Port City Music Hall
"The Maestro" Film Screening

"The Maestro" Film Screening

Thu, June 13, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$10 Seated General Admission

This event is all ages

Featuring a Q & A with the stars of the film, Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke

Pre-show cocktail party Meet and Greet - 6:00pm
Film Screening - 7:00pm
Q&A to immediately follow film

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

The Maestro
The Maestro
Please join us June 13 at the State Theatre for a very special screening of “The Maestro”, plus an opportunity to meet two of the film’s stars, Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke, who recently relocated to Maine from Los Angeles.

THE MAESTRO is a dramatic biopic about famed composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and starring Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead) and Sarah Clarke (Twilight, 24). 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.
THE MAESTRO won several awards on the festival circuit including the Audience Award for Best Film and the Jury Award for Best Actor (Xander Berkeley) at the Tallgrass Film Festival. The film also received Best Film awards from Classical Arts Film Festival in Napa Valley, Lake Charles Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, and the Youth Jury Award for Best Film at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Xander received the Best Actor Award from The Oaxaca Filmfest and The Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

Xander Berkeley is a multiple award-winning actor with over 230 film & TV credits. Most recently as Hilltop leader, Gregory, on AMC’s international smash hit series The Walking Dead. Xander was George Mason on Fox’s 24, Percy on Nikita, Magistrate Hale on Salem, as well as playing Red John on The Mentalist. A shapeshifter extraordinaire, Xander began studying and working in the theater from a very early age. Born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey, he attended Hampshire College in Amherst at 17, doing plays while there, at UMass, and Mt Holyoke before moving to New York to study privately and at HB Studios. His first professional job was up here in North Conway NH, doing summer repertory at The Eastern Slope Playhouse at age 20 & 21.

An agent brought him to LA before long and within a year he had landed his first film: Mommie Dearest. A skilled makeup man in the theater, Xander began applying that craft to film-acting working on countless classic TV shows in the 80’s to test his range and versatility. The low life drug dealer in Sid and Nancy opposite Gary Oldman. Contrasting with Tom Hanks fresh-faced college roommate in Volunteers. Terminator 2, Apollo 13, A Few Good Men, and the evil secret service agent in Air Force One all made him a go to guy for big box office and critically acclaimed films of the 80’s and 90’s.

But Xander, who’s father was a painter, and is a painter himself, was always drawn to independent and art films whenever and wherever possible. The passionate, poetic composer/teacher, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in The Maestro, is in many ways a distillation of the dedication Xander has put into his truly remarkable 40-year career.

The Berkeleys bought a farm five years ago in the countryside outside of Cornish, in Hiram. They have been coming with their two daughters (9 &12) each summer, and developing the property with an eye toward bringing film production to Maine. They have since gone all in, renovating an old Inn in Limerick as a film set/boutique hotel, and moving the family from Los Angeles full-time just outside of Portland. Ready to move into directing and producing as well as continuing to act, Xander and Sarah are excited to bring actors, writers, and technicians in from NY and LA to work together on projects in Maine in the future.
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101