2022 Season

Film Screening

When & Where

Tue Aug 2 2022 Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion


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 Gordon Quinn (’63 Boycott) and Leslie 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.

Following the film screening, there will be a mini-performance by Norman Malone and a panel discussion moderated by Candice Agree of 98.7WFMT with Gordon Quinn (director), Leslie Simmer (director and editor), Howard Reich (writer and producer), and Norman Malone.

The event is presented in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Kartemquin Films.