“My Brother” is Tony Lover’s moving story of the struggle two brothers, James and Isaiah, whose lives were cast into turmoil by the untimely death of their mother, played in flashbacks by Vanessa Williams. My score, for orchestra, was singled out in the NY Times review by Matt Zoller Seitz, who said that despite the film’s narrative problems, that its weaknesses were overcome, in part, by my “moving” orchestral score.
Here is “A Secret of the Heart” from that score:
“Trifles” TRIFLES was director Jonathan Donald’s film based on “The Hanging Bed,” a 1915 stage play by Susan Glaspell considered to be an example of early feminist writing. The film, produced for PBS, had a fantastic cast, including Brian Delate as a menacing and abusive husband along with Obie and Tony Award winning actors Marian Seldes, Maryann Plunkett and Mia Dillon and Victor Garber. My score (one of my first for film) was for chamber ensemble with electronics.
Main title music from “Trifles”:
“Easter Egg Adventure” was John Michael Williams animated feature film based upon his book for children. The cast featured Eli Wallach, James Woods, Joe Pantoliano, Brooke Shields and Sandra Bernhard. My score was for orchestra and a choir of 20 bass voices. The music won the “Best Score” award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival.
Here is a cue from the score for orchestra and choir of bass voices:
“Ghostlight” was Christopher Herrmann’s homage to the great choreographer, Martha Graham. The film, which starred Debbie Harry, Anne Magnuson, choreographer, Mark Morris, the Martha Graham Dance company and, in an odd twist, cross-dressing Richard Move in the role of Martha Graham. The score, for two symphony orchestras, was ballet music. The film included several dance sequences featuring the Martha Graham Company. It was my task to post-score the dance.
Here is “The Ecstasy of St Teresa;” ballet music from my score for “Ghostlight”:
“Hunger” is Stephen Hentges horror film which tells the story of a group of innocent people abducted and imprisoned by a maniac and driven, through torture, to cannibalism. Yes, it’s a light-hearted romp – conceived and directed by the crew that had created “My Brother”. When they called me for this, I figured, “why not?” My score, for electronics and voices, is dissonant and textural.
And here is “Monsters and Savages!” from “Hunger:”