They Came To Play
USA, 2009, 91 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Music
Digital presentation - They Came to Play celebrates the joy of classical music with humor and drama. Several talented amateur pianists strive to balance their work, home and musical lives, as they prepare to compete in the International Amateur Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. Before a distinguished jury and a discerning audience, these inspiring individuals endeavor to perform at near-professional levels in three highly competitive elimination rounds.
Read Neil Genzlinger's great review of the film in the New York Times!
About Director Alex Rotaru
Alex was born in Bucharest, Romania, to playwright Eugen Rotaru and actress Maria Rotaru. He attended University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film/TV Production. Since graduation, he has worked in script development, and most recently in TV documentaries. Recipient of a 2006 Christopher Award. Alex lives in Los Angeles, California.
DIRECTOR: Alex Rotaru
US Distributor: Area23A Films
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Digital presentation - They Came to Play
celebrates the joy of classical music with humor and drama. Several talented ama... more