December 5, 2022, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], Participant, and Greenwich Entertainment,
invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Dolby ATMOS Screening of


Written & Directed by Ted Braun
Produced by Steve Tisch, Dean Schramm, Howard Bragman,
Nicolas Paine, and Ted Braun

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Professor Ted Braun,
Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics,
and Editor/SCA Professor Kate Amend, A.C.E.

Moderated by USC Distinguished Professor Mark Jonathan Harris

7:00 P.M. on Monday, December 5th, 2022

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007




“Character is at the heart of ¡Viva Maestro! — Dudamel’s personal character and the character of his music making…what you see is what you hear, and that’s what makes him and the movie riveting.”
- Los Angeles Times/Marc Swed

!Viva Maestro! is a stunning, poignant look at this incredible moment in history through the lens of classical music…An emotional, uplifting journey…!Viva Maestro! feels remarkably timely.”
- Toronto Globe and Mail/Amil Niazi

“In ¡Viva Maestro!, Ted Braun’s celebratory doc, the audience will be enmeshed in the glory that is Dudamel…For those who love classical music and art, ¡Viva Maestro! is a film for you.”
- POV Magazine/Marc Glassman

About ¡Viva Maestro!

When conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s international tours are disrupted by deadly protests across his native Venezuela, one of the world’s greatest and most beloved musicians faces the challenge of a lifetime —one that will deepen his commitment to the mentor who changed his life, upend relationships with friends and musicians he’s led since his teens, and test 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 these unexpected and daunting obstacles with powerful music-making and an innovative and triumphant concert that celebrates the power of art to renew and unite.

Running time: 99 minutes.


About the Guests

TED BRAUN (Writer, Director, Producer, SCA Professor, Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics)

Writer-Director Ted Braun’s feature documentary, ¡Viva Maestro!, about conductor Gustavo Dudamel, premiered in 2022 - his second film with Participant which co-financed Darfur Now. Darfur Now was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review, won the International Documentary Association’s Emerging Filmmaker Award and the NAACP Image Award. His docu-thriller Betting On Zero received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2017. Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In 2018 Variety named him one of the world’s Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.

KATE AMEND, A.C.E. (Editor, SCA Professor)

Kate Amend is the editor of two Academy Award®-winning documentary features—Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home—as well as a recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend also received the 2001 American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for Into the Arms of Strangers and edited the 2001 Oscar®-nominated short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.

Amend was nominated for an Emmy® for “The Case Against 8,” a film that was an award winner at the 2014 Sundance, South by Southwest and RiverRun film festivals. Her recent credits include
the Netflix series “The Keepers” and “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?” as well as HBO’s “Foster” and the Apple+ series “Visible: Out on Television.”

Amend is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Edit and Story Lab since 2004. She is on the cinema faculty at USC and in 2016 Amend received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

About the Moderator

MARK JONATHAN HARRIS (USC Distinguished Professor, Mona and Bernard Kantor Endowed Chair in Production)

Professor Mark Jonathan Harris is an Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and novelist. Among the many documentaries he has written, produced and/or directed are The Redwoods, a documentary made for the Sierra Club to help establish a redwood National Park, which won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary in 1968. The Long Way Home (1997), a film made for the Simon Wiesenthal Center about the period immediately following the Holocaust won the Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary (1997). Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport was produced for Warner Bros. and won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2000. In 2014, it was also selected for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry.

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003), an HBO documentary he wrote on slavery in America, was nominated for an Emmy for Non-fiction Special. In 2007, he produced Darfur Now, which was nominated by The National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for best documentary of the year. The film went on to win an NAACP Image Award.

He also wrote The Cutting Edge:  The Magic of Movie Editing, a documentary about editing produced by BBC-TV, NHK, and STARZ, which is shown in film schools around the world (2004). Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, a film he executive produced, premiered at the Venice film festival and was shortlisted for the 2011 Oscar for best feature documentary. Code Black, another documentary he executive produced about ER doctors, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. Lost for Life, a film he produced about juvenile murderers who are sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, aired on both the BBC and the Lifetime Movie Channel in 2014. 

In 2016, he co-wrote and co-directed Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine, which won eight awards at eleven international film festivals, including Best of Show at the Accolade Global Film Competition.Women of the Gulag, a short documentary he executive produced, was shortlisted for Oscar for Best Short Documentary in 2019. In 2019, Foster, a feature length documentary that he wrote and directed, aired on HBO and was nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. Asian Americans, a 5-part documentary series for which he was a consulting producer, aired on PBS in May 2020 and was nominated for a Peabody Award.

Among his other projects are a video intensive website on autism,www.interactingwithautism.com, which he and Professor Emeritus Marsha Kinder developed with a team of filmmakers and leading national experts on autism and launched in 2013. He is also a co-principal investigator of the American Film Showcase, the premier American film diplomacy program run by the U.S. State Department and USC.

In 2010 the International Documentary Association honored him with their Scholarship and Preservation Award. And in 2021, he received the USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression, the highest honor the university faculty bestows on its member for significant artistic impact.

In addition to filmmaking, Harris is also a journalist and has published short stories and five novels for children. He has taught filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts since 1983.

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