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Every week, Kristopher Pollard from Milwaukee Film and Radio Milwaukee’s Dori Zori talk about movies — because that’s what you do when you’re Cinebuds.

On this episode, Kpolly and Dori keep things short. I'm not talking about the length of the podcast, but rather the absolute wave of joy that serves as the center of their discussion: acclaimed documentary short film The Last Repair Shop.

There's a very good reason why the pod is just a touch longer than average. Joining our hosts is one of the directors of the film, Ben Proudfoot. An Oscar winner for his 2021 documentary, The Queen of Basketball, Proudfoot and directing partner Kris Bowers have brought some much-needed positivity to the world with The Last Repair Shop — the 100% true story of the last major workshop responsible for repairing student instruments.

The film introduces you to the master craftspeople who lovingly bring these musical tools back to life and the profound impact it has on them, as well as the students who use them. In our interview, Proudfoot talks about the four-year journey required to share this story with the world, the Wisconsin connection to this project and how the directing duo convinced a VERY reluctant repair shop stuff to get on board.

You can listen to the full conversation using the player at the top of the page, check out The Last Repair Shop trailer below and watch the entire short film right now for free on YouTube.

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