Ben Zuckert, a filmmaker from Larchmont, will be showing his latest feature “Noah Wise” at 7 PM on Thursday, May 21 at the Emelin Theatre. The screening will be followed by a discussion with The Center for Continuing Education’s film instructor Dr. Michael DiGennaro.
The film follows a saxophonist and a singer-songwriter pursuing music in New York. When the saxophonist’s quartet takes a break, he finds a new path as a 5th grade band teacher. Larchmont locations are featured in the film including Chatsworth Avenue School, Larchmont Music Academy and the Ballroom dance program at St. John’s Church.
A group of Chatsworth and Hommocks music students are featured in the film in their first on-screen performances. They play ‘The Blue Rock,’ a song familiar to many Chatsworth alumni and parents. The song was taught by Chatsworth band teacher Peter Kanyuk for over 30 years. According to Ben, “I played ‘The Blue Rock’ when I was at Chatsworth. It was a rite of passage for 5th graders, but students no longer learn it now that Mr. Kanyuk isn’t there. Fortunately, Claudia Huter of the Larchmont Music Academy stepped in to teach it to the students.”
Ben wrote, directed, and composed the music for the film, which was screened at the Twin Cities Film Fest, where it was nominated for best feature. and the Hof International Film Festival in Germany. This is his second feature. His first film ‘Larchmont’ was also screened by The Center. According to Diane Cashman, Executive Director at The Center, “We’re thrilled to have Ben share his work with us. And, we’re pleased that we can provide this opportunity for the community to see the film.”
Tickets are $18. For more information and to purchase tickets visit LMCCE.org or call 914-698-9126.