Concert for Hope

Film Still Resonates with Audience

Screened in Maui February 2017 
Double Feature with “Hidden Figures” 

Ten years after the event, A Concert for Hope was once again seen on the silver screen. We had a good sized audience, and about a quarter of the audience returned short surveys to us. They told us they liked the music, the message, the car story, the quotes, and “the meaning in the mission revealed.”  We were told that the film “proves there’s lots of hope,” and that viewers learned that “hope works!” Here are the results (results including our one extreme outlier are in parentheses)

Film Ratings (Very Small Sample n=10) Rating from 1 to 5

4.1/5.0 (or 3.7 with outlier) The film A Concert for Hope gave me more hope.
4.3/5.0 (or 3.9 with outlier) I feel more inspired after watching A Concert for Hope.
4.1/5.0 (or 4.3 with outlier) I learned something new from watching A Concert for Hope.
4.5/5.0 (or 4.2 with outlier) I enjoyed the music performed in the film.
4.3/5.0 (or 4.0 with outlier) I enjoyed the speakers in the film.
4.1/5.0 (no response from outlier) I enjoyed the animation (oncoming train) in the film.
4.3/5.0 (or 3.9 with outlier) I believe this movie made an impact in my life.
4.4/5.0 (or 4.0 with outlier) I believe this movie made an impact on other people in the audience.
4.4/5.0 (or 4.0 with outlier) I would recommend this movie to others.
4.6/5.0 (or 4.2 with outlier) This movie would be useful for teachers and students.

On our survey, we asked what would make this vintage film stronger. Suggestions ranged from the impossible to the useful. One viewer (our outlier who roundly panned the film) perceived a “valid but outdated message in today’s socio-political climate” wanted A Concert for Hope to relate to contemporary issues such as the Trump presidency. Others were more helpful, suggesting we add upbeat music to appeal to a younger crowd, more animations, find distribution, clarify the call to action, reflect all the PPT slides that were presented during the event, and even make the film longer (yes!). 

About the Film

What would you do, to start a ripple? This film explores the question, and captures a moment in time which caused a ripple, bringing waves of change we are still feeling.  Recorded live at Stanford University’s Memorial Church at a concert of the same name, A Concert for Hope captures a celebration concert in honor of the opening of the The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the launching of their website,  Director Lauren Speeth mixed up a magical brew of transcendent musical performances, stirring speeches, and enchanting animations; the result is a compelling call to action. Subtitled in five languages [click for pdf], online for free viewing on our YouTube channel, and available by request on DVD.

Watch the Movie ( 3 segments)

As seen on Starfish Network, Fall 2009: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 – 1:30 PM EST; Sunday, November 15, 2009 – 7:00 AM EST; Sunday, November 22, 2009 – 5:30 PM EST; and Saturday, November 28, 2009 – 5:00 PM EST.

Highlights include:

  • A new major composition, La Povertà by Stanford composer / professor Giancarlo Aquilanti and performed by the Elfenworks Festival String Ensemble [Christina Mok, Violin 1; Randall Weiss, Violin 2; Rick Shinozaki, Violin 3; Pat Burnham, Violin 4; Patricia Whaley, Viola 1; Janet Sims, Viola 2; Peter Gelfand, Cello 1; Cheryl Fippen, Cello 2] with sopranos Shawnette Sulker and Rebecca Plack, under the baton of maestro Mitchell Sardou Klein of the Peninsula Symphony. Set to music:

    ***Deuteronomy 15:11: For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

    *** Mother Teresa: Serve the poorest of the poor. Do not wait for leaders. Do it now, person to person. 

  • Special gospel music includes I Shall Not Be Moved and a second original composition, In Harmony With Hope celebrating the opening of the center, written by pianist / composer / arranger / long-time Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty member Tammy Lynne Hall, Featuring Ms. Hall conducting and at the piano, with Rhonda Benin, Valerie Joi Fiddmont, and La Tonya Reed vocals, Michaelle Goerlitz, percussion and Don Kane, bass.
  • Featured speakers include Stanford Dean of Humanities and Sciences Richard Saller, Ph.D.,Center Director Professor David Grusky, Ph.D., and Elfenworks Foundation CEO  Lauren Speeth.
  • Added to the visual feast: animated story, slides from the Stanford Center and striking excerpts from the film Faces of Poverty.
  • Copyright © 2008 The Elfenworks Foundation, LLC
  • Distributed by The Elfenworks Foundation, LLC
  • Produced & Directed by Lauren Speeth
  • Audio recording, mixing, and mastering by Stephen Hart
  • Editing, effects, and animations by Tim Schaller
  • Running time:26 minutes

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