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The Maestro Exclusive Trailer Premiere Honors the Legacy of Hollywood Composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Xander Berkeley in The Maestro

Actor Xander Berkeley plays composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in director Adam Cushman’s biopic, ‘The Maestro.’

Crafting the finest points in art and expression can often times demand unrelenting dedication, but the heightened emotions that are the driving force behind the job aren’t always recognized. That’s certainly the case for the talented Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who was a highly skilled composer of over 200 Hollywood films in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but only received official credit for seven of his scores. But the songwriter is now finally receiving the credit he deserves in the new biopic, ‘The Maestro.’

Freestyle Digital Media is set to distribute the film in theaters on Friday, February 15, and then On Demand and DVD the following Tuesday, February 19. In honor of ‘The Maestro’s upcoming release, ShockYa is exclusively premiering the drama’s trailer.

‘The Maestro’ stars Xander Berkeley as Tedesco, as well as Leo Marks (‘The Last Tycoon’), Sarah Clarke (‘Twilight,’ ’24’), the late Jon Polito (in his last movie role) and Mackenzie Astin (‘The Magicians’). The biopic was directed by Adam Cushman and written by C.V. Herst.

The film is based on letters that examine Tedesco’s teachings. Its story focuses on the composer’s relationship with one of his students, Jerry Herst (Marks), as well as the finer points of art and expression, and realities of post-war Hollywood.

‘The Maestro’ won several awards on the festival circuit. including the Audience Award for Best Film and the Jury Award for Best Actor (Berkeley) at the Tallgrass Film Festival. The drama also received Best Film awards from the Classical Arts Film Festival in Napa Valley, the Lake Charles Film Festival, the Mexico International Film Festival and the Youth Jury Award for Best Film at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Berkeley also received the Best Actor Award from The Oaxaca Filmfest and The Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

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ShockYa is exclusively premiering the trailer for director Adam Cushman's biopic, 'The Maestro,' which stars Xander Berkeley as composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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