they came to play

Director – Alex Rotaru

Cast – Henri Robert Delbeau, Mark Fuller, Clark Griffith, Ken Iisaka
Producer(s) – Lori Miller

Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged 35 to 80, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music, and camaraderie. The film provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music. Years of dedicated preparation culminate in critical performances before a professional jury and discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds.