LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Playing with Beethoven,” an upcoming feature film written by Tunkhannock native, pianist Catherine (Remus) Shefski, brings classical music to the big screen with live performances by actor musicians.
Shefski began writing screenplays as a hobby 12 years ago. After studying the genre in depth and completing several scripts, she began teaching, first a workshop at the Dietrich Theater, and later, a course at Temple University Extension Division.
Shefski originally wrote “Playing with Beethoven” as part of the Set in Philadelphia screenwriting competition, in which she made the final round. She came upon a post on Twitter by Producer/Director Jenn Page, who was looking for a script similar in theme to Shefski’s. The two immediately bonded and the process of bringing the film to life started.
Page has directed films and music videos featuring Academy Award winner Shirley Jones, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Feldman and other well-known Hollywood talent. She collaborated with Playing with Beethoven’s production team on the award-winning musical films and series “Waiting in the Wings: The Musical,” “My 2 Black Girlfriends,” “Steve’s Quest,” and “The Breakout: A Rock Opera.”
Page’s team is raising funds to complete principal photography of the film, which is a romantic drama about two classical piano students who are an unlikely couple.