The Classic

Every November, East L.A. hosts a distinctly American event, when one of the country’s fiercest high school football rivalry games draws more than 25,000 proud locals.

The Classic follows the lives of four students seeking glory on the field, while making sense of their community’s vital place in today’s America. Premiered at the LA Film Festival in June 2017, the film’s guitar-layered score tracks the highs and lows of East L.A. high school life on the field – and off.

Unseen Enemy

Premiered on CNN on World Health Day, 2017, Unseen Enemy addresses why we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once outbreaks but have become full-blown epidemics.

The film spans the globe amidst three outbreaks – Ebola, Influenza, and Zika – and shows how our interconnected cities hyper-accelerate the spread of viruses.

The score’s relentless percussion and gritty synth pulses mirror the natural and tech worlds, stressing the urgency of the doctors and scientists seen fighting to save lives. Read more at CNNWatch on Amazon

Too Funny To Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show

In 1996, Dana Carvey and other great comedy talents – including Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, and Robert Smigel – premiered a sketch comedy show on ABC Primetime that imploded in 7 weeks.

For this Hulu behind-the-scenes story, the film called for putting the Dana Carvey Show clips in the context of the naiveté and silliness of comic creators who were given free reign to drive their show right over a cliff. The comedy clips are of course perfectly funny by themselves, but in context of the impending calamity adds an edge.

The score is based on a live ensemble (much like a good sketch comedy night) and skips across styles. “Fearless Idiots” is a pirates’ drinking song, “Bits on a Napkin” backgrounds Carvey’s early career with what could be a TV sitcom from the era. “Such an SNL Nerd” uses accordion to evoke the nostalgia of SNL’s original cast, while “Steve and Stephen” uses bossa nova and a tricky pizzicato line to capture butterflies-in-the-stomach excitement of auditioning for that big break.

At the end of the playlist, “Nothing in the Snack Drawer” uses an unaccompanied melody line to capture the disappointment of the cancellation. It was only a TV show, but it was still a setback for everyone involved. The key with a cue like this is to feel the mood without pressing the mood.

Becoming Bond

A unique Hulu documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.

That Moment When

That Moment When is an interactive comedy series by Eko.

Jill is a hot mess. It’s up to YOU to navigate through a series of awkward moments that either leave her somewhat dignified or even hot-messier. Starring Milana Vayntrub, and created by Sandeep Parikh.

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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