In the early 1900s, a wealthy alchemist, Jacques St. Germaine, travels to New Orleans to seek help from the legendary voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. When a spate of murders are uncovered, Jacques and the quarreling locals butt heads as they try to discover the identity of the killer. Featuring a cast of characters pulled from actual police reports, Dinner with the Alchemist weaves historical fact and imaginative storytelling into a mysterious supernatural drama.

John’s score uses elegant string quartet, fragile harp, relentlessness percussion, and dark sound design to depict Jacques St. Germaine’s elite sophistication and primeval secrets. Repeated arpeggios, tetrachords, and simplistic melodies reinforce the unseen primitive forces that drive the story to its explosive climax.

Pontiac Angel

When a stuck-in-his-ways insurance adjuster who is trying to change his life meets a young woman in an abusive relationship, they experience a night that will change their lives forever.

John’s score brings an indie sensibility that captures simple, honest connections that change how you see everything. The all-acoustic production lays bare the dreams and fears of the characters in their Central Valley setting.

Until 20

When James Ragan was 13, he received the devastating news that he had a rare childhood cancer. What he did after he heard that news is the basis of Until 20.

In his own voice, James shares the story of his deliberate quest to live a life worth living and make a meaningful difference in the struggle against rare childhood cancers before his own time runs out.

This feature-length documentary chronicles James’s life after diagnosis, as he grows from a promising young athlete and ambitious student blindsided by disease, into a passionate and caring advocate. James shows us that you don’t have to be exceptionally talented at anything to have a quality life – just grit, passion, and focused purpose.

John’s ensemble of guitars, pianos, and celeste play quiet, steady rhythms, unfolding slowly, leaving room for the viewer to observe the exceptional grace of James and his family.

The Short Game

The Short Game follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.

Directed by Josh Greenbaum, The Short Game premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2013.

John composed 10 cues Additional Music for the film, including “This is Life” and the vocal track “I Don’t Break” (featuring Allison Iraheta of Halo Circus and co-written with her and Matthew Hager).

No Place On Earth

No Place On Earth tells the harrowing story of how in October 1942, Esther Stermer, along with some family members and a group of other families, seek asylum underground to evade being caught by pursuing Nazis. Their story is unearthed when cave explorer Chris Nicola stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers.

Directed by Janet Tobias, the film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

No Place On Earth’s acclaimed score is available on Varese Sarabande.

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