Ethan Hawke’s directorial debut and Sundance Selects release Seymour: An Introduction has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. Select theatrically-released titles—entertaining films that do much more than just entertain—are honored with the designation throughout the year. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.
“A transcendent and existential journey through the life and mind of Seymour Bernstein, Seymour: An Introduction weaves an engaging portrait of a truly authentic and inspiring musical spirit,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Ethan Hawke’s reverent directing debut frames Seymour’s life, method and passion in a truly honorable and engaging way that will affect audiences of all ages.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Seymour: An Introduction has been honored with a Truly Moving Picture Award,” said Producer Greg Loser from Room 5 Films. “It’s always been our hope that the film, and Seymour’s story, would touch people from all walks of life. Seymour believes we succeed in life not by ‘winning,’ but by engaging deeply with that which means the most to us. If ‘Seymour: An Introduction’ and the Truly Moving Picture Award can help share the same message, then we’ll have found our own measure of success.”
Seymour Bernstein is a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. A “poignant guide to life” (Indiewire) and an engaging exploration on the dedication, perseverance, and fortitude essential to creating both art and a rewarding life, “Seymour: An Introduction” will leave audiences uplifted and inspired.
Seymour: An Introduction is now playing in select cities.