A Film by Roger and Gerald Sindell

Upcoming Screenings

May 27, 2011 The Cleveland Museum of Art at 7:00 PM Friday

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, 44106. Tickets will cost $9, $7 for CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (216) 421-7350 or online at http://www.clevelandart.org/film


This was almost a sell-out, with 700 people filling the auditorium:

February 20, 2011 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque


The Silver Anniversary Screen A Special Event! Rare Shot-in-Cleveland Indie Feature! Filmmakers and Stars in Person!

USA, 1968, Gerald Sindell

This nearly-forgotten feature film, shot in Cleveland at the height of the city’s racial tensions during the late 1960s, is an earnest plea for harmony and tolerance. It tells of a cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra (Jeremiah Sullivan) and his wife (Mimi Torchin) who choose to let their son (Billy Kurtz) participate in the busing program that was intended to integrate the Cleveland schools. But when the cellist sees a schoolyard reality that’s much rougher than he had imagined, he impulsively pulls his kid out of school, against the wishes of his more doctrinaire-liberal spouse. Never released on video or DVD and unseen for decades, Double-Stop was written and directed by a then-23-year-old Clevelander Gerald Sindell. (His older brother Roger co-wrote and produced it.) Shot on 35mm by a Hollywood crew, it was filmed with Cleveland actors on locations in Shaker Heights, Bratenahl, and University Circle—including Severance Hall, where the Cleveland Orchestra (sans conductor George Szell) was hired for two days of shooting.

Double-Stop won the Atlanta Film Festival’s Silver Phoenix award for “World’s Best Feature Motion Picture” and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the New Directors series. Sindell, after a Hollywood career in which he directed three other features, is now an author, publisher, and business consultant based near San Francisco. The Sindell brothers will attend today’s screening and answer audience questions after the movie, shedding light on the challenges of making an independent film outside Hollywood back in the days when that was rarely done. Billy (now Bill) Kurtz will also appear, as will co-star Patti Fairchild (mother of Fox 8’s Stefani Schaefer). 35mm. 100 min. Special admission $12, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Tom Peterson.