Life on Jupiter: The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician
Premieres and Festivals



This passionate musical documentary has already earned:

  • 2002 Emmy Award for Programming about the Arts

  • Best Documentary Film Award at the 22nd Annual
    Breckenridge Festival of Film

  • Directors Guild of America's Nomination for Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Opening Night Presentation

  • Chris Statuette Award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.

  • Thunderbird International Film Festival Best Picture, Best Sound/Music, and Lisa Palattella, Editor, won the
    Karl Malden Award for excellence, ingenuity, and dedication to the project.

  • Best Musical Film AwardTiburon International Film Festival

  • The BAC 36th International Film and Video Festival screening
    at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan.

  • The International Film Festival of Fine Arts screening in Szolnok, Hungary

  • Empire State Film Festival &
    Rhode Island International Film Festival &
    Sedona International Film Festival screenings.

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The premiere screening of LIFE ON JUPITER: The Story of Jens Nygaard was a great success! At 6:15 pm on April 9, 2001, the doors of the Good Shepherd Church were opened to dozens of people pressing to enter the church which had been turned into a large screen video theater flanked with high-end stereo speakers. A standing room only crowd gathered within a few minutes, and they were treated first to a piano solo performance by Jung Lin who merited every moment of the enthusiastic applause. Martin Spinelli then introduced the documentary and Jens Nygaard, Martin Spinelli, Producer and Directorthe great conductor  and musician whose life is shown in this program. LIFE ON JUPITER is also a musical journey that highlights many performances by Jens and his Jupiter Symphony.

In the opening line of the documentary, Jens says, "I think if Zeus came to life right now, this would be Beethoven. Big, and muscular and crude. Uncivilized and wondrous and idealistic and with mud on his boots." And Zeus responded on that premiere night by sending thunder and lightning bolts just as Jens began rehearsing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The stained glass windows of the church lit up with the brilliant flashes of light, and the audience felt the full force of the Fifth as torrential rains and thunderclaps pounded just outside.

At the end of the film, Jens performs his much-loved  interpretation of George  Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," followed by the rousing "High School Cadets March" by John Philip Sousa. The audience stood up for the credits and did not stop clapping and stomping their feet even after the last frame of credits faded to black.



 The television broadcast of "LIFE ON JUPITER" received a wonderful response!
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Opening Night Presentation of the 10th Annual
Friday, Oct. 12
Malco Theatre, Hot Springs National Park

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