United States 2017, 82 min, Hebrew and English, Hebrew & English subtitles

At 70, there is hardly a stage left where Itzhak Perlman has yet to be received with rousing applause. In what at times feels like an intimate family film, the renowned violinist is revealed as a warm, funny, passionate man who sees the world through music.
Between rehearsing for his concert with Billy Joel, making soup for Alan Alda and swapping stories with violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, Perlman talks about his first violin lessons as a child in Tel Aviv, and recounts how the son of Holocaust survivors had made the long journey to international stardom, despite having contracted polio at the age of 4. At 70, Perlman is still driven by that same internal sound aptly described by President Obama: “when he plays the violin, you can hear his soul”.

Previous Festivals: DOC NYC, Hamptons Film Festival


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Director & Production: Alison Chernick
Production Company: Voyeur Films
Editing: Helen Yum
Cinematography: Daniel Kedem, Christopher Gallo, Mikko Timonen, Chris Dapkins
World Sales: Roco Films (cristine.platt.dewey@rocofilms.com )


Creating a bridge between contemporary art and film, Chernick has succeeded in capturing the thoughts and processes of many prolific artists. Her first feature entitled The Jeff Koons Show has been screened at various museums, including the five Guggenheims, Smithsonian, SFMOMA, and The Walker. She completed her second feature Matthew Barney: No Restraint which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and released theatrically by The Weinstein Co. The Tate Modern commissioned her to do a film on Roy Lichtenstein. Chernick is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a New York Women in Film & TV grant, and a Loreen Arbus grant. The Artist Is Absent, a film on artist/designer Martin Margiela premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2015. Her most recent film, Itzhak, is currently in hundreds of theaters across the US and will soon be released internationally, followed by a broadcast premiere on American Masters/PBS in October of 2018. Her writing credits include Showtime, Sundance, Sci-Fi, MTV, VH1, History Channel, and National Geographic Television.