With children’s music education sharply declining over 20% since 2001 (according to Music Educators National Conference), Ben Niles, director of the award-winning “Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037),” chronicles in his new feature-length documentary, SOME KIND OF SPARK, six kids (ages 8-12) from far reaches of New York City as they embark on a life- changing experience – the opportunity to study music in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program (MAP), a Saturday outreach program for students from communities that are underserved in the arts. Filmed over a 3-year period, SOME KIND OF SPARK intimately follows the students and their dedicated teachers and captures the budding and profound relationships building upon every lesson.
Illustrating the transformative power not only of music, but of mentorship, Ben’s film is an uplifting look at Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program for inner- city youth.
‘SOME KIND OF SPARK’ makes its World Premiere in the Metropolis Competition at the Fifth Annual DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00pm at SVA Theatre. Director Ben Niles will participate in a post-screening Q&A with the MAP students featured in the film.
Find Tickets to ‘Some Kind of Spark’ at DOC NYC – HERE