SHARYN C. BLUMENTHAL, Director/Writer received her MFA Temple University where she mentored with veteran documentary filmmaker Basil Wright. After film school she edited, wrote and produced over thirty mini-documentaries for ABC TV. Award winning documentaries include: "Pearl's Garden,"(Chicago Festival, Women In The Directing Chair) "Silverman", funded by two Ohio Individual Artist Grants, "Toward Stillness" (PBS), "Rock and Hawk" California Council of the Humanities funded film on the poet Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una. Blumenthal went on to study filmmaking at the American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Her body of work includes, most recently the indie feature film "Take Two" starring Joyce Hyser, Albie Selznick, Jayne Amelia Larson and "Walking To Waldheim", starring Emmy Award Winning Actress Doris Roberts. Waldheim screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and was a finalist at the Hollywood Film Festival. Also in her list of credits is the Cine Eagle Award winning film, "The Poet's Wife", selected to represent the US in foreign film festivals. Blumenthal has recently written and directed three films for a Showtime anthology series: "As Always, Madelaine", "Woman On A Train" and "The Photographer". Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in the "American Cinematographer", "The LA Times," "The LA Weekly", and the "Journal of the University Film & Video Association." Blumenthal is Chair of the Film & Electronic Arts Department at Cal State University, Long Beach.

EDITH HIRSHTAL, Co-Creative Collaborator, Music Supervisor. Professor Edith Hirshtal is the subject and inspiration for this film. The New York Times hailed Edith Hirshtal as "a pianist with something to say, and that alone makes her preferable to the majority of pianists today…" describing her as "playing with heart, rich color and drama." Daniel Cariaga (The Los Angeles Times) called her "a strong addition to the Southern California musical community," and a "pianist of apparently eclectic tastes and commanding resources." Hirshtal studied with Harvey Wedeen at Temple University, Adele Marcus of the Julliard School, and then with Leon Fleisher of Peabody Conservatory, where she was awarded an Artist Diploma. As soloist, accompanist or chamber musician, Hirshtal has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Academy of Music in (Philadelphia) and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared with principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Metropolitan Opera Company, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Sequoia Quartet. As a concerto soloist, she has been featured soloist with orchestras including The Woman's Philharmonic of San Francisco lead by Maestra Jo Ann Falleta. Hirshtal has recently retired as Professor of Piano at California State University Long Beach. Her students have gone on to graduate studies at Juilliard, USC, Manhatten School of Music. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Oasis of Long Beach, a Chamber Ensemble. Her artistic contributions have earned her entry in the Marquis Who's Who in America, the Millennium Edition and The International Directory of Who's Who of Classical Musicians, the Millennium Edition.