August Rush

A charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist have a chance encounter one magical night above New York’s Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger who gives him the name August Rush, the child uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth.

August Rush played in the 2007 Heartland Film Festival as an Opening Night Event.

Sample F.I.L.M. Curriculum Questions:

At the end of August Rush, August’s Rhapsody is performed in Central Park. The rhapsody is made up sounds and songs August has encountered throughout the film. August’s Rhapsody truly defines August and his journey to find his parents. How does music define you?

August has a unique way of playing the guitar. Rather than strum the strings to create harmonies, he uses a combination of slap harmonics on the strings and rhythmic beating on the body of the guitar to create very powerful and unique music. What things do you do in a unique fashion?

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