TALENT HAS HUNGER is an inspiring documentary about the power of music to consume, enhance and propel lives. Taped over seven years, the film offers a window into the relationship between artist and teacher, inviting viewers into master cello instructor Paul Katzs New England Conservatory of Music studio as his gifted students come for their lessons. Katz, who works with students ranging from a 10-year-old child prodigy to college-aged music majors, uses an array of approaches and tools gleaned... [see more] from his 50 years of teaching and performing to nurture the natural talents of his pupils. His goal is to give students full expressive access to the music within themselves. The program reveals both the physical dexterity the students need to master technical skills, and the expertise Katz needs as a teacher to manage tender young egos, making them feel safe, emotionally open and confident enough to walk on stage and play their instrument at the highest artistic level. Katz, an experienced cellist who spent 26 years touring the world with the Cleveland Quartet, is uniquely able to assist his young pupils with the anxiety that comes along with performing. The effortless onstage persona is not an innate characteristic, but a confidence curated from years of training, and the devoted relationship between a mentor and their student. By the end of the film, it is evident that the study of music is a metaphor for the mastery of virtually any human endeavor, and that talent is earned through discipline and passion.