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About the Film

THE INSTRUMENT is a narrative feature film about seven students who inherit the instrument-building workshop of their enigmatic mentor and must undergo a collective rite of passage based on the spiritual components of music.

In order to fully claim their inheritance, the students must live together for one month, and participate in these seven diverse musical rituals. Throughout their journey, the students rely on the meditative practices taught by their mentor — namely, the power of Silence — and they use this spiritual practice to guide them through the collective rite of passage. But when the rituals take a dark turn, the workshop becomes a magnifying glass for the fantasies and anxieties hidden in the human mind.

LA Weekly has called THE INSTRUMENT, "Damn near unclassifiable...a potent draft of vicarious pleasure," and Variety called it "Slyly ambitious...a series of music-based rites that become increasingly compelling to watch."

Featuring an eclectic original score ranging from orchestral to electronic music, and all points in between, THE INSTRUMENT stands as a narrative portrait of musical meditation — the spiritual power of Sound and of Silence.


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The Filmmakers

Learn about writer/director Adam Nemett and the full cast and crew.  

Music of The Instrument

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Making The Instrument

Genesis of the film, creating a creator and other production notes...

Behind the Scenes