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Documentary Screening & Discussion – “For The Left Hand”

May 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join documentary Co-Director, Gordon Quinn, and Producer/Writer, Howard Reich, for the inspiring story of pianist Norman Malone as we screen the inspiring documentary For the Left Hand. This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP. To RSVP, fill out the form below. 

About the Film:
At age 5, Norman discovered he was a natural at the piano. Tragically, when Norman turned 10, his father attacked him with a hammer to the head, leaving him paralyzed on his right side. Undaunted, Malone began a lifelong quest to reclaim his place at the piano, mastering the most difficult music ever written for left hand alone – and never telling anyone of his deepening virtuosity. Not until he was 78 did Malone reveal his story (to the Chicago Tribune), prompting belated invitations to perform across America. Nearly 70 years after his tragic attack, Malone launches a much-delayed, triumphant concert career.

About Gordon:
Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) “an extraordinarily moving documentary.” With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. At Kartemquin, Gordon created a legacy that is an inspiration for young filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries. Gordon currently executive produces and works creatively on all of our current productions.

About Howard:
Howard has covered the arts for the Chicago Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He has written six books: “The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel,” “Portraits in Jazz,” “Let Freedom Swing,” “Jelly’s Blues” (with William Gaines), “Van Cliburn” and “Prisoner of Her Past” (originally published as “The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich”). The latter inspired the Kartemquin documentary film Prisoner of Her Past which Reich wrote, narrated and co-produced.


May 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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