Ted Braun On How Politics Intervened in The Making Of ¡Viva Maestro! [Exclusive Interview]

¡Viva Maestro!

Gustavo Dudamel smiles as he wraps up Encuentros performance in Palacio de Bellas Artes in ¡Viva Maestro! | Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment

Ted Braun explores another side of documentary making with ¡Viva Maestro! An international icon, composer in classical music, Gustavo Dudamel.

The Synopsis 

When conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s international tours are disrupted by deadly protests across his native Venezuela, one of the world’s finest and most beloved musicians faces a daunting set of challenges—to his commitment to the mentor who changed his life, to friends and musicians he’s led since his teens, and to his belief in art’s transformative capacity. ¡Viva Maestro!, the uplifting and timely new documentary from acclaimed director Ted Braun, follows Dudamel around the world as he responds to unexpected and imposing obstacles with stirring music-making that celebrates the power of art to renew and unite.

¡Viva Maestro!
Gustavo Dudamel smiles as he wraps up Encuentros performance in Palacio de Bellas Artes.

The filmmaker Ted Braun is known for his documentaries that bring international awareness. He made his debut with Darfur Now, which won best documentary by the National Board of Review among other awards. He continued to bring information in other films like We’re Here to Speak for Justice and Betting on Zero. Today Braun is part of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts faculty. 

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¡Viva Maestro!
Cinematographer Buddy Squires and Director Ted Braun film Gustavo Dudamel rehearse with Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie

I had the opportunity to connect with Ted Braun to talk about  ¡Viva Maestro! Braun spoke of the unexpected changes while filming and how Venezuela’s politics affected the direction of the documentary. He expressed his joy for films and now taking us to beautiful international locations and more! 

¡Viva Maestro! In theaters April 8, 2022 and available to stream May 24, 2022. 

Source: LRMExclusive, Greenwich Entertainment.


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