Defiance College welcomes “For the Left Hand” and its subject


“For the Left Hand,” a documentary about pianist Norman Malone, will air on October 1.

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DEFIANCE – Defiance College will host the higher education premiere of “For the Left Hand” on October 1st.

The film documents the remarkable journey of Norman Malone, who overcame a brutal attack to become a one-handed piano virtuoso. Following the premiere, Malone and the college’s honorary degree recipient and filmmaker Howard Reich will be available for an in-person question-and-answer session. In addition, Malone will give a mini-concert around 4 p.m.

Malone and Reich will also spend the day interacting with Defiance College students as they visit with various classes on campus. Students will be able to have meaningful discussions with the duo, as Malone’s story provides an opportunity to explore a multitude of topics including disability, aging, race, and the overall importance of music and music. art.

At the age of five, Malone discovered he was a natural on the piano. Then, when Malone was 10 years old, his father attacked him with a hammer on the head, leaving him paralyzed on the right side. Intrepid, Malone began a lifelong quest to reclaim his place on the piano, mastering the most difficult music ever written for the left hand alone – and never telling anyone of his growing virtuosity. It wasn’t until he was 78 that Malone revealed his story.

From the producers of Oscar nominated “Hoop Dreams” and “Minding the Gap”, “For the Left Hand” is a Kartemquin Films documentary directed by filmmakers Gordon Quinn, Leslie Simmer, Diane Quon and Reich.

“For the Left Hand,” a documentary about pianist Norman Malone, will air on October 1.


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