by Di Saggau

On Wednesday, April 7 at 12:30 p.. BIG ARTS will show “Seymour: An Introduction” the first in their Critically Acclaimed Documentary Series. The film runs 1 hour 24 minutes and will be shown in the Christensen Performance Hall.  After the movie, I will lead a discussion in the theater.

The film is about a very charming classical pianist, Seynour Bernstein, in his 80s, who at the midpoint of his career at aged 50, gave up public performances and became a teacher of piano instead.  Actor Ethan Hawk, directed the film and conducted a few interviews with Seymour.  The two met when seated next to each other at a dinner party. We learn Seymourr’s life story, his perceptions on art, and his philosophy on life in general. Throughout the picture, Seymour interacts with genteel people who quietly deplore what they see as the American perception of art and art-making. In between these interactions, Seymour works with young students on techniques, including how to get one’s pinkie to just this particular distant piano key in time to make the musical phrase coherent. We learn that Seymour’s mindset as a musician saved him while in service, because he was used to doing what he was told to do.

The remaining films in the series are “Mike Wallace Is Here:, April 14; “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”, April 21; and “The Disappearance of my Mother” April 28.

Tickets are $10 and available in advance or on the day of the film at the BIG ARTS box office, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel. For more information, call 395-0900 or visit

Di Saggau, is a member of the BIG ARTS Movie Committee and Feature Writer for the Island Sun Newspaper and The River Weekly.


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