East Los Angeles lies in the crossfire of debate about American identity—this is home to the largest Latino immigrant population in the U.S. Yet 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.
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 CNN – Watch on Amazon
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.
The score’s live ensemble orchestra captures the mischief and playfulness of Lazenby’s tales.
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 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.