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The Rhapsody -- Just after an extremely talented pianist learns he has brain tumors, he meets the mysterious Sophia, who urges him to cancel a vital operation because the growths aren't what they seem.


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Exasperated at being stuck on a piano Rhapsody he's been writing for seven years, Sol pushes himself over the edge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Philip Adkins ... Doctor Tom's son
Tibor Ambra ... Anesthesiologist

Margaux Amie ... Doctor Tom's Daughter

Kelli Joan Bennett ... Surgeon
Nick Bennett ... Sol
Lucy Doty ... Lead Nurse
Damon Evans ... Chasing Orderly
Rachael Graeff ... Surgical Nurse
Amit Gupta ... Drug Dealer

Rutger Hauer
Lorraine Kay ... Hospital Admin. Employee

Lindsay Lane ... Hospital Visitor

Kiosha Lee ... RN

Leo Oliva ... Orderly (as Leonel Oliva)

Katherine Pawlak ... Sophia

Jenny Phagan
Stella Pigago ... Escarpment Resident

Teri Pluma ... Doctor

Tristan Price ... Young Sol

Adele René ... Abused Girlfriend (as Adele Jones)
Marvin Rouillard ... Hospital Patient
Andrea Sorgi ... Jill

Teddy Vincent
Wendell Watts ... Doctor Tom

Directed by
Max Cusimano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Cusimano  written by

Produced by
Lisa Brener .... executive producer
Max Cusimano .... executive producer
Amar Hamoudi .... co-producer
Leslie Nestor Miranda .... producer
Mikael Salomon .... executive producer
Gregory Spano .... executive producer
Becca Jane Taylor .... producer
Richard Turke .... producer
Oshan Wickramanayake .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mathew Hasel 
Robert Hoehn 
Cinematography by
Patrik Thelander 
Film Editing by
Max Cusimano 
Production Design by
Frankie Meyerhofer 
Costume Design by
Amy Parris 
Makeup Department
Liliana Norman .... makeup artist: second unit
Yvonne Wang .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Graham Silver .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jay Shepley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Lenkowski .... assistant art director
Evan Seccombe .... graphic designer
Torie Zalben .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Eric Agnello .... second assistant sound
Jose Barocio Jr. .... boom operator (as Jose Barocio)
Patrick Bowsher .... sound designer
Randy Horte .... assistant sound designer
Steve Hunt .... boom operator
Kennard Morris .... sound mixer
Lucas Murillo .... boom operator
Steven Schwedt .... boom operator
Steven Schwedt .... sound mixer
Ted Star .... boom operator
Ted Star .... sound mixer
Dan Weinberg .... dialogue editor
Mike Weinstein .... boom operator
Mike Weinstein .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Seth Donald .... visual effects artist
Jeff Pate .... assistant visual effects artist
Carter Reedy .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Halsey D. Corbin .... best boy
Max Cusimano .... camera operator: second unit
Steve Davis .... electrician
Jenny Denton .... key grip
Aaron Eaton .... second assistant camera
Noah Flippo .... grip
Tarik Hameedi .... camera operator
Tarik Hameedi .... camera operator: second unit
Kyle Jasper .... electrician
Ed Joyce .... grip
Clint Kasperian .... assistant camera
Robert Leath .... electrician
Mike Prim .... grip
Tim Ronca .... grip
Chris Soule .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Girard .... assistant costume designer
Claudia P. Mata .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Carter Reedy .... additional editor
Dan Weinberg .... additional editor
Other crew
Samuel Birdsong .... production assistant
Rich Bokides .... location manager
Kiana Charles .... production assistant
Chris Clute .... production assistant
Bruce Conklin .... wrangler
Linda J. Cowgill .... script consultant
Lucy Doty .... medical consultant
Kristin Elliott .... production assistant
Kristian Gaustad .... production assistant
Jason Heath .... stage manager: Escarpment Studio
Lorraine Kay .... script supervisor
Kevin Kirner .... production assistant
Chris Naab .... stage manager: Escarpment Studio
Erika Olmos .... set key production assistant
Kim-Freddy K. Svendsen .... production assistant
Louis Roberto Toscano .... production assistant
Elena Woodhead .... production assistant
Tariq Aljalal .... very special thanks
Lisa Brener .... very special thanks
Milton Brener .... very special thanks
Richard Cusimano .... very special thanks
Thetis Cusimano .... very special thanks
Michael Gossen .... very special thanks
Dwight Johnson .... very special thanks
Lindsey Kasabian .... very special thanks
Hytham Kilani .... very special thanks
Anne Lai .... very special thanks
Colin Lawrence .... very special thanks
Sandra Lentz .... very special thanks
Kathryn Lyn .... very special thanks
Tony Mariani .... very special thanks
Robert Mead .... very special thanks
Veronica Milagros .... very special thanks (as Veronica Diaz)
Paul 'Pizza' Pianezza .... very special thanks
Dean Radin .... very special thanks
Kristal Ramin .... very special thanks
William A. Sadler Jr. .... very special thanks
Gabriel Sanchez .... very special thanks
Jessica Schulte .... very special thanks
Ridley Scott .... very special thanks
John E. Waterman .... very special thanks
John Woo .... very special thanks
David W. Zucker .... very special thanks

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Additional Details

USA:29 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Ridley Scott loved this film and released an official media quote stating about the film and director Max Cusimano, "A work of sensitivity and insight. Refreshingly clever. Watch out for this guy in the future - he's the real thing."See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Just saw this at Houston Worldfest--LOVED it, 19 April 2009
Author: damu from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When this was over, I couldn't believe that it had been 30 minutes long. I was so engrossed in the story that it just flew by.

The story is as follows: Sol is a pianist who has been trying to finish his rhapsody for seven years, but he can't seem to figure out the ending. He's also started getting weird headaches, and has started hallucinating. His doctor tells him that he has two tumors in the frontal lobe of his brain--he's only one of 9 people in the world with this condition--and that they must operate immediately or he'll die within months. There's another patient in the same hospital with the same condition who is about to go into surgery as well. On his way out, he encounters this woman in the hallway. She's being forced against her will to have this operation, and she screams at him not to get the operation. Strange thing is... why does she recognize him, and why does she look familiar? As the story unveils itself, we start to see there is much more going on with these tumors than Sol realizes.

One of the reasons I didn't give this movie a 10 is that it reminded me a little too much of the movie Pi, which I think was a bit better. However, this film is not a copy of Pi, per se, and it does have its own style. The editing flows beautifully and the story is told in a way that kept me totally enthralled. Sol's rhapsody plays an important part in weaving the elements of the story together. I was especially moved by the climactic scene where Sol suddenly figures out what the hell is going on. That was gorgeously done.

Overall, I am excited to see more from this director--according to the website, he is working on a full-length version of this film, and if that does get made, I can't wait to see it.

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