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Making the Grade - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Making the Grade
SIFF's capsule summary: "Every year, over 30,000 students prepare for rigorous and daunting piano exams in Ireland. Welcoming audiences into living rooms, music studios, and churches, this edifying documentary explores the bond between teachers and pupils as well as the intense musical dedication required to make the grade." (Ireland, 2017, 96 minutes)
SIFF link: Making the Grade

Every year in Ireland, thousands of students study for piano exams, from Grade One through Grade Eight. This documentary introduces a handful of students and teachers at each level.

6 Almost Good Although I enjoyed seeing all the kids dedicating themselves to music, and loved the tutors dedicating themselves to their students, I don't think the film really told a story in an interesting way. The words of the students and teachers are nicely assembled, and the music is pleasant, but the film seemed aimless. It's sweet, but disposable.

I rate it almost good.

Languages: English (mostly with Irish accents).

Rating: I don't think this film has a US rating (yet), but I'd guess it would rate a "G", because I can't recall anything unsuitable for any age.

Screening: noon, Pacific Place (room 4).
Audience: a fairly SIFF press screening crowd, over 100, about 285 seats (estimated capacity).

Snacks: none.

Ads and announcements: no ads at press screenings; SIFF volunteer "R" provided announcements.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 8 films (all features), no parties.

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