The LA Phil at 100
(in progress)
Director: Laszlo Molnar
Distributor: C Major Entertainment
Length: approx. 56 min.
16:9 shot in HD-Cam
© 2019, a BFMI production in co-production with BR and Arte in collaboration with the LA Phil
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is turning 100 and throwing an epic party – aside from an exciting, widely spread centennial program, the orchestra will mark the milestone with public celebrations, education and social-impact initiatives, showcasing and honoring the diversity of Los Angeles. The spectacles culminate at a conductors’ summit at the Hollywood Bowl with Dudamel, Mehta and Salonen sharing the podium, a century to the day after the orchestra’s first concert on October 24, 1919. On the occasion of this jubilee, BFMI has teamed up with major German public broadcasters BR in collaboration with Arte to produce a documentary film that portrays the LA Phil and its continual creative reinvention.

To illustrate the evolution of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the film will include a historical part to trace the steps that played a part in where the orchestra stands today. From the Trinity Auditorium to the Philharmonic Auditorium, the opening of the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center up to Frank Gehry’s landmark creation, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, each of these venues marked the beginning of a new era for the orchestra. By the early 1990’s, Los Angeles had become a huge multicultural metropolis. And similarly, these rich cultural influences have shaped the LA Phil’s artistic profile encompassing California creativity and soul. The LA Phil today is very different from the LA Phil 100 years ago, and who knows what it will be like in another 100 years. The world is changing, and the LA Phil has a tradition of no tradition. As a mediator between the past and present, it is ready to embrace a brave new future.
The documentary film includes archive material (photographs & film/video) for the historical part, shows the orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel at rehearsals, contains excerpts of concerts, captures the work with YOLA and the collaboration with artists like Herbie Hancock und John Williams, and interviews with Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Deborah Borda, John Adams, Zarchary Woolfe (New York Times), Mark Swed (LA Times), the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, to name but a few.