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Summit Premiere of 'Seymour' Screens at MONDO Oct. 2; Discussion with Piano Virtuoso Seymour Bernstein Follows Film

The acclaimed documentary "Seymour: An Introduction" will screen at MONDO October 2.
SUMMIT, NJ - Hosted buy the Film Society of Summit, the documentary film "Seymour: An Introduction," directed by Ethan Hawke, will have its Hilltop City premiere October 2 at MONDO, beginning at 8 p.m.
"Seymour" is the critically-acclaimed story of Seymour Bernstein, a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music.
In a wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Bernstein shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life, eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. Bernstein will lead a discussion following the screening.

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When Hawke and Bernstein met at a dinner party hosted by a mutual friend, they got involved in a conversation about the challenges and rewards of life as an artist. Hawke was deeply touched by Bernstein’s views and suggested making a documentary. 
Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy and, by the time he turned 15, he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts.

In the film’s opening scene, Bernstein practices in his studio. When the audience sees him working with students in private lessons and master classes, he’s teaching the nuts and bolts of technique: the choreography of the hands on the keyboard. Bernstein’s magnificent playing resonates throughout the film.  

The film has been an official selection of top film festivals including Telluride, Montreal, and New York City to great acclaim.

Admission is priced at $12 in advance, and $14 at the door, with advance reservations available by visiting Seating is limited. For further information, contact the Please direct any questions to The Film Society of Summit at 973-885-1983, visit, or contact
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.

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