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The Keymaster; Patrick Olwell's Story

Produced by Neil Willmann
The story of an eccentric genius whose wooden flutes have become the best in the world

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Overview

Genre
Biography, Portrait, and Music
Synopsis

From a Liberal Arts college in Massachusetts to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Patrick Olwell's journey has led him to become one of the great wooden flute makers of all time.
With a quirky sense of humour and the voice of a storyteller, Patrick recounts his humble beginnings as an instrument maker, living in a cabin in rural Virginia with no electricity or running water, and his slow climb to prominence as his flutes become some of the most sought after instruments in Celtic music. In a voyage of discovery, the film weaves together not just Patrick's story, but also the many steps in making a flute, some rare wood trivia, Irish sessions, archery, swimming, laughter, tears, and interviews with some of the most dynamic Irish musicians out there today. A genuinely human portrait of an intelligent, passionate craftsman, 'The Keymaster' is a film for everyone, and shows what can happen when you never give up on your dreams.

Stage
finished
Running time
89 minutes

Credits

  • Jem Moore ... Director, Editor, Cinematographer
  • Blayne Chastain ... Cinematographer
  • Neil Willmann ... Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Descant Productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2011-2013
Locations
Continental USA, Ireland, England, Canada

Distribution Details

Release year
2013
Festivals
DocUtah, Docuwest, Bare Bones, Intendence, Green Mountain,
Awards
Audience Award 'Best Documentary', 'Best Colorado Director' documentary
Language
English
Subtitles
Chinese (Mandarin)

Photos

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