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International Premiere – Cobargo, NSW, Australia February 19th

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Play The Documentary will be celebrating its first International Premiere at the Cobargo Docos in Cobargo, NSW, Australia on February 19th at 3:30PM. Cobargo Docos is a monthly community gathering that focuses on screening documentaries from all over the world. The host and curator of the films, Lena Kuppen, has been bringing new docs to these events since September of 2014. She has screened some of the world’s most amazing new films such as “Salute – The Story Behind the Image” , “More than Honey”, and the ground breaking documentary “Alive Inside”. Play The Documentary is very honored to have been selected for this screening. To be a part of the culture in Cobargo is truly amazing.

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Boost Conference – Film Fest April 20th

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Play The Documentary is heading to the Boost Conference Thursday April 20th as part of the Film Festival portion of the conference.


The Boost Film Festival

It is the mission of the BOOST Film Festival to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers and to share their work so that it may inspire, educate, and transform youth and professionals in the youth work field.

The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. When available, the BOOST Film Festival strand also offers the opportunity for post-film discussion with the filmmakers or representatives from the film company.


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This event is only available for conference attendees.

Location: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA

January 11th at Higley Center For the Performing Arts – Gilbert, AZ

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Official Screening with the Building Bridges Foundation and FACE January 11th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.



We are very excited to announce our biggest theater and screening yet. January 11th at the Higley Center. Tickets are on sale today!! This event is co-presented by the Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education of the East Valley and the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. It is our goal to fill this theater and raise over $10,000 for music education in one night of amazing music and fun. This is so much more than just a movie screening event, check out all the things included in your ticket.

Higley Center for Performing Arts has close to 1200 seats for us to fill. Join in the movement to keep music in schools.

6.15p.m Food Trucks, Concessions, Live Music, Photos, Doors Open
7.00p.m. Watch the movie- Play the Documentary
8.00p.m. Q & A’s with movie director Matty Steinkamp
9.00p.m. Doors close

All proceeds for this event will benefit Building Bridges Foundation and their music education programs.


All profits from this charitable event go to the Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education of the East Valley.

Building Bridges is the Foundation’s signature music program. It is incredibly successful and moving into its 8th year in 2017. Building Bridges has brought music and social education to nearly 18,500 school children from 40 different elementary schools right here in the East Valley. Loved by teachers, parents and children alike, this K-6 annual event features the dynamic music of three-time Grammy Award winner, Tom Chapin. This year, for the first time, FACE is expanding Building Bridges to include an adapted program and a special sensory friendly LIVE concert featuring Tom Chapin for children with special needs, specifically children on the Autism Spectrum.

By buying a ticket to this Movie Event you are supporting the Foundation’s vision to present programming such as Building Bridges FREE OF CHARGE to local children and participating schools. THANK YOU!



Minneapolis’ Vega Productions Non Profit Presents Play The Documentary at The Riverview Theater – November 30th

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Vega Productions presents the Minnesota Premiere of Play The Documentary at Riverview Theater on November 30th. Proceeds benefit Vega Productions directly funding music education initiatives. The Riverview Theater is a gorgeous theater that will host our film for one special engagement event to help share the awesomeness of music.  For more information on Vega Productions and how they are bringing access to music to our children in the Twin City area please click the links below.


Vega Productions:

Vega Productions believes that quality music education should be accessible to everyone – not just the students who can afford it. To address this significant barrier to accessing music education, Vega Productions launched Instruments in the Cloud, a website designed to:

  • Get more musical instruments into the hands of students;
  • Empower every person to be a champion for music education in his or her community; and
  • Provide resources to music educators and administrators that help increase access to musical instruments.


For donors, Instruments in the Cloud makes it easy to donate a once-loved but no longer used musical instrument to a school music program in need. Donors can support a specific school or search for a need for the instrument they plan to donate.

For teachers, Instruments in the Cloud provides a wish list feature, which allows teachers to quickly communicate their classroom needs. Program wish lists roll up into a dynamic, searchable database of need.

Also for teachers and administrators, Instruments in the Cloud provides a free musical instrument inventory system that allows teachers to manage, track, and share instruments among programs and schools. The inventory system connects administrators and music teachers so they can view one another’s inventory and communicate to share the instruments they already have.


Minneapolis Play The Documentary Vega Productions


Address: Riverview Theater 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Tickets: (CLICK HERE)

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Play The Documentary at The Herberger Theater for First Friday

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Play The Documentary is honored to be a part of the Read Between the Lines night at The Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix, AZ. First Friday of November, November 4th at 7pm. All donations benefit music education directly in AZ. There are a limited number of seats so please get there early. There are several other events happening at The Herberger before the screening that you should try and check out. They will be featuring spoken word performance, open mic, book signing with local authors, live music and book drive. All of this happening 4 days before the big election. We want to make sure you know that Music Education is an “issue” and we can make sure to elect the people who will keep music in schools. If you live in downtown Phoenix, this is your chance to see Play The Documentary in an amazing theater. Check out what The Herberger Theater is doing for arts and music in Arizona


Play The Documentary at The Herberger Theater


We are actively looking to get our film in the most amazing theaters across the countryto impact the most amount of people possible. Getting our film into The Herberger is something that we could have never imagined. It is with great pride and love that we say a huge thank you to Leah Staten for making this event happen. Leah you are a champion for music!!!!!If you want to join the movement to help keep music in schools contact us to host or help host a screening. Together we can accomplish anything to help make our communities stronger. #playitforward


The Herberger Theater is located in downtown Phoenix walking distance from the Light Rail with public parking in surrounding areas.

Adress: 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004


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Play The Documentary California Premiere – Art Theatre Long Beach – November 12 & 13

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Art Theatre Long Beach


The Art Theatre Long Beach presents the California Premiere of Play The Documentary November 12th and 13th. Both showings will be special engagements with Q and As from educators and our director Matty Steinkamp starting at 11am. Tickets are on sale now at . The Art Theatre in Long Beach is an amazing restored single screen theater that is perfect for our film. Art Theatre is a non profit theater devoted to showing independent films. We are excited to welcome them to our movement to help keep music in schools. We hope to have music educators and and local musicians out for this event. If you would like to get involved with our California Premiere, please contact us at


Art Theatre Long Beach Play The Documentary


You can purchase tickets right here:

Address: 2025 E 4th Street Long Beach, CA 90814

Show Time: 11 am

Dates: November 12 & 13

Q & A with director Matty Steinkamp after the film




Alice Cooper’s Teen Center hosts Play The Documentary – November 9th

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Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center in north Phoenix will be hosting an Official Screening of Play The Documentary on Wednesday November 9th at 6:30PM. Families, educators, and teens are invited to come and enjoy a wonderful night of cinema. Admission is free and you are welcome to take a full tour of the newly built teen center. Seating is a first come first serve basis so make sure to show up a little before 6:30PM.

Alice Cooper Hosts Play The Documentary


Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center  Location:

13625 N 32 St. Phoenix, AZ 85032

(Southeast Corner of 32st Street and Thunderbird Rd.)

Salt Lake City- Musicians Toolkit Presents Play The Documentary Special Engagement Screening – September 21

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On Wednesday September 21,  Musicians Toolkit Presents Play The Documentary Special Engagement Screening  – Salt Lake City 

We are very excited to announce our first screening with our partners Musicians Toolkit based out of Salt Lake City. The screening will be held at Legacy Studios and the Headquarters of Musicians Toolkit. This is the first of many screenings in the Salt Lake City area. The Screening starts at 7pm so make sure to get there by 6:30 to get a great seat. If you have any questions please contact us at

Musician’s Toolkit is a subscription-based online video music learning platform based out of Salt Lake City, UT. Its mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and communities by collaborating with music professionals to create an innovative, online music educational experience. Their staff is comprised of highly ambitious, talented individuals, including: musicians, filmmakers, grad students, and award-winning music educators, all of whom share a passion for improving lives through music.
Date: Wednesday September 21st, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Legacy Studios 352 S 500 E Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Admission: Free
We look forward to seeing all of you music educators, musicians, and music lovers for a great night of celebrating music education.
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Sedona International Film Festival Hosts Premiere of Play The Documentary

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(Sedona, AZ)  Sedona International Film Festival joins in the movement to help keep music in schools with a special screening of “Play The Documentary.” On Thursday August 25th, the organization will be hosting two premiere screenings of Play The Documentary.  The film features Sedona’s own Brandon Decker of the band decker. who teamed up with upstart documentary filmmaker Matty Steinkamp, who directed and filmed the documentary. In addition to performing in the film, Brandon is credited for co-writing and co-producing the crowdfunded documentary that features musicians from all over the world sharing their passion for music and how music has sculpted their lives.

Decker says, “music is a transcendent force available to basically everyone. I can’t think of many more important curriculums for the children of today to have access to at school and it has been a real exciting and humbling opportunity to be a part of Matty Steinkamp’s film while helping to cause illicit change and seeing how some people are fighting back to protect this.”


Donations and a portion of the ticket sales from this event will directly benefit music education non profits in Arizona.

The film premieres at Mary D. Fisher Theatre August 25th with two screenings. One at 4PM and the next at 7PM. Both screenings will include a full Q and A with our Director and Producer team Steinkamp, Decker, and Perkins.




World Premiere August 18th

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Play The Documentary World Premiere: FilmBar Phoenix

FilmBar Phoenix is located at 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

August 18, 8:00pm 21 and Older

Ticket Price: $12


Tickets go on sale June 1st. Donations and a silent auction will benefit the Arizona School for the Arts.

August 21 3:00pm  all ages showing.

Ticket Price: $12


Tickets go on sale June 1st. Donations and a silent auction will benefit the Arizona School for the Arts.

After a long wait, including an exciting stop at Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix-based filmmaker Matty Steinkamp’s feature film Play The Documentary will premiere at FilmBar Phoenix with two screenings.

Play The Documentary is a  film created in hopes of inspiring more people to play music. The documentary was shot in locations all over the US, in addition to captivating footage from Ireland, over the course of two years and features over 40 musicians each playing their particular instrument and discussing their perception of the personal impact of playing music.  The film also touches on US budget cuts to music education in recent years and what is being done to combat the cuts. In particular, the film delves into the work of game-changing national nonprofit Little Kids Rock program.

First time filmmaker Matty Steinkamp is excited to see the impact the film is having locally and looks forward to seeing similar impact in other cities across the US.  Steinkamp says, “I want to help create a positive change in my community, and throughout the world if possible. This film, I hope can achieve that change.”

On the heels of creating a buzz at Phoenix Film Festival, Phoenix Magazine called the documentary, “a powerful testament to the crucial need for music at every level,” and “a gorgeously shot film.”  The film still awaits word on submissions to both Portland and San Diego Film Festivals. Steinkamp eagerly anticipates more openings for the film this summer in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and St. Paul.  All openings will directly raise money for local music non-profits in the host cities through partnerships with organizations such as Little Kids Rock, Arizona School of the Arts, Vega Productions, Musician’s Choice and more.

The film premiers at FilmBar Thursday, August 18 at 8pm and Sunday, August 21 at 3pm.  The screenings will help raise funds for Arizona School of the Arts and there will be a silent auction with proceeds directly benefiting Phoenix-based music and arts programs.  Tickets for the screenings are $12 and go on sale June 1.

We are very thankful for all of our Kickstarter backers, our Producers, and our new distribution partner. There are more dates coming soon in cities all across the US, subscribe to our social pages to keep updated on showings in your area.


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Play The Documentary Official Selection 2016 Phoenix Film Festival

Phoenix Film Festival 2016

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We are very proud to announce that Play The Documentary has been officially selected to be screened at the 2016 Phoenix Film Festival April 7-14.


Phoenix Film Festival Official SelectionYou can get tickets to the festival online here by following this link. TICKETS
This is a huge honor for us, to be a part of Phoenix Film Festival. Many of the cast and crew are native born Phoenicians and currently live here in the valley. The film will be screened in the Medium Length Documentary category on April 9th, 10th and 14th. We hope to see a full house. Featured in this poster is Phoenix resident Julian Davis. Julian is a chromatic harmonica player who plays his music wherever he can. You can catch him sometimes near the Biltmore underpass playing for people passing by, or in a concert hall filled with hundreds of jazz lovers. Julian gets his inspiration from artists such as Stevie Wonder. He performs with a battery powered amplifier with a microphone as we record him playing some of his original music.This is the first official screening of our film, stay tuned for more updates as we will be throwing a party for this one!!

In the film we travel from New York to Dublin, from Galway to San Francisco. We feature artists from California, Utah, Hawaii, New York, Arizona, Ireland, and so many other places. We stopped by the Facebook campus for a fundraiser for Little Kids Rock. We got to see many young students that have received a positive impact from the help of Little Kids Rock. We sit with some teachers and discuss the struggles of being a music teacher with no school funding as well as what it’s like getting help from Little Kids Rock. There is so much that is in this film that so many can connect with. We hope this film allows us all to see the importance of music and that our children deserve a chance to play.

For now please check out our official trailer.