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The Unanswered Ives (2018)
Also known asThe Unanswered Ives - American Pioneer of Music (2018)
Created byAnne-Kathrin Peitz
Developed byAccentus Music/WDR
Written byAnne-Kathrin Peitz
Directed byAnne-Kathrin Peitz
Presented byArte
StarringJohn Adams
Jack Cooper
James Sinclair
Jan Swafford
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Paul Smaczny
Producer(s)Maria Stodtmeier
Production location(s)Berlin, Germany
Leipzig, Germany
New York, N.Y.
Danbury, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
CinematographyMitja Hagelüken
Editor(s)Dirk Seliger
Camera setupUlf Wogenstein, Christoph Wonneberger (sound)
Running time00:54:00
Production company(s)Accentus Music GmbH
Arte [de/fr]
WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk [de]
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
DistributorWDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk [de]
Original networkWDR, Arte
Picture formatHDTV 16:9
Audio formatPCM Stereo
Dolby digital 5.1
DTS Surround
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2019 (Arte)
External links
Production website

The Unanswered Ives is an award-winning, hour long documentary about the life and musical career of the American composer Charles Ives.[1] Written and directed by German film maker Anne-Kathrin Peitz, the documentary features Ives' early years in Danbury, CT, his musical relationship with his father, education at Yale and later career as insurance executive and composer.

Background[edit | edit source]

After numerous successful collaborations on music documentaries between Accentus Music, WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) and Arte T.V., an agreement was signed in 2017 to complete a definitive documentary on American composer Charles Ives. The idea was generated by award-winning film director Anne-Kathrin Peitz and backed by Accentus Music owner Paul Smaczny.[2]

Production and documentary[edit | edit source]

Most of the Peitz' on location cinematography in the New England region was completed in late Spring of 2018. Part of the exterior filming was hampered by four tornadoes on May 15, 2018.

Live filming was completed on June 1st 2018 in Berlin, Germany at the Hochschule der populären Künste recording studio. Editing and final credits were completed at the end of September 2018 in Leipzig, Germany.[3] Post-production color processing was completed at Trickkiste Studios.[4]

Premieries, presentations[edit | edit source]

The first showing of the The Unanswered Ives (exclusive American premiere) was in the United States on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on October 13, 2018.[5] This was in conjunction the North Carolina Repertory Jazz Orchestra concert playing the music of the Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra album.[6]

The documentary received it's European premiere on April 9th in Mannheim, Germany at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg during the 15th edition of the International Forum for Music, ‘’The Look of Sound’’.[7] Arte Television’s initial broadcast of The Unanswered Ives documentary was through the ARD network on Saturday, September 22, 2019 (11:20 PM- 12:15 AM programming slot, CET).[8] European Film festivals ‘’The Unanswered Ives’’ were presented in include the Projection Music’Arte and the Golden Prague International Film Festival.[9][10]

Honors[edit | edit source]

The Unanswered Ives – Pioneer in American Music was awarded the Czech Crystal for “Best Documentary Dedicated to Music, Dance and Theater” at the 2019 Golden Prague Film Festival. The Award Ceremony was held Saturday, September 28th, 2019 in Prague and broadcast live by Czech Television on CT Art Cultural Channel.[11][12][1]

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

Year Ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 56th Golden Prague Film Festival Best Documentary Dedicated to
Music, Dance and Theater
The Unanswered Ives –
Pioneer in American Music
Won [1]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Interviews/featuring[edit | edit source]

Musicians[edit | edit source]

Featured musical ensembles[edit | edit source]

Production crew[edit | edit source]

  • Executive producer: Paul Smaczny
  • Producer: Maria Stodtmeier
  • Writer and director: Anne-Kathrin Peitz
  • Cinematography/camera: Mitja Hagelüken
  • Sound Recording: Christoph Wonneberger
  • Editor: Dirk Selinger
  • Assistant director: Marina Mattner
  • Audio producer: Christopher Tarnow
  • Sound editing and mix: Toine Mertens
  • Lighting: Henrick Thomas, Rene Richter
  • Additional camera: Scott Ruderman, Jens Wagner
  • Camera assistant and drone operator: Ulf Wogenstein
  • Dolly: Sandro Große
  • Production assistant (U.S.): Dana Kalmey
  • Floor manager: Carmen Belaschk, Scott Ruderman
  • Color grading: Kay Dombrowsky
  • Assistant editors: Karoline Vielemeyer, Martına Graczyk

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:German documentaries

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