¡Viva Maestro!, the uplifting and timely new documentary from acclaimed director Ted Braun, follows Gustavo Dudamel around the world as he responds to unexpected and daunting obstacles with powerful music-making and an innovative and triumphant concert that celebrates the power of art to renew and unite.
Here’s a conductor whose handprints are on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and whose autographs are popular among hundreds of children. It’s Gustavo Dudamel, a violinist from the Venezuelan youth music program “El Sistema” and a world-famous conductor. Now the music director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he is always thinking about constructive ways to use his influence as a global classical celebrity. The documentary demonstrates how an artist grows to be a leader while offering great pleasure with orchestral performances. (Nam Sunwoo)
Ted Braun is an American film director and screenwriter best known for his Image Award-winning documentary film Darfur Now. He is also an associate professor in the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts' Writing Division.