Dir. Stefan Avalos | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2017 | 105 min.

Discussion to follow with director Stefan Avalos and film subject Danny Houck

SATURDAY, March 18, 2017- Chilmark Community Center


A backwoods dreamer from Ohio, Danny Houck is obsessed with Stradivari, Guarneri, and all things violin. Like the great luthiers of centuries ago, he experiments with different ways of making violins. Through the magic of social media he befriends a famous European concert violinist, Razvan Stoica, and convinces him that he can make a copy of one of the most valuable violins in the world, Guarneri’s Il Cannone—all in seven months’ time. Fighting the clock, poverty, and most of all himself, Danny puts everything on the line for one shot at glory.


Stefan Avalos is an American musician and filmmaker. He was trained as a classical violinist and was a soloist with, among others, the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nevertheless, by early high school he had realized his true love was film. 


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. 


Thank you to the screening sponsor