• Street Singer Productions Announces Official Release for John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling

    NASHVILLE, TENN. — Street Singer Productions has announced the official release date for, John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling.

    Set to be available digitally via Apple TV/iTunes, Amazon Video and Google Play on Thursday, December 15, the feature-length documentary film is an intimate profile of John Monteleone, one of the world's greatest guitar builders and a living artist whose work is on permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Directed by Trevor Laurence and produced by Laurence and the late Woody Mann, the film is expected to have a physical DVD release in 2023 (exact date TBA).

    "It was like meeting Stradivari," recalls acclaimed musician Mark Knopfler who partakes in the film alongside the likes of musical luminaries David Grisman, Ben Harper, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Woody Mann, Anthony Wilson, Mike Marshall, Paul Ricci and Mafalda Minnozzi.

    John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling, which has screened at film festivals and theatrically throughout 2022, will be showing at the Laemmle Royal theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 6. Tickets are available now for the film which looks beyond the technical aspects of the cherished lutherie and examines the life, passion, talent and unique approach Monteleone takes to his art.

    "It is a great privilege and honor to be documented in this very special way," John Monteleone told Guitar World in an interview last year. "I am also deeply humbled by it."

    "Johnís love for life and passion, whether it be food, music, art or architecture, just all goes into the instrument," says Ben Harper. "He is as fearless a luthier as hopefully you are a musician." Jason Kerr Dobney of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City frames Monteleone as "a living master of the highest quality."

    Starting with his early interest in the craft at age 10, Monteleone repaired the dilapidated family piano, then smashed a cheap guitar so he could see what was inside. John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling follows him through his realization as a young man that building instruments was actually a job, and on to his launch of a career repairing some of the world's finest instruments.

    Largely self-taught, Monteleone used his background in repair to begin building instruments, both mandolins and guitars, in the traditional style. Once he mastered this he began to innovate and design his own models. The film examines John's influences including his father and uncle's artwork, his own interests in Art Deco, architecture, cars, trains and the work of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Branching out further, Monteleone drew on these influences to create one-of-a-kind themed guitars with names like the "Radio City," "Sun King," "Orange Blossom Special," "Radio Wave" and many others.

    John's family and creative roots are in Italy, where the film follows him to the northern forests to find the perfect wood for his next projects, and then on to Cremona, known as the city at the heart of violin building. John takes us on a tour through the Museo del Violino where the violins of Stradivari and the Cremonase masters are on display, and explains what can be learned from the old masters' approach to building, and what must be learned on your own.

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    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Info from their mailing list just now:

      John Monteleone: The Chisels Are Calling is available today digitally across streaming services! It can be rented or purchased on Google Play, Amazon, Amazon (UK), Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, and YouTube (UK). It will soon also be available in Italy with subtitles on iTunes and Google Play.

      For direct links visit our Watch page.

      Coming Soon: A DVD with over 90 minutes of special features!
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      The DVD of this movie is now available on amazon.