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For the Left Hand

Quebec Premiere

For the Left Hand

Gordon Quinn, Leslie Simmer

United States | 2021 | 1 h 14 min
English |
Subtitles: English
At age 10, Norman Malone, already an accomplished pianist, was the victim of an agression that paralyzed the right side of his body. Undaunted, he began a lifelong quest to reclaim his place at the piano, mastering some of the most difficult music ever written for left hand alone – and never telling anyone of his deepening virtuosity. It wasn’t until he was 78 years old that Malone told his story to The Chicago Tribune newspaper, revealing his great virtuosity and accepting invitations to perform. Nearly 70 years after his tragic event, Malone realizes a long-delayed dream.
Overview of some festivals:
Woods Hole Film Festival, USA (2021)
New Haven Documentary Film Festival, USA (2021)
Chicago International Film Festival, USA (2021)
Doctober, USA (2021)
BendFilm, USA (2021)
Archive Videos Woojae Song, Jeffrey Nichols, Rachel Dickson
Associate Producer Woojae Song
Executive Production Susan Morrison, Jason Stephens, Gordon Quinn, Jolene Pinder, Melissa Sage Fadim, Sally Downey
Editing Leslie Simmer, Matt Lauterbach
Sound Recording Shuling Yong, Andrew Uvarov, Emily Strong, Byron Smith, Zak Piper
Camera Bing Liu, Shuling Yong, Sebastian Silva, Gordon Quinn
Colorization Matt Taylor
Sound mixing Noise Floor
Cinematography Zbigniew Bzdak
Animation 432 Motion, Jesse Kerman


Gordon Quinn

Gordon Quinn

Gordon Quinn (Director, Executive Producer) is the Artistic and co-founder of Kartemquin Films, where over the past 50+ years he has helped hundreds of documentary filmmakers advance their projects forward and been a leading champion of the rights of all documentary filmmakers. He is the 2015 recipient of the International Documentary Association Career Achievement Award and was a key leader in creating the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use. His credits as director and producer include films as diverse and essential as 63 Boycott (2017), Inquiring Nuns (1966), Golub (1988), and A Good Man (2011). As executive producer include Academy-Award nominated films Minding the Gap (2018), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016), Hoop Dreams (1994), and the Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters (2011), The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013), The Homestretch (2014), and Life Itself (2014), and the acclaimed limited series The New Americans (2003) and Hard Earned (2015).

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
63 Boycott (???????2017)
A Good Man (2011)
Prisoner of Her Past (2010)
Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (2004)
The New Americans (2003)
Leslie Simmer

Leslie Simmer

Leslie Simmer (Director, Edito) is Kartemquin’s Director of Editing and Senior Editor on staff and has worked at Kartemquin for over 20 years in various capacities. She edited Steve James’ series America to Me, which aired on the Starz network in 2018. She also edited and co-wrote Raising Bertie (2016) which premiered at Full Frame, was broadcast on POV, and was named by Slate Magazine as one of the 15 best docs of 2017. Leslie has also edited and co-wrote the Emmy Award-winning film, The Homestretch (2015, Hot Docs and PBS’s Independent Lens); edited and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated documentary As Goes Janesville (Independent Lens 2012); edited Steve James’ ESPN film No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson; edited the Emmy-nominated In the Family (for which she received the Best Editing prize at the Best of the Midwest Awards”), and co-edited with Steve James on the award-winning The War Tapes (Tribeca Film Festival). From 2001 – 2004 she wore dual hats on the seven-part PBS series The New Americans as both Series Story Editor and Post Production Supervisor.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
2021 — For the Left Hand (Documentary)
2021 — The First Step (Documentary)
2019 — Cooking for Life (Documentary short)
2018 — America to Me (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- What’s the Big Deal About Oak Park? (2018)
2016 — Raising Bertie (Documentary)
2014 — The Homestretch (Documentary)
2013 — American Arab (Documentary)
2012 — As Goes Janesville (Documentary)
2010 — Sacred Transformations (Documentary short)
2010 — Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (Documentary) (edited by)
2008 — In the Family (Documentary)
2006 — The War Tapes (Documentary)
1998 — Vietnam Long Time Coming (Documentary)

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