Thrive (film)

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Thrive is a 2015 short documentary film about Matthew Whitaker, a piano prodigy who has been blind since birth. [1] The film was directed and produced by Paul Szynol and has played at festivals worldwide, including North America, Europe, and Asia. The film includes appearances by Jonathan Batiste, Dr Lonnie Smith, and Chad Smith.

Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater, where, at 10, he opened for Stevie Wonder. Whitaker is the subject of Thrive, a 13-minute documentary about "the prodigious talent and irrepressible spirit of a musically precocious 12-year-old blind boy."

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