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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Telluride Film Festival: BEN PROUDFOOT


From Oscar® and Grammy®-nominated and Emmy®-winning filmmaker and musician KRIS BOWERS (A Concerto is a ConversationGreen BookKing RichardQueen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story)

And Academy Award® winning director BEN PROUDFOOT (a two-time Oscar® nominee for The Queen of Basketball and A Concerto is a Conversation)

"The Last Repair Shop" Documentary Short Film (39 Minutes) to Have World Premiere at the 50th Telluride Film Festival

Directors and Film Participants Available for Interviews On-Site in Telluride or In Advance

This is the Third Film Director Ben Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios Have Had at Telluride Film Festival in Four Years

Courtesy of Breakwater Studios

Telluride Conversation (Documentary Filmmaker Panel)

Directors Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers will join other notable documentary directors and filmmakers on a panel on Friday, September 1st at 4:00 pm at the Abel Gance Open Air Cinema.

World Premiere Screening This Saturday

Saturday, September 2nd at 12:45 pm at the Nugget Theater. Directors Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, editor Nick Garnham Wright, in-person with film participant and LAUSD instrument repair shop staff member Paty Moreno. Showing as part of the "Songs of Freedom" short films program.

In a nondescript warehouse in the heart of Los Angeles, a dwindling handful of devoted craftspeople maintain over 80,000 student instruments, the largest remaining workshop in America of its kind. Meet four unforgettable characters whose broken-and-repaired lives have been dedicated to bringing so much more than music to the schoolchildren of the recording capital of the world.

Los Angeles is the largest and one of the last American cities to provide free and freely repaired musical instruments to its public schoolchildren, a continuous service since 1959.

From Academy Award® nominated directing duo Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, THE LAST REPAIR SHOP grants access to the nondescript, downtown warehouse in which a dwindling handful of devoted craftspeople keep over 80,000 student instruments in good repair.

Witness the profound life stories of four staff master craftspeople as well as the students whose lives have been transformed by the music program. In their stories, music has been the continuous thread that has mended their hearts and brought them to where they are now — fixing broken instruments to get them back into the longing hands of Los Angeles’ public school youth.


Directed by: Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers
Produced by: Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers, Jeremy Lambert, & Josh Rosenberg
Edited by: Nick Garnham Wright
Cinematography by: David Feeney-Mosier
Original Score by: Katya Richardson
With Themes by: Kris Bowers
Executive Produced by: Jane Solomon, Peter Rotter, Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers & Briana Henry
Featuring: Dana Atkinson, Patricia Moreno, Duane Michaels, & Steve Bagmanyan

Directors' Bios

An Academy Award® winning short-documentary director and entrepreneur, Ben Proudfoot is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios. The studio’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards®, The Emmys®, The Peabody Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, The James Beard Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, Telluride, and the Tribeca Film Festival among others. Proudfoot was named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" for his leadership and innovation in the brand-funded documentary space. He hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a University of Southern California graduate. Proudfoot is an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician and has performed at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

Kris Bowers is an Emmy® Award-winning, two-time Grammy®-nominated and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker and composer. A Juilliard-educated pianist, Bowers creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots— with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. Composing the original scores for Best Picture GREEN BOOK and Netflix hit QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY among many notable credits, Bowers has established himself at the forefront of Hollywood’s emerging generation of composers. Up next, he will be heard in the highly anticipated THE COLOR PURPLE, to be released this December and the 2024 biopic for Paramount, BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE. Throughout his career, he has consistently championed an art practice guided by multidisciplinary collaboration.

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