Every year, exuberant “70-something” East Village concert pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe performs a breathtaking concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the silent killer of New York City.
The award winning musical documentary ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING chronicles an era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community and ravaged the world. This engaging and poignant documentary charts Mimi’s struggle as she prepares for the concert, and is a true testament to the strength of friendship and the power of music.
REVIEWS / PRESS
★ ★ ★ ★ “…a graceful story of music and memory, a moving and thoughtful depiction of art and action… poignant, quietly inspiring…” – The Age
★ ★ ★ ★ “Spong has crafted a handsome-looking production… It’s an impressive effort…” – SBS
★ ★ ★ ★ “Heartbreaking, charming, compelling… Don’t miss it.” – Artshub
★ ★ ★ ★ “Stays with you long after the credits roll.” – Film Blerg
★ ★ ★ ★ “Mimi Stern-Wolfe will steal your heart… The film’s climactic outpouring of sonic emotion will reduce you to tears.” – Cue Dot Confessions
★ ★ ★ ★ “In its own modest and humble way, the film has carried on Mimi’s legacy just as she has carried others.” – The Last Picture Show
★ ★ ★ ★ “undeniably an important memorial work.” – Film Emporium
“There are too few films which examine the pursuits that provide us with quality of life…” – Reel Good
“All the Way Through Evening is a fitting tribute to [Mimi Stern-Wolfe] and a moving viewing experience.” – Stale Popcorn
“It’s an important film, but a beautiful film as well… It’s not the sort of film that you expect an independent Australian filmmaker to make, but I’m glad Rohan Spong did…” –Richard Watts, 3RRR (Smart Arts)
“…Less an exploration than a historical reminder, like the Oscar-nominated movie “How to Survive a Plague” or the exhibition “AIDS in New York: The First Five Years,” currently at the New-York Historical Society” – New York Times
“a bittersweet rhyme between vocal performances and talking head recollections” – New York Times
“I have seen All the Way Through Evening several times and each time I’m moved by it. The exquisite music. The stories – all these young men who died, and what they left behind. The fragility of it. But it’s not simply a story about death and AIDS; it’s about people who still adore music for the sheer, soul-nourishing love of it.” – Huffington Post
“Knowing that such beautiful art was created in the midst of such tragedy enhances the meaning of the music. And experiencing the legacy these men left behind helps ease the pain of their passing. It’s a double-edged sword that Spong utilizes to perfection.” – Stage Buddy (NYC)
“…the devotion and warmth of Mimi, a constant presence in the film, elevates All The Way Through Evening to another level. “
– MCV, Blaze, Sx
“Rohan Spong’s documentary, ‘All The Way Through Evening’, uses a mixture of classical music and wrenching personal stories to transcend barriers”
“The film is my generation trying to access that time and place, a small group of people who came and went from this one room, and now that room is empty, and the only person who’s around who remembers that room is Mimi. And she’s adamant that people remember”
“It’s clear that the director and his subject struck up an intense rapport.”
– Star Observer
“All The Way Through Evening has exceeded expectations, receiving an extended season at Carlton’s Cinema Nova.” – The Age, Alumni News (Melbourne University)
THEATRICAL SEASON ran for 13 weeks to critical acclaim in Australian Cinemas (Opened Nov 29th 2012)
THEATRICAL SEASON at New York’s Vlllage Cinema (East Village) 5+ sessions a day (Opened Dec 6th 2013)
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at United States Library of Congress (Washington DC) followed by Director Q&A (June 25th 2014)
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at MONA (Museum of New and Old Art, Tasmania) followed by Director Q&A (Dec 12th 2012)
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at Boston Museum of Fine Art, featuring performance and Q&A with Mimi Stern-Wolfe (Dec 1st 2012)
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at Kansas City Tivoli Cinema, featuring performance and Q&A with Karen Kushner (Dec 1st 2012)
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at Leslie Lohman Gallery (New York) featuring a performance by Mimi Stern-Wolfe and Q&A with Perry Brass (Nov 30th 2012).
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT at Chicago’s Center on Halstead (Dec 3rd 2012)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM of the 20th Dublin Gaze Film Festival (July 2012)
WINNER Audience Choice Award at the Birmingham Shout! Film Festival (July 2012)
WINNER Special Jury Award at the New York Downtown Film Festival (Feb 2012)
FESTIVAL SCREENING Pink Apple Film Festival (Switzerland)
NOMINATED for Best Documentary of 2012 by the Australian Film Critics Association (Feb 2013)
FEATURING MIMI STERN-WOLFE, PERRY BRASS, GILLES DENIZOT, MARSHALL COID, ROBERT KOGAN, STEPHEN ROTONDARO AND KAREN KUSHNER.
WRITER / DIRECTOR ROHAN SPONG PRODUCED BY ADAM FARRINGTON-WILLIAMS AND ROHAN SPONG EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS DUNCAN HEWITT AND BRAD HEARD.