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Stephen Colbert and Director/Producer Kahane Cooperman at SVA Theatre following screening of Joe's Violin
Academy Award Nominated Joe's Violin A Bronx Tale
A local story about an instrument drive by a radio station helping the underserved youth of the community. It sounds like a tagline for a heartwarming narrative, but it's real life and the story behind Joe's Violin.
The 24 minute short documentary, directed and produced by Kahane Cooperman and produced by Raphaela Neihausen, is nominated for a 2017 Academy Award. At the time of the filming, Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold was 91 and he donated his violin to 12 year old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez.
Kahane Cooperman was a producer for the Daily Show for nearly two decades. Raphaela Neihausen is executive director of the DOC NYC festival run out of IFC Center. Through their relationships, they put on screenings in New York and Los Angeles hosted by Larry Wilmore and Stephen Colbert. Tonight there is another screening in New York with Jon Stewart.
The screening with Stephen Colbert took place Friday, February 10 at SVA Theatre. He hosted a Q&A after the show with Cooperman and Neihausen. Also in attendance were Joe and Brianna along with Brianna's mother and teacher Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan from the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls.
Joe's Violin is now screening around the country and is also available through the New Yorker online which you can see here.