Sag Harbor — Join us at The Church for a screening of The Chisels Are Calling, a profile of the world’s greatest guitar builder and living artist on permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, John Monteleone. Directed, edited, and produced by Trevor Laurence, the documentary looks beyond the technical aspects of the luthier and examines the life, passion, talent, and unique approach Monteleone takes to his art. Beginning with the self-taught master’s early interest in the craft at the age of 10, the film follows the launch of Monteleone’s career as a repairer of some of the world’s finest instruments. Creatively inspired by his family’s Italian roots, the audience will travel with Monteleone to northern Italy, as he ventures into the forests to find the perfect wood for his projects. A multifaceted artist, Monteleone is highly sought after by musicians, collectors and museums­– his guitars are known not only for their incredible sound, but also for their visually striking and innovative designs.

Featuring musical tributes and interviews with Mark Knopfler, Ben Harper, David Grisman, Julian Lage, the late Woody Mann (Producer and Music Supervisor of the film) among notable musicians and the like. Following the screening, a Q&A will be held with John Monteleone and director Trevor Laurence.                                                            John Monteleone (Photo by Vincent Ricardel)


View the trailer for The Chisels are Calling here!



John Monteleone was born in Manhattan in 1947 and was raised on Long Island. He had taught himself at an early age to build guitars and began professionally restoring and building stringed musical instruments in 1973 after graduating Tarkio College with a degree to teach music. Recognized as being one of the finest living archtop guitar and mandolin makers in the world today, John Monteleone has been at the forefront of innovative cutting-edge archtop instrument making for many years. His uniquely designed instruments are the essence of artistic expression, reflected in the subtle but challenging marriage of form and function. John Monteleone has been pushing the luthier envelope for more than forty years with his refreshing passion for new and elegant designs. Producing instruments of great tonal expression is also one of Monteleone’s missions in life. A dedication to the refined harmonic balances of tone and playability is always the central nucleus of structural foundation around which he often introduces the more interesting design accents and playful nature of his original and beautiful works. Although Monteleone offers a line of standard high-end instruments he is also well known for his one-of-a kind extravagantly individualized and prized custom works of playable musical art.



Trevor Laurence is a New York based documentary film director, producer, and editor. His award-winning work includes Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (2010) (producer, editor), Harlem Street Singer (2013) (co-director, producer, co-editor), Saving Jamaica Bay, narrated by Susan Sarandon (2016) (co-producer, editor) and Crashing the Party, with Bill Clinton (2016) (co-producer, editor).

In addition to winning many festival awards, his films have enjoyed lengthy theatrical runs and have been broadcast and distributed widely online.



Producer partner and Music Director

Woody Mann received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform with blues icons Son House, Bukka White and legendary guitarist John Fahey while studying at the Juilliard School in New York City. Following school, Mann pursued a rich and diverse career performing throughout the world at major music festivals, recording extensively, co-founding International Guitar Seminars and the production company Acoustic Sessions, and schooling countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs, including “ “The Art of Blues” DVD series, “The Complete Robert Johnson”, “The Blues Fakebook”, and “Lisboa – the Guitar of Woody Mann,” a collection of his original compositions. Acknowledging his artistry, the famed C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the recent release of the “Woody Mann” signature model guitar. Woody taught a residency at Berklee College of Music. Sadly, Mann passed away in January of this year, he will always be­­ remembered as one of the world’s most renowned guitarists with his own contemporary improvisational style.


Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is a 501c-3 not-for-profit organization encompassing an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik founded The Church in 2018 and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.

For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org


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Sag Harbor, NY 11963



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