Short docustyle piece about Piano Push Play's public pianos in Portland OR. Directed, shot, and edited by Alex Thornburg, with piano revamping timelapse footage courtesy of ZGF Architects and Cassandra Swan.

Every summer Piano. Push. Play. rescues pianos on their way to the dump and gives them to local artists to turn into new works of interactive art. In 2016 we saved 20! pianos from the landfill and placed them all over the streets, parks and special places of Portland.

Art and culture is part of Portland's soul, as well as those of the city's residents. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this aspect of Portland. Enter Piano Push Play, which puts pianos on the city streets every summer. Please Play Me tells the story of this initiative and the positive ways it affects everyone who encounters it Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Pilar Curtis (Virginia Commonwealth University, class of 2017) and Dylan Walker (St. Olaf College, class of 2018).

Akila Fields plays a piano designed by Cassandra Frances at the Portland Apple Store as part of the Piano. Push. Play. public art project. Videography by Simon Kirsch. 

Clouds up on Council Crest didn't stop people from serenading their friends. Thanks to everyone who covered the piano during the intermittent drizzles and uncovered it to play in the sunshine!

A 2016 Piano. Push. Play! Piano in the Making: 
Cassandra Frances creating the lovely Diana

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