Twelve Pianos


Castro Theatre Wed, Apr 26, 2017 8:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Dean Mermell
Year of Production:2017
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Topic:Big Nights
Bay Area
Green Fire Award
Changing Cities
Running Time:64 min.


8:30pm :: Closing Night Premiere

2017 Green Fire Award Finalist: Half Moon Bay, California. Mauro ffortissimo, an artist and musician, drags an old grand piano onto the bluffs near his home by the sea. He plays it every evening at sunset for the migrating whales passing just offshore. Soon after, his installations of twelve pianos take over the San Mateo Coast, as world-class musicians, enthusiasts, and novices alike come to play in the exquisite natural surroundings. Finally, with pianos on the streets of San Francisco, the city’s rebellious artist’s soul stirs once again. Filmmaker Dean Mermell captures the incredible sights and sounds of this unusual passion project, in a film that asks: As the world rushes headlong into an unknown future, what good things from the past are worth saving?

DISCUSSION WITH: Dean Mermell, filmmaker, and special guests - Plus live piano performances!

10:00pm :: Closing Night Wrap Party

It’s a wrap! Join us on the Castro Mezzanine for a celebration and champagne toast with our Green Film Fest filmmakers. 21+

Closing Night Sponsor:

Community Partners: Jewish Film Institute; San Francisco Botanical Garden Society; Sunset Piano

Additional Information

Dean MermellBorn in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Los Angeles, Dean Mermell has been active in the San Francisco film scene since 1996. His short, silent films have won numerous awards including at the SF International, Moondance, and California Independent Film Festival, and have screened at Mill Valley Film Festival and SF IndieFest. His previous documentary feature, The Eye of Rudra, profiles the late artist Pepe Ozan, and, in the words of founder Larry Harvey, is "...probably the best documentary ever about Burning Man." From 2001-2006 he taught film editing and documentary filmmaking at Stanford University as part of the Digital Media Academy. Dean is also a musician and co-founder of the Sunset Piano project.