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What the Press Says...

"thoroughly disarming and rewarding"
Dennis HarveyVariety
***** “This is a powerful documentary that is sure to garner attention as it makes the rounds on the film festival circuit. 'Strad Style' is a hidden gem.”
Alex DuffantIrishFilmCritic
"- a deeply satisfying bit of cinematic storytelling."
Christopher Llewellyn ReedHammerToNail
"Strad Style plays out like a less-exploitative version of American Movie (not to besmirch one of my favorite docs of all-time) and manages to deliver not only a successful underdog tale but a compelling character piece as well."
"One of Slamdance 2017’s documentary treasures, Strad Style is as deeply heartfelt as it is riveting."
4 out of 5 burritos. "Even if some aspects of him just make you want to yell “Get it together!” at times, you’ll see that common spark that brings us all together here."
"Wonderful; so funny and strange and human. An amazing portrait of a fascinating character, beautifully told with enormous suspense and tenderness."
MaryAnn JohansonFlick Filosopher
"a beautifully shot shaggy-dog story with an overcoming-adversity theme and fairy-tale outcome Hollywood would kill for, which leaves audiences applauding through tears."
David LeitnerFilmmaker Magazine
"It's a really quirky time-is-running-out thriller documentary"
CBC- Radio Q
"...Highly watchable, and the score - all performed by Razvan Stoica - is lively and well played."
Glen SumiNew Toronto
I LOVED LOVED LOVED Strad Style (8/8), and have not been able to stop recommending it to anyone who will listen.
Strad Style is without a doubt a great documentary about a very interesting character.
Entertaining, quirk-heavy doc
John DeforeHollywood Reporter
Strad Style – ★★★½ (out of 4) "highly enjoyable", "- the film builds perfectly towards the highly rewarding payoff."
“- irresistible, way-stranger-than-fiction documentary”
Kenneth TuranL.A. Times

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It’s a story that beggars belief—a bipolar practitioner of “candle magick” living in a dilapidated farmhouse in rural Ohio with a lifelong obsession for building violins (and covered in tattoos of master builders such as Stradivarius) convinces a world-renowned soloist via social media that he is capable of creating a perfect replica of the world’s most valuable violin, Guarneri’s Il Cannone. A quirky look into one man’s DIY enthusiasm and perseverance when facing down a self-created, impossible task, Strad Style is the feel-good doc of MFF2017


The Violin Maker

In his own words, 32-year-old Danny Houck is “a nobody.” He’s an eccentric recluse living in a ramshackle farmhouse in the backwater town of Laurelville, Ohio. He has no job, no money, and no prospects. But he does have an obsession: violins. Specifically, he’s obsessed with the two most acclaimed violin-makers in history: Stradivari, and Guarneri del Gesu. Danny’s enthusiasm is absolute, but his talent is not. He’s never had any training in violin-making, so his “technique” is one part pictures on the internet, one part trial and error, and one part mania.

The Violinist

Razvan Stoica is one of the greatest violinists of the present. Already widely known in Europe, he is considered by many to be the next big “super-star” violinist.

Very active in social-media, Danny found Razvan on Facebook and it is there that he convinced Razvan that he could make a perfect copy of the ‘Il Cannone’, one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world.

The Mother

Mary Houck is Danny’s mother

The Cousin

David Campbell is Danny’s cousin and best friend.

The Violin Mentor

Rodger Stearns is a fine violin maker and restorer. He is also an extremely kind man and gives Danny time and advice on his violin-making endeavors.

He is the closest thing that Danny has to a mentor.

The Film Maker

Stefan Avalos is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Having started his life as a classically trained violinist and knowing the obsessions that are part of the violin-world, he became intrigued with the story of Daniel Houck, while working on a broader documentary about New vs old violins. While this movie is still in process, “Strad Style” emerged as a story that became HIS obsession.

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1170 Productions presents A Documentary Film by Stefan Avalos
Daniel Houck, Razvan Stoica, David Campbell, Mary Houck, Rodger Stearns, Alfredo Primavera
Produced by Stefan Avalos
Co-produced by Suzan Ortmeier, Additional Producer Kevin Annest