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“A marvelous musical journey..fascinating glimpses..a tantalizing trip.”
popcultureclassics.com

“An exciting exploration, a transfixing story.”
Symphony Space (NYC)


“A film the likes of which you’ve never quite seen before, a string theory of heart and mind.”
Mark Tucker, Veritas Vampirus
 

“Beautiful music, scenery, stories and insights.”
WilmFilm Int'l Film Festival

"A strong documentary…an engaging, informative and personal journey. Bravo!"
New Haven Int'l Film Festival
 

“...Enthusiastically received by folks interested in world music and the creative impulse.”
Hartland (VT) Jazz Festival

 

“A fascinating global percussion journey.”
Audiophile Audition

 

“Wonderful and inspiring."
Dr. Paul Buyer, Clemson Univ

 

“Great film! Looks and sounds fantastic.”
Dr. Jeff Moore, Univ Central Florida

 

“..the possibility of teamwork in life through music. Bravo to everyone!”
Marvin Sparks, Lone Star College-Kingwood

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“This is a marvelous musical journey. Fascinating glimpses into the variety of traditional instruments, how they’re played and how they’re made. Engaging concert performances, interviews with acclaimed musicians…a tantalizing trip.” popcultureclassics.com

"A strong documentary which speaks of one man's passion combined with his experiences traveling the globe to seek out the various cultures from which his love for music originated. From Africa to Norway to Mexico and everywhere in between, he took the audience (a sold-out house) on an engaging, informative and personal journey. Bravo!" New Haven (CT) Int'l Film Festival
 

“It is always a rarity to find a compelling documentary long subject about an element of culture. Straddling many spots on the globe, personal narrative, and musical expertise, Talking Sticks  is an exciting exploration of something simple – the marimba – and how many stories can emanate from the phenomenon of human beings creating and communicating through artistic expression.  Ultimately, it is a transfixing story of the histories inherent in a single instrument. I certainly recommend it to any audience eager to be engaged by the arts.”
Ben Feldman, Symphony Space (NYC) Advisory Board


"Beautiful music, scenery, stories and insights. A film for the music aficionado, traveler and memoir lover."  WilmFilm Int'l Film Festival

"Congratulations! Talking Sticks is wonderful and inspiring." Dr. Paul Buyer, Clemson Univ

"WOW, what a great film and project! Looks and sounds fantastic. So informative with such a great message, and is also very enjoyable to watch. The filmmakers must be very proud." Dr. Jeff Moore, Univ Central Florida
 

"...Enthusiastically received by folks interested in world music and the creative impulse. It is not only educational but also funny and moving, and should appeal to any audience of music lovers." Hartland (VT) Jazz Festival
 

“A fascinating global percussion journey. Lipner is searching for deeper personal connections with various cultures and creativity thru his music, and is obviously nuts for mallet instruments – and I wasn’t aware there were so many of them. This is a wonderful documentary.. It should appeal to more than just the aficionados of music, should inculcate a greater appreciation of all mallet instruments in all genres of music.” Audiophile Audition

"Our library has acquired Talking Sticks I look forward to the many opportunities to share it with students in ALL fields of study to see the possibility of teamwork in life through music. Bravo to everyone involved in this great project!" Marvin Sparks, Lone Star College-Kingwood

“A film the likes of which you’ve never quite seen before. Moves quickly and covers much ground, never pretentious, always populist, moving between the soul of music, the soul of the people, and the soul of wood and metal, a string theory of heart and mind. Mr. Lipner has become - partly by default, the lion’s age of times past having faded on us all, but mostly through superior skills, imagination, and a true artist’s dedication - the ambassador of the xylophone family. I cannot say whether his work will carry the sprawling instruments to their deserved next plateau, but if anyone can, he’ll be the guy.” Mark Tucker, Veritas Vampirus