The Overtones Project

Classical music has the ability to speak to the emotions, and the imagination, without saying a word. OVERTONES is a new series of short films that celebrates the imaginative power of great music. Each one of the films tells a story inspired by a classical piece— using the music as a soundtrack, and without any dialogue.

The first two films in the series were IN THE STATION (music by Claude Debussy) and THE LABORER (music by Modest Mussorgsky). Two new films, SURPRISE (music by Haydn) and ORPHEUS (music by Gluck) were filmed in summer/autumn 2010 and are currently in post-production.

The project was conceived by filmmaker HILAN WARSHAW, who is producing and directing the films through his production company, Overtone Films LLC. In addition to his film work, Warshaw has a background as a classical musician and arts educator.

One of the goals of the project is to bring classical music to new audiences by highlighting the dramatic and imaginative power of great music, through the universal language of cinema. Hilan Warshaw aims to complete a program's length of short films, to be presented at venues in New York and beyond. A parallel goal is to develop educational activities in collaboration with participating schools, using the films to enhance students' enjoyment and understanding of classical music.

The Overtones Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. As a recently begun project, we warmly appreciate support of different kinds--from monetary contributions to donations of equipment or time. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through this web page. If you are interested in finding out more or in working with us, please contact Hilan Warshaw at Thank you very much for your support!


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