Greenwich Entertainment Acquires U.S. Rights to Gustavo Dudamel-Themed Documentary “¡Viva Maestro!”

Gustavo Dudamel‘s life story is headed to the big screen…

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer and director Ted Braun’s documentary ¡Viva Maestro!, which shines a spotlight on the Grammy-winning Venezuelan conductor and violinist.

Gustavo Dudamel

A theatrical release for the film, hailing from Participant Media, is planned for later this year. Cinephil is also repping foreign sales on the film at EFM.

¡Viva Maestro! explores the artistry, beliefs and determination of Dudamel, who serves as the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The documentary is an exploration of Dudamel’s imagination and genius as he responds to the unexpected and daunting obstacles of social unrest in his homeland of Venezuela with powerful music-making and an innovative and triumphant concert that celebrates the power of art to renew and unite.

Braun followed Dudamel on a tour with the world’s greatest orchestras in Los Angeles, Berlin, Mexico City, Hamburg, Berlin and Santiago, Chile.

¡Viva Maestro! features the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Shostakovich and Mexico’s greatest living composer, Arturo Márquez.

Arturo Márquez Elected Vice President of CISAC

Arturo Márquez is representing…

The 69-year-old Mexican orchestral music composer has been elected as a vice president of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). 

Arturo Márquez

Márquezwill lead alongside ABBA cofounder Bjorn Ulvaeus, the group’s president, and 

South African singer-songwriter and actress Yvonne Chaka Chaka as his fellow vice presidents.

CISAC represents more than 230 authors societies in more than 120 countries, and through this community, its role is to support the global network of collective management of rights for more than 4 million creators.

The organization is responsible for collecting €9.6 billion of licensing income and royalties worldwide.

Márquez’s works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra MexicoYOSA PhilharmonicPan American Symphonyl’Orchestre de ParisSimon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Lyon.

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Arturo Márquez are outstanding, inspirational creators, and I’m delighted CISAC will be able to benefit from their energy and authority in campaigning for creators worldwide. They join us as Vice Presidents at a critical moment for CISAC’s work, with millions of creators facing loss of their livelihoods and the challenge of rebuilding their careers. We are looking forward greatly to our collaboration and their support.”

Chaka Chaka and Márquez join Chinese director, writer and producer Jia Zhang-ke and Spanish visual artist Miquel Barceló as the four vice presidents of the confederation.