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Everybody's Cage

OT: Everybody's Cage

Sandra Trostel // Germany, 2016
Documentary Feature // FF2016
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Essay In the middle of the 20th century, the composer John Cage was a central figure of the New York avant-garde. HIs pieces were free of conventional structures and instrumentation and closely connected to philosophical and social reflection. Asked how he would describe them in a single sentence, Cage said once: “Get out of whatever cage you’re in.” Together with the young pianist Francesco Tristano, the director sets out to find traces of Cage’s music and philosophy in New York. The expedition becomes an experiment in which sounds and thoughts enter into a dialogue together. Everybody’s Cage is a documentary essay, as open and associative as a composition by John Cage.


SANDRA TROSTEL (*1976) works as an independent film-maker with the focus on digital storytelling. In 2016, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed Everybody's Cage, her documentary essay on the composer John Cage.


Everybody's Cage

Documentary Feature

English, German

Hamburger Filmschau//FF2016



79 min

OV with German and English subtitles

Sandra Trostel

Sandra Trostel

Francesco Tristano,  Bruce Brubaker, Brandt Brauer Frick, Sinfonie Orchester Münster

Sandra Trostel

Lilli Thalgott

Sandra Trostel

Francesco Tristano, Thies Mynther

Sandra Trostel

Sandra Trostel: hello@sandratrostel.de

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