A great film score can hit you over the head, punch you in the gut or creep up on you, inching up your neck. Sometimes, the score makes the scene. Think of the bicycle flying through the sky in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” John Williams’ music so integral to the moment that Steven Spielberg cut the film to fit the orchestra track. Or Adam Sandler tap dancing, to spastic rhythms, in the supermarket aisle in “Punch-Drunk Love.” This week the Minnesota Orchestra launches a new season of movie-music pairings with its live performance of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” (Which, it so happens, is one of conductor Sarah Hicks’ favorite scores. Read on.) Across the nation, orchestras are luring new listeners with live renditions of classic and popular movie scores. Sales of live music and film concerts have skyrocketed thanks to the ever-expanding set of movie titles available to orchestras, a Minnesota Orchestra spokeswoman said. … [Read more...] about 8 Minnesota music lovers reveal favorite movie scores, soundtracks
A short film created by University of Chichester students for their final-year dissertations has been awarded a major accolade at an international festival. Horror-thriller Red River won best short film for its bold plotline of a concentration camp escapee’s pursuit of a former Nazi soldier.The short, which is just 11 minutes in length, received the accolade at the Eclipse international film festival at Pasadena in California.Writer and producer Tim Wickens, from the BA (hons) in digital film production and screenwriting degree at Chichester, said the accolade was a reward for the dedication of the student team: “We were surprised to win as we had a relatively-small budget but it is gratifying to know that you can achieve anything with hard work.“The film poses questions about choice and morality and the decisions of a survivor who mercilessly pursues the Nazi soldier who stole the last remaining photo of her daughter.”The production, which also received a … [Read more...] about University of Chichester students enjoy film success!
At the center of “Soul Doctor” are two musical artists whose work crossed cultures, continents and genres: the German-born “Singing Rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach and the American jazz great Nina Simone.The same might be said of the people playing those two in the latest iteration of the stage musical: the American theater artist Josh Young and the singer-actor Ester Rada, an Israeli of Ethiopian descent.Young and Rada top the cast of a “Soul Doctor” production that launches in San Diego next week, before touring to Los Angeles and Jerusalem. The show is a follow-up to the short-lived 2013 Broadway staging that starred former San Diegan Eric Anderson.In real life, Carlebach — influenced by American folk-rock and the counterculture explosion of the 1960s — became a major figure in contemporary Jewish religious music. And while the extent of his friendship with Simone is a matter of debate, it seems certain he was likewise inspired by her … [Read more...] about ‘Soul Doctor’ stars bring diverse backgrounds, experience to musical roles
For the characters at its center, “American Mariachi” is a story of people defying bias and cultural expectations in pursuit of a dream.For the five women portraying those characters, it has been in part a story of defying odds as to just how quickly one can learn a musical instrument well enough not to go splat in front of a live audience.“None of us knew how to play the instruments we're playing at the beginning of this process,” says Jennifer Paredes, who plays Lucha in José Cruz González’s world-premiere play at the Old Globe. “So that was kind of terrifying!“There was a lot of ‘faking it until you make it’ going on. But we started really bonding — we spent our days off together, (and now) we just love each other so much.“And I think we've really encouraged each other to step up in a lot of ways — not just with the instruments but also with our own personal journeys. That has been one of the most … [Read more...] about Old Globe’s ‘American Mariachi’ gives women a voice in a musical tradition
David Crosby was in talks with BMG for his next studio album about a year ago, when his manager told the record label they were working on an unusual project: an intimate documentary about the folk rock hero. Better yet, “Almost Famous” filmmaker Cameron Crowe was already involved.Though not a typical Hollywood financier, BMG jumped at the chance to produce and fund the movie. Executives thought the life story of Crosby, 76 — an outspoken political activist who has enjoyed a late-career creative resurgence — would make for a compelling big-screen experience.“They declared their love and support of David and they showed that they don’t want to mess around,” Crowe, the documentary’s producer, said of BMG. “It’s like working with someone who’s got a lack of fear and a large quantity of love of music and cinema.”The music industry — finally enjoying a comeback thanks to streaming services Spotify and Apple Music … [Read more...] about With documentaries on David Crosby and Joan Jett, music company BMG is pushing into the film business