Song of Lahore

Filmmakers: Andy Schocken
Runtime: 82 minutes

In 2004, musician Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. Sharia law had decimated Pakistani orchestras in the late 1970s, and yet the Sachal musicians remain committed to revitalizing the customs of their forefathers. After several largely unnoticed classical and folk album releases, the group produces a record combining South Asian improvisation with jazz. One track in particular, a cover of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” becomes a runaway hit and Sachal find themselves presented with the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to perform live with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center.

About The Filmmaker

Andy-Bio-ShotAndy Schocken is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer living in Brooklyn, NY. He was a co-producer and cinematographer for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, which was nominated for an Academy Award and aired on HBO. His cinematography credits include recent and upcoming theatrically released documentaries such as Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary, First Position, Fight Church, and Gerhard Richter Painting. Song of Lahore is his directorial debut. Andy holds a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.