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and became the basis for the motion picture Music of the Heart (1999). Filmmaker Allan Miller follows the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, an East Harlem, NY, music instructor who devises a unique solution to the budget cutback that eliminates her job in 1990. She founds a non-profit organization, the Opus 118 Music Center, to teach violin to 150 students selected by random lottery. A demanding, sometimes tyrannical teacher, Guaspari-Tzavaras expects extreme levels of dedication and commitment from her charges, even pupils as young as five. The payoff is public acclaim when the students perform the Star-Spangled Banner before a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, then play at a Carnegie Hall benefit and meet with legendary musicians Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. Produced at a time of vigorous national debate over arts funding in public schools, Small Wonders (1995) gained considerable attention for its topicality.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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