The Soloist


1h 57m 2009

Brief Synopsis

Columnist Steve Lopez is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can't entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles' Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedra

Film Details

Also Known As
El Solista, Imagining Beethoven, Solista, Soloist
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/PARAMOUNT PICTURES/PARAMOUNT PICTURES INTERNATIONAL (PPI)/UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

Columnist Steve Lopez is at a dead end. The newspaper business is in an uproar, his marriage to a fellow journalist has fallen apart and he can't entirely remember what he loved about his job in the first place. Then, one day, while walking through Los Angeles' Skid Row, he sees the mysterious bedraggled figure Nathaniel Ayers, pouring his soul into a two-stringed violin. At first, Lopez approaches Ayers as just another story idea in a city of millions. But as he begins to unearth the mystery of how this alternately brilliant and distracted street musician, once a dynamic prodigy headed for fame, wound up living in tunnels and doorways, it sparks an unexpected quest. Imagining he can change Ayers' life, Lopez embarks on a quixotic mission to get him off the streets and back to the world of music. But even as he fights to save Ayers' life, he begins to see that it is Ayers - with his unsinkable passion, his freedom-loving obstinacy and his valiant attempts at connection and love - who is profoundly changing Lopez.

Crew

Tom Altobello

Assistant Property Master

H. Leah Amir

Craft Service

Kokayi Ampah

Location Manager

Craig Anthony

Costumer

Ronald Antwine

Assistant Location Manager

Michael Atwell

Music Engineer

Dustin Ault

Grip

Herb Ault

Grip

Maryellen Aviano-roberts

Casting

Russell Ayer

Electrician

Nat Ayers

Consultant

Jennifer Ayers-moore

Consultant

Paul Babin

Camera Operator

Paul Babin

Director Of Photography

Brook Bacon

On-Set Dresser

Vivian Baker

Makeup

Daniel W. Barringer

Stunts

Christopher Barron

Sound

Eric Bautista

Sound

Steve Beimler

Assistant Location Manager

Luis Benavides

Grip

Craig Berkey

Supervising Sound Editor

Craig Berkey

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Greg Berry

Art Director

Rikki Lea Bestall

Coproducer

Tim Bevan

Executive Producer

George Billinger Iii

Steadicam Operator

Chino Binamo

Stunts

Andrew Birdzell

Set Designer

Donald T Black

Special Effects Technician

Deborah 'cha' Blevins

Costume Supervisor

John Bocchicchio

Medic

Tim Booth

Music Engineer

Max Bozeman

On-Set Dresser

Dave Brown

Stand-In

Francie Brown

Dialect Coach

Leah Brown

Costumer

Tim Burby

Sound Editor

P J Burch

Assistant Editor

David Burk

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Joanna Bush

Illustrator

Matthew Butcher

Driver

Stephen Byrne

Film Lab

Denny Caira

Transportation Coordinator

Abigail Callahan

Post-Production Supervisor

Barbara Cantu

Hair

Krista Carpenter

Assistant

Trevor Carroll-coe

Loader

Jerry Carville

Accountant

Gloria Pasqua Casny

Hair

Chris Castaldi

Assistant Director

Alexander J Castillo

Electrician

Dominick Certo

Music Editor

Clete Cetrone

Foreman

Karen K Chang

Transportation

Michael J Chang

Transportation

Elizabeth Chodar

Casting Assistant

Gary Christie

Grip

Timothy S. Christie

Dolly Grip

Vincent Cirilli

Music Engineer

Bill Coe

Photography

Adam Cole

Post-Production Coordinator

Elisa Ann Conant

Assistant Location Manager

Andrew Cook

Instructor

Digby Cottrell

On-Set Dresser

John Countryman

Sound

Andrew Crankshaw

Production Assistant

Iraina Crenshaw

Hair Stylist

John T. Cypert

Stunts

Pamella D'pella

Assistant Location Manager

Caroline Dale

Instructor

Sean Daly

Scenic Artist

Josephine Davies

Associate Producer

Eugene Davis

Assistant Director

R. Michael De Chellis

Rigging Electrician

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Julian De La Pena

Electrician

Shannon Deats

Grip

David Deleon

Makeup

Fred Deyoe

Props

Dhamarata G. Dhiensuwana

Rigging Grip

Deidra Dixon

Hair Stylist

Karan Doherty

Costumer

Sierra D Donley

Production Assistant

Chloe Dorigan

Assistant

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting Associate

Mitch Dubin

Camera Operator

Francois Duhamel

Photography

Cristina Duncan

Accounting Assistant

Jacqueline Durran

Costume Designer

Jenny Eagan

Costumer

Lou Economides

Construction

Diana Edgmon

Costumer

Gregg Elam

Stunts

Kofi W. Elam

Stunts

Todd Ellis

Property Master

Sean England

Foley Mixer

Blake Fabian

Production Secretary

Leslee Feldman

Casting

Eric Fellner

Executive Producer

Scott Fernandez

Assistant

Michael Patrick Finnegan

Construction

Greg Fitzpatrick

Stunts

Liz Flush

Dailies

Doug Ford

Sound Engineer

Gary Foster

Producer

Donald L. Frazee

Special Effects Coordinator

David J Frederick

Steadicam Operator

Ivan Fritz

Sound Editor

Kelcey Fry

Makeup

Jonathan Fuh

Boom Operator

Jose Antonio Garcia

Sound Mixer

Pascal Garneau

Foley Editor

Jason Gary

Grip

Mickey Giacomazzi

Stunt Coordinator

Karen E Gilbert

Assistant Location Manager

John J Giuliano

Props

Dr. Rick Glassman

Special Effects

Nathan Godley

Assistant Editor

Hitomi Golba

Hair

Jana Lynn Gold

Assistant Editor

Oscar Gomez

Rigging Grip

Erica Gonzales

Accounting Assistant

Rene Gonzalez

Projectionist

Rhona Gordon

Instructor

Shaun Gordon

Post-Production Coordinator

Allan Graf

Stunts

Laura Graham

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Mark Graham

Music

Sean Graham

Stunts

Dale Grahn

Color Timer

Susannah Grant

Screenplay

Jonathan Greber

Sound

Sarah Greenwood

Production Designer

Lauren Grey

Casting Associate

Allison Gross

Props

Angela Gurule

Hair

Matthew Haggerty

Production Assistant

Michael Haight

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Howard W Hammerman

Sound Engineer

Deborah Harding

Post-Production Supervisor

Chris Harhoff

Steadicam Operator

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Danny Harris

Production Assistant

Joanne Harris

Hair

Willie Haspel

Foreman

Eric Heffron

Coproducer

Eric Heffron

Assistant Director

Brigitte Hennech

Makeup

Lauren Henry

Animal Services

Gloria Hernandez

Accountant

Ellen Heuer

Foley Artist

Hollis Hill

Stunts

Laura Hill

Makeup

Jay M Hirsch

Welder

Ben Hong

Music

Ben Hong

Advisor

Brady Hood

Editorial Production Assistant

Brianna Hoskins

Assistant

John W Hoskins

Construction Coordinator

Michelle Hulan

Production Assistant

Kevin Lamont Jackson

Stunts

Kent Jones

Painter

Thomas Ahlo Kelii

Electrician

Brooke Knaack

Production Assistant

Miia Kovero

Hair

Hannah Kozak

Stunts

Russ Krasnoff

Producer

Thom Lairson

Photography

Robert Lambert

Foreman

Mark Landon

Makeup

Cammy Langer

Hair

Corrine Larson

Costumer

Scott Leslie

On-Set Dresser

Courtney Lether

Production Assistant

Curtis Lindersmith

Film Lab

Scott Lingard

Special Effects Foreman

Lalette Littlejohn

Makeup Artist

Janet Lonsdale

Production Accountant

Steve Lopez

Source Material

Steve Lopez

Consultant

Yvan Lucas

Colorist

Eric J Luling

On-Set Dresser

Roger Lundeen

Set Designer

Michael Lyle

Foley Artist

Jalil Lynch

Stunts

Francine Maisler

Casting Director

Christine Mammolito

Assistant

John Mang

Dolly Grip

Dario Marianelli

Original Music

Zach Martin

Sound Mixer

Ron Mason

Assistant Art Director

Robert Maverick

Makeup

Robert Mazaraki

Production Coordinator

Seamus Mcgarvey

Director Of Photography

Kerry Lyn Mckissick

Script Supervisor

Robert A. Mcmahan

Photography

Robin E Mcmullan

Costumer

Myke Michaels

Makeup

Film Details

Also Known As
El Solista, Imagining Beethoven, Solista, Soloist
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2009
Distribution Company
AMBLIN PARTNERS/PARAMOUNT PICTURES/PARAMOUNT PICTURES INTERNATIONAL (PPI)/UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 24, 2009

Released in United States on Video August 4, 2009

Based on the book "The Soloist" by Steve Lopez, published by Putnam Adult April 17, 2008, inspired by the his 12-part series of articles "From Skid Row to Disney Hall" published by The Los Angeles Times April 17, 2005-December 18, 2005.

Dreamworks additionally optioned the life rights to Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers.

Released in United States Spring April 24, 2009

Released in United States on Video August 4, 2009