Friday, February 20, 2009

"Sing Opera!" screenings Feb. 26 and March 1

Sing Opera! - a documentary film produced and directed by Jessica Sanders and Frieda Lee Mock that chronicles 65 intrepid singers from the Los Angeles Children's Chorus as they prepare for the 2007 world premiere of the family opera “Keepers of the Night” - has been selected to be showcased at Hollywood's elite International Family Film Festival (IFFF), which is open to the public.

The film screens twice, on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 2 p.m., at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

Keepers of the Night is an opera by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock that was commissioned by LA Children's Chorus, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, and premiered in July 2007.

Sing Opera! follows the choir's young singers from early rehearsals to the opera's opening night, as they work with professional opera singers to learn what it takes to stage a production grander than anything they have known. The film follows on the heels of the Academy Award-nominated film Sing!, also produced by Sanders and Mock, which follows a year in the life of the choir.

With its theme of “Great Stories Bring Families Together,” the 14th Annual IFFF chose films from a record number of submissions representing 23 countries, 24 states and 29 film schools. The festival was founded in 1993 to educate, cultivate and elevate the family film genre by advocating and encouraging the creation and sharing of family films and screenplays through film exhibition, panels, networking and screenplay readings.

Raleigh Studios is located at 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA, 90038. Tickets range from $10.00 per screening or event, $40.00 for an All-Day Screening Pass (does not include Special Events), to $250.00 for an All-Festival Pass.

Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended.

For tickets and information, visit or call (661) 257-3131.

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