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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Miracle in a Box

Leone McGowan was a lover of the piano for most of her life, so much so that she gave free lessons to children. Upon drawing up her will in 1992, she decided to bequeath a beloved Steinway to her alma mater, Berkeley University. But the bequest came with two conditions: first, the piano was not to be given to the school, but 'held' for her and then given to a worthy student. Secondly, the piano needed to be fixed up... considerably.
September 30, 2009


Leone McGowan was a lover of the piano for most of her life, so much so that she gave free lessons to children. Upon drawing up her will in 1992, she decided to bequeath a beloved Steinway to her alma mater, Berkeley University. But the bequest came with two conditions: first, the piano was not to be given to the school, but ‘held’ for her and then given to a worthy student. Secondly, the piano needed to be fixed up… considerably. Narrated by acclaimed actor John Lithgow, this warm and uplifting film tells the stories of McGowan, the process of finding the right student for the piano via the First Berkeley Piano Competition, and the artisans that breathed new life into the aged instrument.

Partners: Bridge Pin Productions, distributed through PBS International
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Wrapping: September 2009
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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