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by Ted Braun


When conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s international tours are disrupted by deadly protests across his native Venezuela, one of the world's finest and most beloved musicians faces a daunting set of challenges — to his commitment to the mentor who changed his life, to friends and musicians he’s led since his teens, and to his belief in art’s transformative capacity. ¡Viva Maestro!, the uplifting and timely new documentary from acclaimed director Ted Braun, follows Dudamel around the world as he responds to unexpected and imposing obstacles with stirring music-making that celebrates the power of art to renew and unite.


99 mins



English, Spanish



Participant Presents an Escape Artists and Center of Gravity Production

Written and Directed By Theodore Braun

Produced By Steve Tisch, Dean Schramm, P.G.A.

Produced By Nicolas Paine, P.G.A., Howard Bragman, Theodore Braun, P.G.A.,

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann

Co-Executive Producers: Jenifer Westphal, Lauren Selig, John Stofko

Edited By Kate Amend, ACE

Cinematography by Buddy Squires, ASC with Richard Pearce

Sound Recording by John Zecca Cas, Theresa Radka

Music Performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Berlin Philharmonic, Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra, Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra, Orquesta Gustav Mahler Del Núcleo, Los Chorros, Encounters / Encuentros Art & Citizenship Orchestra, A Mi Maestro International Orchestra

Music Conducted by and Featuring Gustavo Dudamel



Ted Braun (Director, Writer, Producer) works in nonfiction filmmaking across documentary and scripted forms, with a focus on global conflict. Braun’s critically acclaimed first feature film, Darfur Now, earned him the International Documentary Association Award for Emerging Filmmaker of the Year (2007). The film was nominated for best documentary of 2007 by the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. It went on to win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary. Warner Bros. distributed Darfur Now worldwide and financed it along with

Participant, which spearheaded a global social action campaign. The winter 2008 issue of MovieMaker magazine named Braun one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world (alongside luminaries such as Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and Robert Redford).
His most recent feature documentary, Betting on Zero, was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for best documentary screenplay of 2017. The film chronicles the campaign of controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and Latina activist Julie Contreras to expose Herbalife as a massive international pyramid scheme. Betting on Zero premiered in the Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, where it won a special jury mention for investigative work.

Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he is also the inaugural holder of the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In its April 2018 report on the best film schools, Variety magazine named Braun one of the world’s “Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.”


"Transfixing... compelling."
- The Washington Post

- Los Angeles Times

"Dudamel is a joyfully appealing figure... such an amiable subject."
- New York Times

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