"Joel Thome is no square and he has the hyperdimensional mandala compositions to prove it. Chris Pepino's "Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome" demystifies this cosmic love child of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Frank Zappa, offering sensitive insight into the work and artistic rebirth, through music therapy, of one of the more intriguing semi-underground composer-conductors of his generation."
- Richard Gehr (Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice)
"It is truly a moving story about Joel and his vision, talent and struggles--but also--a superb piece of filmmaking. The choices of where major events were presented --worked beautifully and seamlessly."
- Carole Sorell (former commissioner of cultural affairs, NYC)
"it's brilliant... (not just sayin' it cause I'm in it either!)"
- Martha Mooke (Scorchio Quartet)
"This wonderful documentary is about Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominated composer and conductor Joel Thome...
with a performance by The Scorchio Quartet, and animated mandala artwork by abstract painter Harry C. Doolittle, Inside The Perfect Circle is a feast for the senses"
Albert Nigrin (Executive Director, New Jersey Film Festival)
Honored by: The Institute For Music and Neurologic Function, NYC 2019
WINNER OF SEVERAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS INCLUDING:
BEST DOCUMENTARY: NJ Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD: Doc Miami International Film Festival
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Indie Fest, San Diego
MOST INSPIRATIONAL DOCUMENTARY (finalist): Doc Miami International Film Festival