BERNSTEIN’S WALL Documentaries


Talent attending in-person screening: Douglas Tirola (Director).

For the better part of the 20th century, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was a household name due to his music in WEST SIDE STORY (for which he won an Academy Award®), his role as Musical Director of the New York Philharmonic and his work on television making classical music accessible to the general public. This documentary follows the life of this extraordinary first-generation son of Ukrainian-Jewish parents, from his early life in New England, to the many “firsts” he claimed during his early orchestral career and his constant advocacy of worthy causes. The narration uses Bernstein’s own words, harvested from his many recorded appearances on the radio, television and in-person interviews, which offers a strikingly intimate perspective. –Eric Moore

Douglas Tirola is a documentary filmmaker and producer whose films have earned critical acclaim and have played at film festivals including Sundance, Berlin and SXSW. He has produced four of Robert Greene’s documentaries, including PROCESSION which is also playing at AFI FEST. Tirola’s seventh and newest documentary, BERNSTEIN’S WALL, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at Telluride.


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Douglas Tirola

Screenwriters: Leonard Bernstein, Douglas Tirola

Producer: Susan Bedusa

Executive Producers: Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman, Ryan Heller, Lisa Leingang

Cast/Featuring: Leonard Bernstein

Running Time (minutes): 106