Steve Grossmith Interviews Gerry Leonard & Joeann Calabrese
4th January 2019
Nominated at our North Europe International Film Festival London 2019, “Pray-Er” is a beautiful documentary music film that was made in response to the terrible events that occurred in Charlottesville in August 2017 and features a sublime performance by the acclaimed musician Gerry Leonard and was made by the award winning filmmaker Joeann Calabrese. We really appreciate the time that Gerry & Joeann gave us from their very busy schedules for this wonderful interview and to give us some insight into why they decided to make this film.
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Legendary producer/guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie/Suzanne Vega/ Laurie Anderson/Cyndi Lauper/Avril Lavigne ) performs a prayer of hope for us living through these divided times. Recorded live at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC after the horrible tragedy in Charlottesville, VA, August 12th, 2017. “Pray-Er” has won four film awards and has screened in NYC, Biloxi (MS), and Lagos (Nigeria), for which it won Best Experimental Film.
Award-winning, NYC-based filmmaker Joeann Calabrese started her filmmaking career while working at MTV Networks as a technical director. She then moved to the historic Kaufman Astoria Studios to work in post productionwhile completing graduate studies at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her films are created in a documentary/educational style and have been screened in NYC, London, Berlin, Lagos, Russian Federation. She has received 14 film awards over the past two years, including Audience Choice Award, Best Experimental Film and Best Music Film. Pray-Er (the song) is written and composed by legendary guitarist/producer Gerry Leonard.