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The Orchestra Chuck Built

Directed by Christopher Stoudt

In 2016, the League of American Orchestras conducted a study that revealed a shocking statistic: only 1.8% of the professional orchestra workforce in the United States is Black. From an old church recreation room in the inner city of Los Angeles, former lawyer-turned-conductor Chuck Dickerson is on a mission to change that. Through The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA)—the largest majority Black orchestra in the country—Chuck is creating life-changing opportunities for his community that did not previously exist. THE ORCHESTRA CHUCK BUILT is a loving portrait of a tireless mentor and a testament to the transformative power of music.

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Documentary Shorts #2

From preserving Indigenous traditions and ancesoral lands to creating life-changing opportunities for inner city youth though hands-on music education, the characters in this collection of documentary short films fervently work to create a better tomorrow for all.

Dates & Times


The Independent Picture House

Fri, Sep 29
5:00 pm