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Rachel Flowers: Hearing Is Believing (2017/Gravitas Ventures Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B- Extras: B Film: B

The heartwarming new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano, Hearing Is Believing (2017), tells us about a very talented young woman named Rachel Flowers, who is also visually impaired. Her main talent and passion is playing music as she's a singer, flute player, pianist, and guitarist.

This enlightening story opens up with footage of her as a premature (and very small) baby and her talent evident at two years old where she was already playing Bach fugues on piano much to the amazement of her family. We fast forward through her years as a young woman, where she begins to focus more on singing and starts playing at her church and the venues just keep getting bigger and bigger from there. Using her music as the soundtrack, the film is an interesting portrait of a young and emerging artist. The amazing thing about the film are all of the people that Rachel touches with her music. One scene in particular she plays piano in the middle of a grocery store to a huge crowd of people who can't help but stop and listen. At the same time, the film makes you think about what life would be like being blind and some of the daily obstacles that she overcomes with the power of her music.

The film is shot on several different video formats and is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix. The music being the center point, the mixing is done properly with clear audio throughout. There also snippets of Miss Flowers being featured on 60 Minutes, home movies, and other recordings of her throughout her life. Considering the low budget of the production, the film doesn't look half bad on Blu-ray disc surprisingly.

The great musicians appearing with Rachel include Grammy winners Dweezil Zappa, Arturo Sandoval, Stevie Wonder, Grammy nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, the late Progressive Rock icon Keith Emerson, and 50 members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

Special Features...

Rachel Writes/ Reads/ Sings Braille

Rachel Flowers and Dan Flowers play Music Together

Vaughan Flowers - Emerging Artist

Rachel w/ Arturo Sandoval - ''My Funny Valentine''

Rachel plays variations on the National Anthem

Rachel Flowers and Ray Charles

Rachel Flowers ''Magnolia'' by Taylor Eigsti

Rachel Flowers in Concert

Rachel Voice Lesson w/ Linda Ottsen

Rachel Flowers plays 'Pictures' @ an Exhibition

Theatrical Trailer

A hit on the festival circuit, this inspiring true story will entertain you and warm your heart simultaneously. This would also be a fine film to show in a school or classroom.

- James Lockhart



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