Seymour: An Introduction (2015): Ethan Hawke’s Superb Documentary

seymour_an_introduction_3Sundance Selects has bought U.S. and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s superlative documentary “Seymour: An Introduction,” just prior to its world premiere at the Telluride Film Fest.

It’s actor Ethan Hawke’s debut as a documentary director.  He had made his feature directing debut with Chelsea Walls, a minor, rather disappointing indie.


The documentary, which profiles pianist Seymour Bernstein, was produced by Greg Loser and Heather Smith of Room 5 Films, and Ethan and Ryan Hawke of Under The Influence Productions.

seymour_an_introduction_1“Seymour: An Introduction” played to great acclaim at Telluride, followed by sold out screenings at both the Toronto and the New York Film Fest.

Bernstein is a piano prodigy who was teaching the instrument to others by the time he was 15. After a long and illustrious career as a performer, he decided to devote himself entirey to helping others develop their own gifts.

“We have had the great fortune of working with Ethan throughout his career, going back to his directorial debut ‘Chelsea Walls’ and most recently with Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood,’” said IFC president Jonathan Sehring. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with his absolutely charming first documentary feature.”

seymour_an_introduction_2Hawke said, “IFC Films has always been a champion of the kind of cinema I most admire.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers