January 23, 2024

In line with the mission of Bringing Music to Life, the four individuals featured in the film, “The Last Repair Shop”, ensure that no student is deprived of the joy of music. In their words what they do is “not just instrument repair.” It prevents the unthinkable. “Students without instruments? No, no not in our city!”

It is almost as if these folks are playing our song, telling the Bringing Music to Life story. This inspiring documentary gets to the heart of what we do and why we do it.

The film is now available on the LATimes YouTube channel. Watch it here!

Read the following latimes.com article to learn more.


Presented by L.A. Times Studios and Searchlight Pictures, “The Last Repair Shop” is a documentary short film about the technicians maintaining student instruments in the L.A. Unified School District. Directed by award-winning filmmaker and musician Kris Bowers and Oscar-winning director Ben Proudfoot, the film has been nominated for best documentary short for the 2024 Academy Awards. The nominations were announced this morning via livestream from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The film introduces four characters who have dedicated themselves to look after more than 80,000 student instruments, offering the gift of music to the schoolchildren of Los Angeles.

“‘The Last Repair Shop’ is a love letter to our city. It’s a testament to understanding how broken something is — and fixing it anyway,” wrote Bowers in an introduction to the film. “And it’s a tribute to those who toil away, largely without thanks, in service of helping the next generation grow in harmony.”