Synopsis: Every year, exuberant “70-something” East Village concert pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe performs a breathtaking concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the silent killer of New York City.
The award winning musical documentary ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING chronicles the era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community and ravaged the world. Accompanied by the moving music written by those departed, the film recalls this tragedy with candid interviews from friends, family and the lovers that survived it.
Directed by Australian Rohan Spong (whose debut T IS FOR TEACHER was acclaimed by two local reviewers as amongst “the best films of 2009”), this engaging and poignant documentary charts Mimi’s struggle as she prepares for the concert, and is a true testament to the strength of friendship and the power of music. – www.allthewaythroughevening.com
Check out one of The Lowdown Under’s great mates and suppoter DEANUS and his review below: (article here via Samesame.com.au)
A musical documentary directed by Rohan Spong, All the Way Through Evening is a film that powerfully tells personal stories through masterfully marrying music and cinematography with a raw honesty of its subjects both past and present.
Chronicling the era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community; we followMimi Stern-Wolf in the lead up to performing an annual concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the disease and recalls this tragedy with candid interviews from friends, family and the lovers that survived it.
Now I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking about those two words that might make you overlook this film for the latest ‘blockbuster’, music and documentary all done by an independent filmmaker no less! All three elements are something I love in their own right but I’ll be honest; I walked into the Australian Premier during Adelaide FEAST intrigued by the content of the film as well as the original approach of the story but worried that a musical documentary wouldn’t hit the mark for me – I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Focusing on one piece of music at a time this is not a film that carries a traditional narrative, and there was never a point in the film where my eye got bored. Thanks to brilliant editing as well as framing of shots Spong captures so much that the juxtaposition of music, interviews and performance bleed and blend together and immerse you in the story behind every artist featured as well as the characters both on the screen and in memorandum – this is not a film about facts, it’s about people.
ATWTE is accompanied by the music written by those departed and does more than just connect the spine to the film’s various elements, it speaks to you. While family and friends recount from their experience, the music tells its own tale and is not only a powerful testament to what the world has lost but you feel your own connection to the artists through their works. I was so immersed in the music that it wasn’t until the film ended that I realised I had tears running down my face. At the film’s conclusion I sat through the closing credits, something I had never done before. It was my way of acknowledging and thanking those passed whose work in the film had such powerful impact for me as well as honoring their family and friends who allowed their personal tales to be retold in a film.
This film taught me more about the HIV/AIDS epidemic than any ‘campaign’ ever has by reminding me about the people involved, instead of the disease itself. This is a film that’s about so much more than a disease. See it and be reminded about an epidemic that still exists today, learn about artists lost and those that carry their legacy, laugh and well up with the honesty of those who tell their stories and experience that amazing music that of those past.
SYDNEY – Dendy Newtown
BRISBANE – Palace Centro
CANBERRA – Dendy Canberra
ADELAIDE – Mercury Cinema