Letterman-Produced Documentary Maestra Headed to Theaters

David Letterman is behind a lauded new documentary set to hit theaters later this month.

Set against the backdrop of the male-dominated world of orchestral conducting, Maestra documents five women from across the globe competing in “La Maestra,” the world’s only competition for female conductors.

As Maestra director Maggie Contreras pointed out to The New York Times last year, the production of the film itself serves as further example of what can be done to lift up women’s voices. Our film is a microcosm of what society needs to be,” she told the paper. “Throughout the process of making this film, men in privileged positions said: ‘Hey, you should do this.’”

Letterman was one of these people, offering to co-produce the film under his Worldwide Pants banner.

“David Letterman gave us our first amount of money,” Contreras told the Times last year. “He happens to be a classical music fan who wants to use his money to make things that are good for the world.”

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The film premiered in competition at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival (with Letterman in attendance), but now the doc is getting a theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles.

Maestra opens May 24th at NYC’s Angelika Film Center, and June 7 at Laemmle’s Royal Theater in LA.

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