New Reviews

8 08 2012


New reviews following recent NYC theater run:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Heartfelt documentary… a son’s attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent. This well-made film argues that Scott’s most significant achievements were his inventions of electronic instruments.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden [full review]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Both an exhaustive exhumation of a forgotten 20th-century genius and a tender, bittersweet requiem for a fractured family.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“On a personal level, this film tells a fascinating tale. The focus on Scott’s music and electronic experimentation remains strong throughout, thanks to an eclectic roster of musicians and scholars including JOHN WILLIAMS, JEFF E. WINNER, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH, and DJ SPOOKY.”

VARIETY, Ronnie Scheib

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A beautiful, personal look back on the man’s career;  it’s essential viewing.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Personal discoveries, instant payday loans, never-before-seen archival footage, and in-depth insights from a range of historians and collaborators shed light on one of the most intriguing composers and musical innovators of the 20th century.”

WIRED magazine, Geeta Dayal

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Undeniably poignant, providing plenty of fascinating details.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Pays lavish tribute to the work of Raymond Scott.”  

NEW YORK POST, Lou Lumenick

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Informative and entertaining, it tells a loving, resonant story of an American original.”

HUFFINGTON POST, Regina Weinreich

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft.”

SLANT magazine, Kalvin Henely

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“It is a fascinating primer on Scott’s work. A portrait of Scott as a multi-hyphenate musical prodigy.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Heartfelt and illuminating. Such honesty and pure, unadulterated compassion are rare traits in documentaries, so that makes it all the more extraordinary.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“The film ignites interest in anyone who sees it.”

—WNYC, Leonard Lopate

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Takes us into the enormous Raymond Scott archives, fascinating not just because of what they hold, but by their sheer scope and magnitude. Though the tone of this documentary is frank, it is mostly good-natured, revelatory and celebratory.”
★★★★ (4-Star Review)

—SPECTRUM CULTURE, Stacia Kissick Jones

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“An offbeat, intimate documentary.”

NEW YORK magazine

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A beautifully-produced testament to the legacy of an extremely brilliant musician and innovator. It scarcely seems possible that this much genius was crammed into a single brain, but this film captures it all in glorious detail. It all adds up to a 98-minute viewing experience that at times finds one awestruck. It’s a safe bet that, pending eligibility, a much-deserved Oscar nomination is just around the corner. By all means, SEE THIS FILM!”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Movie Theater Screening at the Hippodrome in Gainesville, Florida

31 07 2012


The film will be screened on August 7th, at 7:15pm, at The Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville, Florida. After the film, there will be a live Skype Talkback Q&A with Director and Scott’s son, Stan Warnow, and Co-Producer/Curator of the Raymond Scott Archives, Jeff E. Winner. Details here:

Quad Cinema Theater in New York City

26 07 2012

Thank you to everyone who attended! Right to Left: MOOG Synthesizer co-inventor Herbert A. Deutsch, the film’s co-poducer Jeff E. WinnerIsil Bagdadi of CAVU Pictures, the film’s director (& Raymond Scott’s son) Stan Warnow, and Berklee College of Music professor and former Bob Moog/Raymond Scott associate Thomas L. Rhea, following movie theater premier on Friday, July 13th, 2012 at the Quad Cinema in New York City as a fundraiser to research garcinia cambogia uses.


Mitzi Scott, R.I.P.

4 05 2012

Mrs. Raymond “Mitzi” Scott
(18 July 1918 – 3 May 2012)

Leonard Maltin Weighs In

10 11 2009

imagesFrom Stan:

I recently sent Leonard Maltin, one of the country’s most recognized and respected movie critics and historians, a preview DVD in hopes he would screen the film.  Very gratified to report that he has, and here’s his reaction:

”A fascinating look at a musical genius and the way he lived his life. Stan Warnow allows us to share his journey of discovery as he pieces together the story of his father. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

It’s a real thrill for me to get such positive feedback from one of the best known film critics in America!

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