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For the Left Hand

  Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn

  United States     74 minutes

Synopsis

When aspiring Chicago pianist Norman Malone was just 10-years-old, his father violently attacked him with a hammer, leaving the young virtuoso paralyzed on his right side. But Malone never gave up his passion for music, and, for decades, he pursued a mastery of the piano using only his left hand. Venerable Chicago filmmakers and Festival veterans Quinn (’63 Boycott) and Simmer (As Goes Janesville) recount Malone’s remarkable and inspiring story and chronicle his preparations to publicly perform for the first time—at age 78—Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

 English 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening & Performance

Sun, Oct 17 @ 12:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Gordon Quinn and Leslie Simmer (directors), Howard Reich (writer/producer), Diane Quon (producer), and Norman Malone (subject)
*Subject to change

In-Theater Screening

Wed, Oct 20 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 9

Special Guests*: Gordon Quinn and Leslie Simmer (directors), Howard Reich (writer/producer), Diane Quon (producer), and Norman Malone (subject)
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

Special Event

Sun, Oct 17 @ 12:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

The film screening and discussion will be followed by a live piano performance by Norman Malone.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Howard Reich, Diane Moy Quon
  •   Howard Reich
  •   Leslie Simmer, Matt Lauterbach
  •   Zbigniew Bzdak
  •   Norman Malone
  •   Kartemquin Films
  •   https://www.normanmalonefilm.com

Sponsors

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Film Patrons

Kathy and Joe Horvath