Founding Artistic Director of Symphony Space
Art and Heart – The World of Isaiah Sheffer
a new film directed by Catherine Tambini
ART AND HEART had a successful premiere at the New York Jewish Film Festival on January 14th and received much positive response, including this review in the Hollywood Reporter.
Information about upcoming screenings will be posted here regularly.
ART AND HEART – THE WORLD OF ISAIAH SHEFFER is a celebration of Isaiah Sheffer’s life and work, intercut with archival material, interviews with friends and colleagues, and stage performances. “His voice was like having warm butterscotch poured over your head,” recalls Stephen Colbert. Leonard Nimoy remembers Isaiah as “endlessly creative.” Jane Curtin thought “he was so much fun.” Isaiah Sheffer had a unique wit and humor that suffused everything he did. “There is no one like him,” said Stephen Lang.
The documentary delves into the life of the man whom many knew only as the host of Selected Shorts on public radio, or the driving force and artistic director of Symphony Space, or the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, or the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. In addition to all of those successes he was an Emmy-nominated writer and producer. He was an actor, director, musical librettist and lyricist, and a cultural entrepreneur. He was a husband and father, and a mentor to many. The film explores his life, his impact on the arts scene, and the tremendous effect he had on those around him.
With Isaiah Sheffer, Morgan Freeman, Stephen Colbert, Leonard Nimoy, Jane Curtin, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Lang, Fritz Weaver, Malachy McCourt, James Naughton, Steven Alden, Ivy Austin, The Chalks (Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey, and Leenya Rideout), Lanny Meyers, Allan Miller, Katherine Minton, James Naughton, Sam Norich, Rochelle Oliver, Bobby Paul, Eric Poindexter, Martin Sage, Ethel Sheffer, and Susannah Sheffer.
ART AND HEART will have its world premiere at the New York Jewish Film Festival on January 14, 2016.
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