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DOWNTOWN EXPRESS

A film by David Grubin

USA • 2011 • 90 Minutes • Color
Exhibition Format: HDcam, DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD

     
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Downtown Express tells a classic story of youthful rebellion, but tells it with a unique voice: through music. Set in the world of Russian immigrants living in New York City, Downtown Express explores the ways that old world values inevitably clash with the lure and excitement of a new country.

The film stars two acclaimed musicians: Philippe Quint, a Grammy-award nominated virtuoso, classical violinist, and Nellie McKay, a singer-songwriter whose songs, part jazz, part sparkly pop, are noted for their wit and quirky humor. Quint’s role in Downtown Express marks the first time that a classical musician has been featured as the lead in an American film.

 
     
 

“**** Charming. Astonishingly good music. A Treat. Extraordinary.”
– Dan Lybarger, Efilmcritic.com

“The Music is Sublime.” – New York Magazine

"More NYC than Spike Lee or Woody Allen.” 
Richard Lanoie - thereviewspage.com

“A Crowdpleaser.” – Vadim Rizov, indiewire

"Radiates with love." - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“A terrific, inspiring move full of hope and musical joy!”
- Bob Andelman, Mr. Media

 
     
 

Philippe Quint (Sasha)
A two-time Grammy Award nominee, violinist Philippe Quint has emerged in recent years as one of the few soloists to combine a remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity. He has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences worldwide with what The Times (London) describes as his “bravura technique, and unflagging energy.” Quint’s role in Downtown Express marks the first time that a classical musician has been featured as the lead in an American independent film.

Nellie McKay (Ramona)
Since her audacious double-album debut Get Away From Me, Nellie McKay has been a creative dynamo, releasing four critically acclaimed albums, including her most recent, Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the film PS I Love You, and contributed original music and covers to the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It.

David Grubin (Director)
A director, writer, and cinematographer, David Grubin has produced over 100 films, ranging from history to art, from poetry to science, winning every award in the field of documentary television, including 10 Emmys, 2 Alfred I. Dupont awards, 3 George Foster Peabody prizes, and 5 Writer's Guild prizes. His biographies for American Experience and his five-part series Healing And The Mind with Bill Moyers on PBS have set the standard for television biography.

Michael Hausman (Producer)
Michael Hausman is the Primetime Emmy and 3-time Director’s Guild Award winning producer or executive producer of such acclaimed titles as Amadeus, Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock, Ragtime, The Firm, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Homicide, Silkwood, Twilight, Man on the Moon, Gangs of New York and All The King’s Men, among many others.

 

 
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