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After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst moves to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Winner of the best feature film at the Mexico International Film Festival 2018, The Maestro is a 2018 American period drama directed by Adam Cushman and written by C. V. Herst. The film premiered at the 2018 Sedona Film Festival and in theatres on February 15, 2019, in New York and Los Angeles.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a highly notable composer of over 200 Hollywood films in the 1940's and 1950's. Often receiving zero credit for his work, Mario went on to mentor some of our greatest film composers including John Williams, Randy Newman, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Andre Previn. The film is based on letters that examine Tedesco's teachings and his relationship with student Jerry Herst (played by newcomer Leo Marks), focusing on both the finer points of art and expression, as well as the realities of post-war Hollywood.

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