UPDATE: Wednesday's screening of "Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony" will be moved to Downtown Centre Cinemas, 888 Marsh St. in San Luis Obispo, after the discovery of a bee colony at the Fremont. Tickets will be available at the door at 6 p.m., and the movie will start slightly after 7 p.m. to allow moviegoers enough time to arrive. Read more about the bees »
A new documentary delves into the power of classical music to change peoples lives.
Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethovens Final Symphony will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fremont movie theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, followed by a question-and-answer session with director-writer Kerry Candaele. An after-party will be held nearby at Luis Wine Bar.
In a news release, the film festivals artistic and marketing director, Wendy Eidson, described Following the Ninth as an inspirational story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times.
Filmed in 12 countries on five continents, the documentary tells the story of four people whose lives have been transformed by Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. 9 and its message of brotherhood and unity.
Following the Ninth takes viewers from China, where students played the Ninth Symphony over loudspeakers during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, to Chile, where women imprisoned under Gen. Augusto Pinochets regime sang the symphony in torture prisons.
Candaele, who grew up in Lompoc, is the filmmaker behind Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. He also collaborated with his brother, Kelly, on the documentary A League of Their Own, about their mothers experiences in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; it was later adapted into a feature film.
Admission to Wednesdays screening of Following the Ninth is $12, or $10 for students, film festival society members and Festival Mozaic donors. For more information, call 546-3456 or visit www.slofilmfest.org.