Pipe Dreams – written, produced, directed by Stacey Tenenbaum – follows five young organists as they compete in Canada’s prestigious Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC).
World Broadcast Premiere
October 6, 2019
The film had its world premiere this past spring at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival playing to packed and appreciative audiences, and received great reviews.
Yuan Shen is the daughter of China’s most famous organist, and coming in 2nd is not an option, New Zealand’s Thomas Gaynor is hoping to be the first organist to win a hat trick, Alcee Chriss III is an African American organist from Texas who will draw on his gospel and jazz roots, Nick Cappozoli, an organist from Pittsburgh renowned for his reliability and perfect technique will make some risks, and the new kid on the block is 19-year-old Sebastian Heindl – a child prodigy who hails from the same town as his idol and namesake Johann Sebastian Bach – is the youngest person to ever compete in the CIOC.
Pipe Dreams gives you an inside look into the weird and wonderful world of competitive organ playing, which has turned into a mainstream cultural phenomenon the world over. From the quietest tinkling of a bell to the rumble of a locomotive…you will hear the organ like you’ve never heard it before.
Stacey’s last film SHINERS, tapped its way around the world to great acclaim.
Northern Banner acquired the film prior to its premiere at Hot Docs and will be distributing the film across Canada. Gravitas Ventures represents all rights in the USA, and ro*co films international, represents all rights for the film outside of North America.