SOURCE: Sennheiser Electronic Corp.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 19, 2012) - Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has sponsored the documentary film Rockin' the Wall -- an engaging film and history lesson about the Berlin Wall, and an entertaining exploration of the power of rock music as a force for social change and liberation. The documentary will be broadcast on public television stations nationwide in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th. A full schedule of the stations airing Rockin' the Wall will be posted and updated on the film's website. Well known musicians featured in the film include Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellow Jackets) and Mother's Finest -- the group that played in East Berlin just weeks before the Wall came down.
Stemming from Producer and Author Larry Schweikart's Seven Events that Made America America, Rockin' the Wall is the compelling story of rock and roll's part in bringing down the Berlin Wall. The film incorporates the perspectives of rockers who played at the time, on both sides of the Wall, and from survivors of the communist regime, describing how rock music provided them with a lifeline and inspiration during such a volatile period.
"In 1961, when the Wall was built and division in that part of the world was so pronounced, rock and roll was emerging as a force of liberation worldwide," said Gabriele Hayes, board member of the Wende Museum. "This film poignantly illustrates how these two movements greatly opposed and influenced the other, providing an intimate glimpse into the despair, paradoxes and ultimately the humanity of this time in history. We are pleased to play a supportive role in the dissemination and communication of this important educational film."
Rockin' the Wall was directed, and co-produced with Schweikart, by Marc Leif. The public television broadcast of the film was made possible by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation and the ongoing distribution of the film is being handled by Specialty Studios.
This film, along with a large section of the Berlin Wall, will also be part of a permanent exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
To view the trailer and the full broadcast schedule, visit Rockin' the Wall's website at http://www.rockinthewall.com/. The film is being distributed by The Video Project -- the educational product and distribution arm of Specialty Studios. A 60 and 83-minute (Director's Cut) version of the film are both available. For more details visit http://www.videoproject.com.
About Specialty Studios
Specialty Studios is a fully integrated media and content studio harnessing the power of socially conscious media to touch hearts, engage minds and inspire action. The company partners with producers to build powerful campaigns that get audiences actively involved in creating solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.