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November 10, 2012

Richland grad’s film premieres

— Max Fedore has created a film that is out of this world.

The 2012 Richland High School graduate and film and TV production student at New York University Tisch School of Art, was commissioned to create a film for the Peoria (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra that will premiere today be and shown while the orchestra performs Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”

“I had met the maestro (George Stelluto) through friends here in New York and he had seen a movie I’d done and thought it was cool,” Fedore said. “He had the idea to do ‘The Planets’ and had me in mind and called me about his ideas.”

Fedore began the project this past summer and after exchanging ideas with Stelluto it was decided to create a film of moving collage images from NASA, classic and modern artwork and literary quotes.

“I wanted the images to enhance the performance, not take away from it, and immerse you in the music,” Fedore said.

“The images float off and on the screen with the music.”

Fedore will attend the performance Saturday and afterward take part in a question-and-answer session.

“I was very excited to be given this opportunity because this is the first film I’ve done of this magnitude,” he said. “I’m used to doing a short film and then adding the music, but this was the other way and I had to fit the images to the music.”

The performance also coincides with the opening of Peoria’s Riverfront Museum and Planetarium.

Fedore hopes those attending the symphony will experience the wonder and mystery of the planets and solar system all while enjoying the music.

“The planets have always served as inspiration for the arts and science, so we were able to bring that all together and I think we pulled it off,” he said.

For more information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org.

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