This is a short documentary movie that shows the whole process of how John Neeman Tools are being hand crafted.
"It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God."
Music by Foreign Fields - "Names and Races". Special thanks to the band Foreign Fields from Nashvile (especially for Clayton Fike) for allowing to use their music as a soundtrack for our movie. foreignfields.bandcamp.com/
Cinema Eye Honors, Nominee, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking
International Documentary Association Awards, Nominee, Best Documentary Short
Florida Film Festival, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Savannah Film Festival, Special Jury Award
Official Selection: True/False Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, SILVERDOCS, Palm Springs ShortFest, Camden International Film Festival, Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, Louisville’s International Festival of Film, Tacoma Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, New Orleans Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Architecture and Design Film Festival (NYC), Bergen International Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival
Directed, Produced and Photographed by Davina Pardo
Produced by Andrew Blum
Executive Produced by Tyler Hayes
Consulting Producer Deborah Shaffer
Editor Lila Place
Additional Camera Liam Dalzell
Original Music Max Avery Lichtenstein
Don Dixon - Director/ Photographer
Chris Reesor - Director/ Editor
Scott McIntyre - DP/Colorist
Shereen Mroueh - Digital Imaging Artist
Douglas Blais - Sound Engineer on Pool Jumper
Don Rooke - Yanuziello square neck resophonic guitar
Kevin Breit - Yanuziello round neck resophonic guitar
Linda Manzer, Chris Bennett, Carmen Yanuziello - Commentary
Nicholas Frirsz is a 5th generation master luthier, craftsman, and inventor working in Upstate NY. Using tools and wood handed down through five generations, he is still making violas the same way his Hungarian ancestors did. This video captures his thoughts about the craft and its future while he works in his studio.