Documentary on Morro Bay music teacher to screen in Europe

slinn@thetribunenews.comNovember 21, 2013 

In this 2007 photo, "Botso" Korisheli gives a piano lesson to student Madeline Ogle, 10, at his home in Morro Bay.


A locally produced documentary about Morro Bay music educator Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli is headed to Europe.

Next month, “Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi” will be screened in Korisheli’s home country, the Republic of Georgia, at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. The festival runs Dec. 2 through 8.

The film will also be shown at the Waimea Ocean Film Festival, held Jan. 2 though 10 on the island of Hawaii, and the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, running Jan. 21 through 26 in Biarritz, France.

Then, in March, “Botso” returns home for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

Directed by Tom Walters, written by Hilary Roberts Grant and produced by David Thayer, "Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi" tells the life story of Korisheli, who endured personal loss, political strife and war before immigrating to the United States. He founded the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony in 1965.

In July, "Botso" won the audience award for best film at the Maine International Film Festival.

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