Live Art

Live Art is a film about an innovative performing arts education program.


About the film

In 2012, two documentary filmmakers began recording footage of what was to become one of the most profound examples of performing arts education anyone has ever witnessed Live Art. 

Live Art is a groundbreaking 20-week inclusive performing arts educational experience for children with and without developmental disabilities and hearing impairment, which culminated with these students performing on stage alongside some amazing professional musicians. 

About the filmmakers

Image - Martin-Montgmery_LiveArt.jpgMartin Montgomery is a graduate of Longwood University in Virginia and has been filming live events, short films and commercials for over 10 years. His work has won awards at several film festivals and two regional Emmys. One of Montgomery's films was also part in the Cannes Film Festival in France. He is always seeking new ways to evoke emotion through moving images and discovering new topics to explore. 

Image - William-Gaff_LiveArt.jpgWilliam Gaff has been a creative storyteller for the past 15 years. He has produced and edited hundreds film and video projects for broadcast, corporate and non-profit organizations, advertising and event films. His work has won a regional Emmy and has been nominated for a national Emmy. Gaff was named by his peers as one of the 25 most influential event filmmakers in the world two years in a row. His documentary-style event films have gained national attention as some of the most unique films in the industry. He continues to explore ways in which filmmaking and journalism are merging and evolving into exciting new ways to tell stories. 

Presented by WCVE

WCVE PBS is a part of the Community Idea Stations, which provides public TV and public radio for central Virginia. Every week, the Community Idea Stations reaches more than 300,000 people in Central Virginia of every age, demographic and economic circumstance. By providing the best of PBS and NPR programming and coupling that with a strong set of local, community-based programs and services, we strive to be a valuable community partner that makes an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science and education.