A documentary short about the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra which collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed them and then returned them into the hands of students.

When the Philadelphia public-school system began losing almost all the funding for its music education programs in 2007, hundreds of instruments in need of repair were left for dead, and community members moved to action. With this film we are introduced to a few of the innovators, educators, volunteers, advocates, and musicians behind Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a music and art project begun in 2017 that raised awareness for the issue, helping to get those broken instruments back into Philadelphia students’ hands. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was originally created and commissioned by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

About the Director(s):

Charlie Tyrell is a Torontonian filmmaker and the New Year's Baby of 1988. His work has screened internationally at such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and many more. His previous documentary short, My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the Grand Jury Award at SXSW 2018 for Best Documentary Short as well as a Canadian Screen Award.


– Best Short (Philadelphia Film Festival)

Other Screenings:

– Philadelphia Film Festival (2019)
– DOC NYC (2019)
– Sundance 2020,
– SXSW 2020
– ReFrame Film Festival (2020)