Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

What Would Beethoven Do?


Year: 2016
Country: USA, CANADA
Run Time: 75 minutes

What Would Beethoven Do?
What Would Beethoven Do?
What Would Beethoven Do?


Classical music doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being hip. For too long it’s been seen as a stuffy genre for intellectuals. WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO? follows a number of renegades, from composers flirting with modern mediums, to young musicians dedicated to changing the narrative, to a man who’s bringing turntablists and orchestras together. These innovative individuals are breaking the stereotypes, hoping to take classical music to a whole new audience. They’re also changing the face of the genre; the perception of classical music being performed only by old white men is no longer true. Spotlighting female composers and musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, this documentary captures the rise of an exciting revolution happening from within. With insight from such notable artists as Bobby McFerrin, Benjamin Zander, and Eric Whitacre, the film makes a passionate and convincing case for the importance of classical music in a new age. It will certainly appeal to fans of the genre. But more importantly, it’s bound to attract some new ones. –E.F.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 08, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Music Movies Competition

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Jonathan Keijser

Jonathan Keijser is a musician and filmmaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. He studied classical double bass at McGill University's Schulich School of Music and later earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. He is the co-President of Wire Walker Studios, a media company focused on creating high impact socially-conscious content.


Jonathan Keijser, Veronica An, Sabrina Skau, Daniel Beresh

Arjun Kamath, Jonathan Keijser, Sabrina Skau

Jeffery Glaser, Jonathan Keijser

Benjamin Zander, Eric Whitacre, Britlin Losee, Dinuk Wijeratne

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