Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Upcoming Film Events: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Fargo, Mankato


Short films featuring my sound design and/ or original music screen across the nation this week, from L.A. to Fargo to two Minnesota cities. Here are some details on where and when:

FARGO FILM FESTIVAL



Matthew Anderson's short romantic comedy "The Caper" screens at the 2016 Fargo Film Festival, featuring an original musical score by yours truly. Consult the link above for details.

"The Caper" premiered at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Festival, where it received an Honorable Mention for the Audience Award. Here's a highlight reel of my original score:



Here's a playlist of my music featured in the film:



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Z-FEST (MINNEAPOLIS)



As advertised, both of the short films I worked on as part of the Twin Cities' Z-Fest have earned nominations not only for Best Audio/ Sound Design, but also Best of Fest (as well as other awards). The Best of Fest Screening and Awards Gala happens this coming Thursday March 17th at Mall of America Theatres (screening) and Radisson Blu ballroom (awards). more info

Some details on films featuring my work at Z-Fest:

10 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN IN THE FIRST YEAR OF BEING A DAD
Director: Josh Stifter
My Role: Composer/ Sound Designer/ Re-Recording Mixer/ Voice Actor



A short animation by Flush Studios' Josh Stifter, this piece takes a lighthearted look at the early days of fatherhood. I provided an original musical score rooted in music box melodies and pedal steel voicings; the latter undulate to accompany each number as it appears. I also assembled sound design that's heavy on the squishes and squirts appropriate to the subject matter. And I performed the narration voiceover too!

PERSONAL SPACE
Director: Andrew Hunt
My Role: Sound Designer/ Re-Recording Mixer



"Personal Space" is a tense thriller directed by Andrew Hunt. I conjured lots of squeaks, creaks, fumbles and scuffs within the sound design to heighten the mood. This film reunites much of the team that brought about last year's Z-Fest champ "Clean Cut", with some nice new additions; Nathaniel Levisay's taut score, for example, was a real pleasure to work with.

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ARBOREALITY: ECHO PARK FILM CENTER (LOS ANGELES)



"Deux Champs", an experimental documentary short by Kevin Obsatz featuring my sound design and original musical score, screens as part of Arboreality, a program of experimental cinema shown at Los Angeles' Echo Park Film Center this coming Saturday, March 19th at 8 PM. Click the preceding link for more info.

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SPEECHLESS FILM FESTIVAL (MANKATO, MN)



And last but certainly not least, Josh Stifter's "10 Things You'll Learn In The First Year of Being A Dad" (see Z-Fest listings above) will also screen this weekend at Speechless Film Festival in Mankato, MN, an intriguing event that promises "visual (but not silent) storytelling".

Thanks to all the collaborators and festival volunteers for helping bring this work to an audience! Much appreciated.

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More sound + music by Mike Hallenbeck for animation

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