Columbia Film Festival

Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow

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Following the story of an African-American couple struggling with COVID-19 and their journey from despair to hope, “Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow” is a short music film that beautifully, powerfully weaves together a new choral work by composer Damien Geter with an emotionally evocative and poignant film created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Bob Berg.


Director Statement

Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow gave me an opportunity to visually express feelings about what we all went through in 2020. A story that demonstrates that despite a global pandemic, divisive politics, social justice issues, and climate change, there is still good in the world. That good shines best through a narrative of love and music.


The real challenge was filming during the pandemic, knowing that you must provide a safe environment for all the actors and performers. Extraordinary protocol was utilized to make this a reality.


Director Biography - Bob Berg

As a producer/ director of photography and editor, for more than 35 years, Bob has earned numerous awards, including a National Emmy, 63 Regional Emmys, and the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year—twice. He started his own company, Palindrome Productions, in 1997, and has worked in all aspects of production including as director of photography for independent films, newsmagazine shows, documentaries, and reality productions like ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Since joining the talented crew at Michigan Media, Bob has been honored to work with many U-M departments, producing successful marketing and promotional films.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    23:30
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Bob Berg
  • Screenwriter
    Bob Berg
  • Producer
    Mary Kay Berg
  • Executive Producer
    Stephen Beaudoin, Eugene Rogers
  • Cast
    Seth Parker Woods, Kim McKissack, Kyle Greenlaw, Deborah Lee, Michelle Aebersold, Jeremy Nelson, Anthony Williams, Mary Kay Berg, Eugene Rogers
  • Composer
    Damien Geter
  • Music
    Soloist - Aundi Marie Moore, Seth Parker Woods