A Film by Roger and Gerald Sindell

Autumn 1967. The Sindell brothers returned to Cleveland, Ohio.

Autumn 1967. The Sindell brothers returned to Cleveland, Ohio.

Less than a decade from their own graduations from Shaker Heights High School, the Sindell brothers wanted to address the challenges of bringing racial equality to the nation by creating a motion picture that addressed the responsibility of personal choice.

Their story is about Mike Westfall, a cellist in an orchestra very much like the Cleveland Symphony. Mike lives a life of splendid isolation with his arist wife Katherine and their child, Pablo in their storybook converted coach house.

Katherine, who has an upcoming show of photographs she took in the wake of the previous summer’s rioting, wants Pablo bused to better prepare him for the ‘real world’ and as an action to speed racial integration in the schools. One fateful morning, Mike follows Pablo’s bus into the city’s core and his protective instincts trigger a battle of ideals between Katherine and himself. When a close friend is murdered, the Westfall’s choice to run or stand is brought to a climax.

An independent film, created in the context of the New Wave French cinema,  Double-Stop was invited to the Cannes Film Festival and won the Atlanta Film Festival’s major prize. The film received modest distribution and then disappeared for almost 40 years. This new restoration was premiered by the Cinematheque of the Cleveland Art Institute, and brings alive its dazzling imagery.