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Grammy-nominated classical violinist Philippe Quint and singer/songwriter Nellie McKay star in this tale of a Russian immigrant torn between the music of the streets and a career on the stage while attempting to live up to his father's high expectations. Trained by his cellist father Vadim since he was just a young boy, Russian violinist Sasha (Quint) earns a scholarship to Julliard, and begins training to become a classical musician. Meanwhile, Vadim and Sasha's cousin Arkady face deportation when their visas expire, prompting the talented young violinist to fear that he, too, may be in the U.S. on borrowed time. Now, as the recital that could launch Sasha's career draws close, a chance meeting with talented street performer Ramona (McKay) shows him a side of the music he's never known. Sensing that his heart is leading him down a different path than the one carved out for him by his domineering father, Sasha joins Ramona's band and realizes that he'll never be his own man until he finds the courage to break free from his father, and embrace the music that truly moves him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 20, 2012

Cast

Nellie McKay
as Ramona
Michael Cumpsty
as Vadim
Carolyn McCormick
as Marie
Ashley Springer
as Arkady
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Woman on the Subway Platform
David Brown
as Master of Ceremonies

Crew

David Grubin
Director
David Grubin
Producer
Michael Hausman
Producer
David Grubin
Screen Story
Nellie McKay
Composer (Music Score)
Tyrone Brown
Executive Producer
Michael Hausman
First Assistant Director
Pat Golden
Casting
Randy Ostrow
Unit Production Manager
Susan Meiselas
Still Photographer
Andrew Young
Second Assistant Camera
Andrew Young
Additional Cinematography
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