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Virtual Screening of FILM NAME


For (name of your organization)

Film Available to Screen MONTH, DATE. 

Live Zoom Panel Discussion (or Q&N) MONTH -DATE, TIME 

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Musical fantasy without dialogue, conceived and directed by Zbig Rybczynski, SFX HDTV film, 57:11. Produced by Zbig Vision and Ex Nihilo, co-produced by NHK, Canal+ and PBS Great Performances.




  • EMMY PRIME TIME® - Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects, 1990

  • PRIX ITALIA - 1990

  • GRAND PRIX  - International Electronic Cinema Festival, TokyoMontreux

  • 1990 GRAND PRIX  - A.V.A. Festival in Tokyo 1991

  • HI VISION AWARD - Tokyo 1990



Emmy Prime Time award-winning The Orchestra is visual poetry without words. Strange, virtuosic surrealism, impudent imaginary to Mozart, Chopin, Albinoni, Schubert, Rossini, and Ravel. In 1990 this production was pioneering in a field of High Definition television technology.  Rybczynski creates the first feature-length, HDTV real-time, no post-production, multi-layer motion picture.



The story, music, and dancers “fly” throughout the backdrops of the Louvre, Chartres Cathedral, The Paris Opera House, other mysterious places, and magical gardens. The  Funeral March  is seen as a circle of life at an unending keyboard. Schubert's  Ave Maria  is an areal ballet performed by man and woman in the background of Chartres Cathedral. Sexuality, playful and overt is never far away, and right at the center of Rossini's Overture to  The Thieving Magpie  with its soldiers and whirling dancers. Ravel's Bolero becomes a parable about the rise and fall of Communism, marched, danced, and enacted on an endless brick stair. When The Orchestra was still in the production, the Communism in Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe was alive and kicking, it seems like Rybczynski foreseen the end of the regime. “The director as a virtuoso artist in the sphere of electronic effects, employing seamlessly integrated digital effects and wonderfully atmospheric locations, creates a multi-layer visual symphony. Brilliantly executed and hugely entertaining, provocative, and completely unlike anything you have ever seen before. You truly won’t believe your eyes. And you will never hear this music in the same way again. “ Steven Bonde, London Film Festival.


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Join the live panel discussion or Q&A via Zoom on MONTH, DATE, YEAR at time PM ET with [PANELISTS ].

[NOTE: The hosting organization is responsible for organizing and hosting the ZOOM panel discussion or Q&A. If you choose to do this, you provide a link to your Q&A to FILM, and we will add that link here before the event.]



Suggested Watch Schedule:


7:00PM ET Watch the FILM NAME
8:00 PM ET Take a short break, get a snack, get logged into Zoom, etc.
8:15 PM ET Join the Live Zoom Q&A 


Watching the film at the same time simulates an in-person screening. However, we know you may not be able to watch the film at the suggested watch time. Therefore, to allow you maximum flexibility, you may view on your own schedule any time between MONTH DATE and DATE. [We will make the film available for 7 days prior and 2 days after a live discussion.]

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