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Oh Barack!

Film director: 
Celeste Friedman
About the Director: 

Critically acclaimed as a prolific songwriter and passionate performer, GRAMMY nominee and composer Celeste Friedman leaves you inspired as well as entertained. Noted as a brilliant raconteur and a painter of lyrical portraits, she is the granddaughter of big-band leader Leo Reichert.

In just the last two years, Friedman has scored the music for the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "The Glory of Living"; the first season of the cable thriller, “Ghost Hunter”; the pilot for “The French Kitchen”; and her work is featured in the short film, "Young Folks”, showcased in Festival de Cannes-2008.
Celeste’s latest CD, released March 5, 2009, features live performances over the past 15 years from the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville.

In 2007, Friedman was chosen as one of the 50 writers from the 50 states, included in the compilation, “All States, All Stars”, featuring her haunting ballad, “Wild Horses”. 20,000 copies of this 3-CD boxed set was sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, totaling up to one million songs of Music For the Troops.

Nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2005 and the winner of the 2005 Ohioana Library Citation Award in Music and Education, Ms. Friedman's contributions have been recognized by The Points of Light Foundation, The Ohio State University, Voices of Hope, The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Department of Education of The State of New York. For her music works featured in both 1995 and 1997 MDA Telethons, Celeste is the recipient of two Pat Weaver Award nominations.

"a painter of lyrical portraits"
. . . Legend Magazine
"everyone should be singing her songs!"
. . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe

National media credits include National Public Radio, Music Choice, A Prairie Home Companion, Live! with Regis and Kelly and the ESPN Network. Internationally her music has garnered global airplay and rave reviews.

In 2006, Friedman's music was featured in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "The Glory of Living", on stage at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Chamberlin.
In 2008, Friedman's work in the short film, "Young Folks" was showcased in Festival de Cannes.

Friedman's work has been showcased in the following Film Festivals:
Festival de Cannes, France, 2008
Festival 7 Jours Art et Polar, Reims, France, 2008
Festival Della Creativa, Florence, Italy, 2007
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2007
New England Student Film Festival, 2007
Rebel Planet Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2007
deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City. 2007
Arts Fest Harrisburg, PA Film Festival, 2007
The Long Island International Film Festival, 2007
Asian Arts Festival, Brown University, 2007
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2007

Producer: 
Celeste Friedman
Original Film Format: 
Digital / DVD
About the Producer: 
Critically acclaimed as a prolific songwriter and passionate performer, GRAMMY nominee and composer Celeste Friedman leaves you inspired as well as entertained. Noted as a brilliant raconteur and a painter of lyrical portraits, she is the granddaughter of big-band leader Leo Reichert. In just the last two years, Friedman has scored the music for the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "The Glory of Living"; the first season of the cable thriller, “Ghost Hunter”; the pilot for “The French Kitchen”; and her work is featured in the short film, "Young Folks”, showcased in Festival de Cannes-2008. Celeste’s latest CD, released March 5, 2009, features live performances over the past 15 years from the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville. In 2007, Friedman was chosen as one of the 50 writers from the 50 states, included in the compilation, “All States, All Stars”, featuring her haunting ballad, “Wild Horses”. 20,000 copies of this 3-CD boxed set was sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, totaling up to one million songs of Music For the Troops. Nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2005 and the winner of the 2005 Ohioana Library Citation Award in Music and Education, Ms. Friedman's contributions have been recognized by The Points of Light Foundation, The Ohio State University, Voices of Hope, The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and the Department of Education of The State of New York. For her music works featured in both 1995 and 1997 MDA Telethons, Celeste is the recipient of two Pat Weaver Award nominations. "a painter of lyrical portraits" . . . Legend Magazine "everyone should be singing her songs!" . . . Craig Harris, The Boston Globe National media credits include National Public Radio, Music Choice, A Prairie Home Companion, Live! with Regis and Kelly and the ESPN Network. Internationally her music has garnered global airplay and rave reviews. In 2006, Friedman's music was featured in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "The Glory of Living", on stage at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Chamberlin. In 2008, Friedman's work in the short film, "Young Folks" was showcased in Festival de Cannes. Friedman's work has been showcased in the following Film Festivals: Festival de Cannes, France, 2008 Festival 7 Jours Art et Polar, Reims, France, 2008 Festival Della Creativa, Florence, Italy, 2007 Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2007 New England Student Film Festival, 2007 Rebel Planet Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2007 deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City. 2007 Arts Fest Harrisburg, PA Film Festival, 2007 The Long Island International Film Festival, 2007 Asian Arts Festival, Brown University, 2007 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2007
Film Sound: 
Other
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Production country: 
United States
Video Type: 
DVD
Running time (In minutes): 
4:54
Film photographer: 
See synopsis for listing of contributing photographers
Already selected in a Festival?: 
No
Theme: 
Documentary
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
Music: 
Celeste Friedman
Actual Budget: 
$1500.00
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Film reviews: 
"We in Holland and the Netherlands all have our preference for a democratic candidate and most of them are a fan of Barack Obama. So, we are playing Celeste's song from the video!" . . . John van den Berg, OMROEP, Vlaardingen, Netherlands Well done! Awesome images and beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it with me! . . . SMKellog Thank you, great inspiring video . . . Reverend Richie Awesome video :) Thanks for spending the time to put it together, for sharing your photographs, and creating the music, it was a pleasure to watch and its a pleasure to be a supporter of Obama. . . . StuartML
Student film: 
No
Trailer availble: 
no
Production year: 
February, 2008
Film synopsis: 
A promotional video for U. S. Senator Barack Obama from the State of Illinois in support of his candidacy for President of the United States. Opening with examples of our struggling times, over 60 stunning and stirring images, through the lenses of 40 photographers, take you from Seattle to Times Square, Main to Minnesota, Iowa to Iraq and beyond. Soundtrack written, produced and performed by singer-songwriter/composer Celeste Friedman. Produced by AmericansforHOPE.org. We are very honored by the generosity of our contributing photographers, their hearts, time and talent! Camilo Arenivar TJ Baker C.W. "Barney" Burgis Lauren Victoria Burke Jason Coleman Joe Crimmings Danny the Caveman Gene Dawydiak Tory Fink Getty Images Kris Godlewski Gregory Han Carl Harris Alexander Heilner Susan Jekarl Cecily Johnson Johnnie K. Greg Lawler Caitie Leary Tia Likely Hinda Majri Celi McDaniel Jason Melrath Leo and Mixtli Photography Erik Ose Alfred T. Palmer Darrell Porcello Adrian Revels Steve Rhodes Joann Edmonds-Rodgers Justin Russell Kristina S. Bob Scofield David Silver Troy Snow Colleen Sontheimer Scott Stillman U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- ACoE photographer Jim Gordon John Varady Luke Vargas
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Film Submission

Thank you to Fest21.com for the opportunity to submit my film, "Oh Barack!"

Celeste Friedman- United States

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