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NY Premiere

Director: Paul Szynol

United States, 2015, 13 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2016

Category:Documentary Short

Crew:Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Director: Paul Szynol - Illustration: Emma Shoard


A short documentary about the prodigious talent and irrepressible spirit of a musically precocious 12 year old blind boy who plays the piano.


About the director

Paul was born in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to NYC at the age of 12. He’s driven across the US seven times, and he’s visited the vast majority of the contiguous states; by train, plane or automobile, he’s also visited some 60 countries. He likes stray dogs, fair use, Uganda, open source software, the Oxford comma, and occasionally translating Polish poetry to English. His short films have been featured on the NY Times Op-Docs, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic, and they’ve played at festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs ShortFest, Slamdance, and TIFF (Kids).

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Director Paul Szynol will be available for Q&A following both the June 9 screening at Wythe Hotel and the June 10 screening at Windmill Studios.

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