Sometimes the most compelling stories are the ones unfolding right in our own backyard. Such was the case for Burbank-based documentary filmmaker Anne Davis O’Neal. In 2010 she learned about a group of Los Angeles area opera singers who gathered weekly at Café 322 in Sierra Madre to share their love of the centuries old art form.
Their commitment to music, family and tradition resonated with O’Neal, so she invested three years of her life and her own funds to produce and direct “Sing Your Own Song: An Opera Love Story.” The 60-minute film explores the singers’ collective struggle to maintain their tradition when Café 322 was forced to close and delves into some of their personal lives.
The documentary had its broadcast premiere July 3rd, 2016 on PBS SoCal (KOCE). Since then it’s had periodic screenings around greater Los Angeles. If you’ve never seen the film, now is your chance. It’s screening this coming weekend and the director will be in attendance for an audience Q&A. The film is suitable for all ages.
When: Saturday April 1, 2017 from 2 – 4 pm
Where: Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, located at 7114 W. Manchester Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045