Howlin' Wolf Records: "THE JACK IN THE BOX" music by Christoph Allerstorfer


Howlin' Wolf Records proudly presents Christoph Allerstorfer's score for THE JACK IN THE BOX. In early discussions with the composer, Director Lawrence Fowler envisioned a score in the tradition of classic horror films. THE JACK IN THE BOX was recorded in Vienna using a small ensemble of musicians, which the composer skillfully blends with modern scoring techniques, to craft a richly textured score. [http://howlinwolfrecords.com/]
 
Debut Album for composer Christoph Allerstorfer and we at Howlin' Wolf Records are proud to able to bring this score to you. On a side note this is the first release I will score an "executive producer", which is the biggest thrill for me.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Neon: "THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF"


Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls. 

With THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF, however, there were no such problems. The characters are passionate, direct, sensitive and multi-layered.  From the moment I began filming I wanted to explore the complex friendship between the painter and the thief. Two questions were the driving motor: What do we humans do to be seen and appreciated, and why do we help others? For me, film-making is about asking intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging questions through observing human behavior. I hope I have managed to raise some intriguing questions with this film, questions you will think about long after the end credits.  I have also tried to push the cinéma vérité form onto a new path, with several perspectives jumping back and forth in time, revealing new layers of the friendship throughout the whole film. I have worked hard to find a cinematic form to suit the content for each scene, that reflects the inner state of the characters. The goal of the film I think the main subject Karl-Bertil summarizes the best: “I hope the film can confront people’s stigmas and remove some stigmas from society. Maybe people can see that you can be a smart and good-hearted person even if you have some trouble.”
 

Watch the Trailer: [CLICK HERE]
 
I enjoyed this film, it's a story for all the artists out there and well go watch the trailer.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF" music by Uno Helmersson


Milan Records today releases THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer UNO HELMERSSON.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Helmersson for director Benjamin Ree’s newest documentary surrounding the relationship between artist Barbora Kysilkova and the thief who stole her paintings.  Originally making its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Painter and the Thief is now available to watch from NEON.

Of the soundtrack, composer UNO HELMERSSON says, “I am really happy with the music for The Painter and the Thief. I think that it is by all means emphasizing the uniqueness in this beautiful and unexpected story. Working with Benjamin Ree has been a true pleasure. With his enormous trust in the process of creating narration and his trust in my music, we have had a creative collaboration on my music for The Painter and the Thief. This film is truly a piece of art.”

The Painter and the Thief tells the story of a Czech artist, who, desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

About Uno Helmersson... is an award-winning Swedish composer and a multi-instrumentalist whose credits include the worldwide hit TV series The Bridge, broadcast in more than 100 territories and for which he was awarded a Golden FIPA. Awarded and nominated for his music, with over 60 composer credits on IMDB and more than 800 registered compositions on his rights society, he is among the top composers in the northern part of Europe. 2019 has been busy with working on major documentaries like On The President’s Orders, The Painter and The Thief and the Norwegian TV-series 22 Juli.

Other major credits include the Emmy winning Armadillo documentary series following a group of Danish soldiers for 6 months in Afghanistan; Magnus, about the life of Norway’s Mozart of Chess directed by Benjamin Ree for Norway’s Moskus Film; Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, additional score; Mikkei Norgaard’s The Absent One; and Zentropa’s Department Q film series. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Uno will be releasing five albums this year, some of his soundtracks and a solo album he’s been honing for the last twelve months.

Uno was born and raised at a farm in Västerbotten, in the rural parts of northern Sweden. When he was a small child, his parents took note of his talent for music and made him take organ classes in the nearest town. As a teenager, having moved to a larger town, he played in bands and came to realize that he wanted to pursue music as his profession. He studied music in upper secondary school and continued with a number of preparatory courses before being accepted into Royal College of Music in Stockholm in the fall of 2002.

During his college years, he came into contact with Johan Söderqvist, one of the most prominent composers of film music in the Nordics. After graduating, Uno started working as Söderqvist’s assistant on films like Let the Right One In, Kon-Tiki and Limbo. Their cooperation matured into a partnership that has resulted in acclaimed productions like the TV series The Bridge and Department Q I & II.


Uno got his own international breakthrough with his music for the Danish documentary Armadillo in 2010. Since then he has been frequently engaged to compose music for TV and cinema all around the world.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "SPACESHIP EARTH" music by Owen Pallett


Milan Records announces today’s release of SPACESHIP EARTH (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer, violinist, keyboardist and vocalist OWEN PALLETT.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Pallett for director Matt Wolf’s documentary film following a 1991 experiment in self-quarantine. Known for both their critically acclaimed solo recordings as well as collaborations alongside artists like Arcade Fire, Frank Ocean, The National and more, Pallett now adds Spaceship Earth to a growing resume of score work that includes their Academy Award-nominated score for Spike Jonze’s Her and their Emmy Award-winning compositions for Fourteen Actors Acting.  NEON launched Spaceship Earth everywhere on May 8.

Of the soundtrack, composer OWEN PALLETT says, "This is my second collaboration with Matt Wolf, after 2019’s Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project.  The film Spaceship Earth chronologically spans from 1960 to present day— it is serious, it is comedic, it is retro, it is futuristic, it is scientific and it is highly human.  It is also distinctly American.  As a result, I was inspired by 60s sci-fi film scores, Nino Rota, as well as American 20th century music— John Adams and Aaron Copland.”

Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially re-imagine a new world.

About Owen Pallett... is a composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist. They have released a string of critically praised solo recordings, winning the Polaris Prize in 2006. They currently release albums with Secret City Records and Domino Recording Co., and have performed as a solo performer with orchestras worldwide. Their chamber music work has been commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bang On A Can, The Barbican, among many others. They served as curator of the TSO’s New Creations Festival in 2017.

They have written string, brass and orchestral arrangements for numerous artists, including Frank Ocean, Caribou, The National, Taylor Swift, R.E.M., Pet Shop Boys and Linkin Park. They won an “Album Of The Year" GRAMMY for their work on Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. They have scored several films, and won an Emmy for their work on Solve Sundsbo’s Fourteen Actors Acting, and were nominated for an Academy Award for their work on the original score of Spike Jonze’s Her. They currently live in Toronto.

On May 22, Owen released their latest album Island, recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "Succession: Season 2" music by Nicholas Britell


WaterTower Music today announced the May 22 release of the soundtrack to season 2 of the HBO original series Succession, which features the music of Emmy® winning (Outstanding Original Main Title Theme, Succession) and Academy® Award nominated composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), which includes the official studio recording of  "L to the OG" - the track performed in the show by the character of Kendall Roy (played by Jeremy Strong).

Created by Jesse Armstrong (In The Loop), the second season of HBO's Succession (Golden Globe®, PGA and DGA winner for Best Drama Series), begins where season one dramatically left off. The season follows the Roy family as they struggle to retain control of their empire, and while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them.

Comprehensive discussions about season 2 with Succession creator Jesse Armstrong inspired composer Nicholas Britell to explore an even darker and more brooding musical tone. A tonal shift, apparent in the saga of troubled former heir apparent Kendall Roy, informed the composer’s creative approach.  “Kendall’s journey starts in a very melancholic fashion – and that was my initial inspiration,” explained the composer. “I wanted it to be like the second movement of a symphony; still connected to the first, but with a decidedly different tone, tempo and development. “I composed a new theme for this - "Rondo in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra - Kendall's Journey," which takes many forms through the second season and inhabits a sort of contemplative -- yet suitably minor-key - tone. I really wanted to make sure that the music evolved along with the Roy family's own developments.”

New themes and musical evolutions are indeed prominent in Britell’s season 2 Succession score. From the "Moderato Con Brio" and "Contredanse - Shiv's Move" to the "Intermezzo in C Minor - Money Wins" and the climactic "Concerto Grosso in C Minor - You Have to Be a Killer" which concludes the season finale. These and many additional key musical moments from season 2 are included on the soundtrack, including "Kendall's Departure - This Is Not For Tears," the Cello Quintet from Tern Haven, and of course the music from the scene "Boar On The Floor".

"L to the OG," the final track on the album, performed by the character of Kendall Roy, has also been released as a single, along with an instrumental version of the track. “Kendall's performance of this had to be something which was both incredibly cringeworthy and also really well-executed: a very difficult combination,” elaborated Nicholas Britell. “To me, Jeremy Strong’s rendition truly captured Kendall's serious efforts in creating the rap, while also perfectly balancing Succession's tone of dark absurdity.

“It was a true joy to compose the music for Succession season 2. From the very beginning of my collaboration with creator/showrunner Jesse Armstrong, he has been incredibly supportive and open to exploring the ways in which music could live within the show.”

WaterTower Music head, Jason Linn commented, “After years of admiring Nicholas’s brilliant work from afar, we’re honored to finally be collaborating on Succession. The character he has created with his remarkable and indelible score is the perfect complement to HBO’s culture defining series.”

ABOUT NICHOLAS BRITELL... Academy Award-nominated composer and pianist Nicholas Britell is known for his critically-acclaimed scores, including those for Barry Jenkins’ 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk and Jenkins’ 2017 Academy® Award Best Picture winner Moonlight. Britell received Academy® Award nominations for both those films as well as BAFTA and Critics Choice nominations for If Beale Street Could Talk. He received Golden Globe® and Critics Choice nominations as well as the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score (Dramatic Feature) for Moonlight. The year prior, he wrote the score for Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which marked the start of his collaboration with the Academy Award winning writer-director-producer. In 2018, he wrote the score for McKay’s Vice, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. For television, Britell scores HBO's Succession, for which he won the 2019 EMMY® for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score. Britell’s most recent film work is the score for Netflix’s The King, starring Timothée Chalamet. In 2019, Britell was honored by the World Soundtrack Award as the Film Composer of the Year for his scores for If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice.

Britell is a Steinway Artist and is also a Creative Associate of the Juilliard School. In December 2018, it was announced that Britell will be part of Esa-Pekka Salonen's newly formed creative collective "brain trust" as Salonen takes the reins as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. His recent public performances have included concerts at London’s Barbican Hall, the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Ravinia, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Britell’s upcoming projects include Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad series for Amazon and Succession Season 3 for HBO.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS" music by Timothy Williams


Lakeshore Records has digitally released the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the horror comedy We Summon the Darkness from director Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer, All my Life), which Vulture calls one of the best horror movies of 2020. The original score is composed by Timothy Williams (Brightburn, Wild Horses), which The Hollywood Reporter says, “has just enough vintage John Carpenter flavor.” The film is available on digital and On Demand.

Timothy Williams on his scoring process: “When director Marc Meyers reached out to me about creating a score for We Summon the Darkness, I showed him my bank of 80s synthesizers and we both agreed they would be perfect. Not only do the Mono/Poly, Prophet and Juno 106 bring an authentic feel to his 80s-era film, but using legitimate 80s synthesizers is a more organic experience as a composer. With contemporary synths, you can call up the same sounds again and again, but with the old school synths, you adjust multiple knobs to create sounds that are impossible to replicate. When you find a sound you like, you have to record it immediately because once you change any of the knobs, the sound is gone forever.

It was new territory for me to blend an 80s soundscape with horror, and Marc and I discussed the idea of writing a different kind of darker 80s score with inspiration from John Carpenter. When I watched the film for the first time, I was struck by the high energy, the dark humor and the amazing performances by the cast, which includes Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth and a great cameo by Johnny Knoxville. It turned out to be the most fun two months I’ve ever spent writing a score. I am honored that it won best score at LA Screamfest 2019. Hope you enjoy!”

Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls’ country home for an afterparty. A night of fun and youthful debauchery takes a deadly turn as bodies begin to pile up, with each side thinking the other hides the killer.

About Timothy Williams... is a multi-award winning composer for film, television, and video games, best known for his work on the Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated thriller Get Out, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Deadpool 2 and Creepshow.

His films have received over 60 awards; Walking with the Enemy (starring Ben Kingsley) was named “Best Film” at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. Wild Horses (directed by and starring Robert Duvall) premiered at SXSW. I’m Not Ashamed was nominated for “Best Picture” at the Spirit Awards and Diablo (starring Scott Eastwood) earned the Jury Award at the San Diego Film Festival.

Williams film credits also include Brightburn (starring Elizabeth Banks, produced by James Gunn), We Summon the Darkness (directed by Marc Meyers and starring Alexandria Daddario), Piney: The Lonesome Pine (starring Simon Pegg and Jonathan Pryce), I.T. (directed by John Moore and starring Pierce Brosnan), I’m Not Ashamed (directed by Brian Baugh), The Butterfly Circus (starring Doug Jones), Sony’s Red Sky (starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Bill Pullman), Playmobil: The Secret of Pirate Island (directed by Alexander Sokoloff), History of Future Folk (directed by John Mitchell), Debug (starring Jason Momoa), and the Tom Hanks produced documentary Beyond All Boundaries. He has also written additional music for Get Out, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hobbs & Shaw, Watchmen, Sucker Punch and 300. His upcoming films include Finding You and The Swearing Jar.

His television work includes co-scoring AMC/Shudder’s Creepshow reboot helmed by Greg Nicotero (Walking Dead) including creating a new theme for the franchise with Tyler Bates, FOX TV pilot Richard Lovely, Cartoon Network’s Sym-Bionic Titan, Disney’s Madison High and additional music for the Emmy-nominated score of ABC’s Missing and FOX’s Exorcist. Video games music includes God of War: Ascension and Rise of The Argonauts.


For more information, visit:
www.lakeshorerecords.com 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "ASIAN AMERICANS" music by Vivek Maddala


Lakeshore Records has digitally released the Original Series Soundtrack for the PBS documentary series Asian Americans by two-time Emmy-winning composer Vivek Maddala. The 4.5-hour music score he composed reflects the series’ exploration of two centuries of immigration and civil rights experiences by Asian Americans in the U.S. The docuseries aired earlier this month on PBS and is now available for streaming on PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

The soundtrack album includes 84 minutes of key moments and themes from the sweeping music score, taking listeners on a stimulating ride that traverses gritty 19th-Century American textures and elegant European Romantic motifs; 20th-Century jazz, soul, and rock; and modern-day brooding electronica. You’ll hear splashes of musical color from places as varied as Japan, Philippines, Korea, China, and India—all threaded into a cohesive musical fabric that transcends temporal or geographic boundaries.

“The Asian Americans series is a significant work in terms of both the quality of the filmmaking and the importance of the subject matter. I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to compose the music score... to craft a melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic voice for this vital history. The series directors, producers, and editors proved to be superb collaborators in this regard. We spent countless hours together, immersed in nearly two centuries of tales of struggle and resilience, exploring how best to sculpt the musical themes to connect the audience emotionally with the story.  The result, I think, is a music score that speaks powerfully to the story of Asian Americans,” says Vivek Maddala.

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played. Asian Americans is available to own, and is currently streaming on pbs.org and the PBS Video App. More information at pbs.org/asianamericans

About Vivek Maddala... is a two-time Emmy-winning composer who focuses on scoring feature films, theater and dance productions, and television series.  Additionally, Vivek works with several acclaimed artists as a music producer and engineer. As a multi-instrumental performer, Vivek journeys fluidly through diverse musical styles, and effortlessly between many instruments -- including drums, piano, guitar, and bass. He has also served as a guest conductor with renowned orchestras and chamber groups, performing work he has written for ballet and film.

Vivek is a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow for film composition, and has had work premiere at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance film festivals. His diverse musical palette, combining melodic symphony writing with modern textures from around the globe, has been described paradoxically as “the bleeding edge of hip” (Roger Ebert) and "timeless and universal" (NPR).

When scoring films, Vivek speaks with his unique musical voice. His score for the Peabody Award-Winning film "American Revolutionary" blends melodic chamber strings with expressive piano passages to frame the film's exploration of critical social movements seen through the lens of a revolutionary activist and philosopher. Vivek's brooding, passionate score for "Children of Memory" carefully fuses indigenous musical textures with his focused, yet sweeping composition style to explore questions of how post-war societies can right the wrongs of the past. Accordingly, Vivek continues to seek out projects that lift the human spirit -- to challenge power structures and elucidate the human condition. His works, extraordinarily diverse in style, stand out among contemporary compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and profoundly compassionate nature. His music supplements and strengthens the narrative and emotional components of the film, characterizing and framing the picture -- above all, serving the dramatic vision of the director.

For more information, visit:
www.lakeshorerecords.com
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music/Hollywood Records: "MRS AMERICA" music by Kris Bowers


Fox Music/Hollywood Records has released the digital soundtrack from the FX Original Series “Mrs. America” today.  The album features an original score by Kris Bowers (“Green Book,” “When They See Us”) available here.  “Mrs. America” is now streaming exclusively on FX on Hulu.

On his score for the series, Bowers said, “This story is so incredibly important and timely, and it’s an honor to be a part of a female-forward story like this. Dahvi and the entire cast and crew did an amazing job of portraying such complex and layered characters and scenarios, and it was an enjoyable challenge to complement this with the score. I’m also so appreciative to Dahvi, FX and the producers for their help and support and we completed the score for the last few episodes during the COVID shelter-in-place orders. This project is one that I am incredibly proud to put my name on.”

Bowers recorded the first seven episodes with a 25-piece orchestra prior to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. Challenged with scoring the remaining two episodes during quarantine, Bowers worked remotely with the individual musicians from his home, employing the “striping” technique where instruments are recorded one-by-one.  

About Kris Bowers... is an Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist who creates genre-defying music that pays homage to his jazz roots with inflections of alternative and R&B influences. From scoring documentaries like “Kobe Bryant’s Muse and Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” to scripted series including Shonda Rhimes and Paul William Davies’ “For The People,” Netflix’s “Dear White People,” and SHOWTIME’S “Black Monday,” Bowers’ work as a film and television composer is a testament to his versatility as an artist. In 2018, Bowers had the honor of collaborating with Emmy and Academy Award-winning director Peter Farrelly and Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali on their critically acclaimed “Green Book,” not only scoring the film but also serving as Ali’s on-screen hand-double and piano coach. In early 2018, Bowers scored the critically acclaimed drama, “Monsters and Men,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His work also appears in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries, “When They See Us” about the Central Park Five, for which he received an Emmy nomination.  Most recently, Bowers scored the FX miniseries “Mrs. America” starring Cate Blanchett, which premiered April 15 on Hulu, and the horror-comedy film “Bad Hair,” written and directed by Justin Simien (“Dear White People”).

Bowers has recorded and performed with artists such as Q-Tip, Aretha Franklin, Ludacris, Christian Rich, Jay-Z, and Kanye West and has contributed to albums by Marcus Miller, José James, Moses Sumney, and Murs. Bowers is an official Steinway Artist and was named one of twelve ‘Artists to Watch’ by iTunes in 2014. He received the prestigious ‘ROBIE Pioneer Award’ from the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2019. Bowers currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

"THE VELVET MACHINE" music by Neal Acree!!


After over two decades of making music for film, television and video games, THE VELVET MACHINE marks BAFTA nominated composer Neal Acree’s debut as a recording artist. Fourteen years in the making, the album is an unexpected return to Acree’s experimental electronic roots and the realization of a long forgotten dream. Ranging in influences from Tangerine Dream to Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd, THE VELVET MACHINE is a collection of synth-driven anthems and cinematic soundscapes with an orchestral touch. [MUSIC LINK]
 
LISTEN: [CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "ULZANA'S RAID" music by Frank DeVol

 
Intrada announces the first-ever release of Frank DeVol's intense score for the 1972 Universal Pictures film Ulzana's Raid. While DeVol anchors the score with an old-fashioned cavalry march, he infuses everything else with terse, aggressive music underscoring the intense western battle action. The score features two principal themes, the aforementioned march and a pensive theme for the Apache based more or less on historical Native American structures. For two highlight action set pieces, DeVol writes vividly with crisp rhythms and staccato punctuation in the brass, especially in some highly charged—and difficult to play—virtuoso intervals for the trumpets. In these two exciting cues, DeVol’s complete absence of prominent string writing and his focus instead on challenging parts scored for brass and woodwinds is strikingly original. It's a challenging score for what, in 1972, would have been a challenging film.

This premiere release was sourced from the 1/2″ 3-channel masters vaulted at Universal and provides a distinct and clear stereo spread, featuring the complete 53-minute score plus an additional 7 minutes of extras.

In the film, Ulzana (Joaquin Martinez) escapes from an Arizona reservation and launches a bloody guerilla campaign against the region’s settlers. Captain Gates of the U.S. Army (Lloyd Bochner) dispatches a green cavalry lieutenant, Garnett DeBuin (Bruce Davison), to evaluate the scope of the problem and quell Ulzana’s war party. Assisting him is McIntosh (Burt Lancaster)—a grizzled scout who has taken a native wife and works with an Apache partner. Directed by Robert Aldrich, the film is an allegory for the Vietnam War.

Note: Due to local restrictions related to the pandemic, shipping time may be slower than usual
For track listing and sound samples, please visit the Ulzana's Raid [CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJ Entertainment: "TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID" [BLU-RAY/DVD] (STEELBOOK)


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Shudder’s, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID which releases on May 5, 2020 on DVD and DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook. Written and directed by Issa López (Secondary Effects), the horror/thriller stars Paola Lara (La Siberia), Juan Ramón López, Ianis Guerrero (“Club de Cuervos”), Rodrigo Cortes, Hanssel Casillas (“Sitiados: Mexico”), Nery Arredondo (“Como Dice El Dicho”) and Tenoch Huerta (Get the Gringo) as "Chino." RLJE Films will release TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID on DVD and on DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook.

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a haunting horror fairy-tale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars; TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group of orphaned children who are unexpectedly given three magical wishes. As they run from the cartel that murdered their parents and the ghosts that haunt them, they must decide how to use this special gift to save their own lives and the people they love. Acclaimed by critics and filmmakers alike, Guillermo del Toro has called TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, “an unsparing blend of fantasy and brutality, innocence and evil.”


These releases contain extensive bonus features including a 43-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with director Issa López, a director’s commentary, never-before-seen casting sessions and deleted scenes, as well as multiple photo galleries. The DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook has an additional bonus feature of a 63-minute interview with Issa López and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro following the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival screening of the film.

Check out the trailer: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "BETTY" music by Aska Matsumiya


Aska Matsumiya is a LA based Japanese composer and producer who has excelled across Film, Television, Advertising and music production. Aska provided the score for the Amazon feature film, "I'm Your Woman" for director Julia Hart. In addition, she partnered with A24 and acclaimed director Kogonada on his film "After Yang", collaborating with composer Ryuichi Sakamoto starring Colin Farrell.

In Television, Aska worked on the HBO limited series "Betty" with longtime collaborator Cyrstal Moselle, a series based on the original Sundance breakout film "Skate Kitchen" starring Jaden Smith.

Aska has collaborated with countless brands in the Advertising space, including Porsche, Chanel, Hermes, Miu Miu & Prada, and also scored the short film "I'm Here" for Spike Jonze.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "WHITE LINES" (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) music by Tom Holkenborg


Milan Records announces the release of WHITE LINES (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator TOM HOLKENBORG aka JUNKIE XL.  Available Friday, May 15, the album features music written by Holkenborg for Netflix’s newest original series WHITE LINES which follows a young woman navigating the island of Ibiza in the wake of her brother’s mysterious death.  Holkenborg was uniquely able to draw from his own experiences performing in Ibiza and clubs around the world during his live career as multi-platinum-selling producer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic music producer. With his lengthy scoring resume of hit titles including Mad Max: Fury Road, Alita: Battle Angel and Deadpool, Holkenborg provides the perfect sonic companion to the show’s backdrop of Ibiza dance club culture.  From Álex Pina, creator of the award-winning crime drama Money Heist, WHITE LINES debuts on Netflix Friday, May 15.

Of the soundtrack, TOM HOLKENBORG says, “It was a delight to dive back into my electronic roots and revisit some amazing Ibiza memories when creating the score for White Lines. Though much of the music I made is not club focused, as they licensed a lot of original tracks from the late ‘90s and early 2000s, I think my work was able to capture some of the magic that makes club culture and the island so special. It was a really fun personal project to work on and I hope people love the series."

From the teams that brought you La Casa de Papel (Álex Pina) and The Crown (Left Bank Pictures) comes WHITE LINES. When the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza, his sister returns to the beautiful Spanish island to find out what happened. Her investigation will lead her through a thrilling world of dance music, super yachts, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character in a place where people live life on the edge.  WHITE LINES is written by Álex Pina.  The series is executive produced by Andy Harries and Sharon Hughff at Left Bank Pictures and Álex Pina and Cristina López Ferraz at Vancouver Media, and is produced by Chris Croucher.  WHITE LINES premieres on Netflix globally on May 15, 2020.

ABOUT TOM HOLKENBOR...
Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy® nominated multi-platinum producer, musician, composer and educator whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well at the vanguard of exciting new film composers.
Tom’s film scoring credits have grossed over $2 billion at the box office and include Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Alita Battle Angel, Divergent, Brimstone, The Dark Tower, Tomb Raider, Terminator: Dark Fate and most recently the record setting Sonic the Hedgehog. He has worked with directors including Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron, George Miller, Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder and Tim Miller among many others.

Tom is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of classical forms and structures while keeping one finger planted firmly on the pulse of popular music. When this eclectic background is paired with his skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays keyboards, guitar, drums, violin, and bass and describes himself as a ‘full contact composer’) and a mastery of studio technology, a portrait emerges of an artist for whom anything is possible.

The foundation for Tom’s work in film started in his native Holland, where he created multiple film scores, and undertook mentorships with celebrated composers Harry Gregson Williams (on “Domino” and “Kingdom of Heaven”) and Klaus Badelt (on “Catwoman”). But things really started to fall into place when Tom started collaborating with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Their partnership lasted several years, and most recently included 2016’s blockbuster Batman vs Superman, which marked the seventh scoring collaboration between Holkenborg and Zimmer. Holkenborg worked with Zimmer on The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014), Man of Steel (2013), Dark Knight Rises (2012), Madagascar 3 (2012), Megamind (2010), and Inception (2010).

Holkenborg’s music career began in 1993 when he started the industrial rock band Nerv and was also producing hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory. Drawn by electronic breakbeats he started Junkie XL in 1997 debuting with the album Saturday Teenage Kick. Holkenborg went on to produce five more albums under the Junkie XL moniker while playing headline shows all over the world. In 2002 the producer remixer scored a number 1 hit in 24 countries with his rework of “A Little Less Conversation”. Following its success Holkenborg collaborated with celebrated artists like Dave Gahan, Robert Smith, Chuck D, and remixed artists such as Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and many more. In addition Holkenborg created the music for video games like FIFA, Need For Speed, The Sims, and SSX and commercials for global campaigns like Nike, Heineken, Adidas, Cadillac and VISA.

Throughout his career, education and mentorship have been key themes for Tom. He created a Bachelor Program at the renowned ArtEZ Conservatorium, in his home town of Enschede, for music composition, from which more than 200 students have graduated, and continued his commitment to education on digital platforms, producing the free online tutorial series, Studio Time, which has been watched millions of times.

In 2019 Tom launched SCORE Academy, a ‘full-contact’ education program in Los Angeles. Taking in students annually, SCORE Academy teaches a curriculum designed by Tom, to educate a new generation of film composers and raise their skill sets to the highest level in all aspects of scoring, sound design programming, music production, music technology and film music business. In 2019 Tom also partnered with Orchestral Tools to create Junkie XL Brass, bringing his best-in-breed practices to build and create his first sample library.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJ Entertainment: "THE POSTCARD KILLINGS" [BLU-RAY] Based on the bestselling novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, will release THE POSTCARD KILLINGS on May 19, 2020 on DVD and Blu-Ray. The action thriller stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”), Famke Janssen (X-Men franchise), Cush Jumbo (“The Good Fight”), Joachim Król (Run Lola Run), Steven Mackintosh (Rocketman), and Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”). Written by Andrew Stern, Ellen Furman, Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal, the film was directed by Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land). RLJE Films will release THE POSTCARD KILLINGS on DVD and on Blu-Ray. 


In The Postcard Killings, based on the James Patterson and Liza Marklund #1 New York Times bestselling novel, NY Detective Jacob Kanon’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) world is destroyed when his daughter and son-in-law are brutally murdered in London. Unable to sit idly by and do nothing, Jacob travels to London to get the answers he needs. As he learns of similar heinous murders happening across Europe - each preceded by a postcard sent to a local journalist - Jacob is in a race against time to stop the killings and find justice for his little girl.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 19, 2020
 
Check out the trailer: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "VALLEY OF THE GODS"...


North American rights to VALLEY OF THE GODS, the much-anticipated latest from acclaimed director Lech Majewski, have been acquired by Well Go USA Entertainment. The film screened at the 2019 Gdynia Film Festival and the Warsaw Film Festival, as well as during the 27th Camerimage International Film Festival, where Majewski was presented a Special Directing Award for his “unique cinematic vision.” VALLEY OF THE GODS, starring Josh Harnett (Black Hawk Down, Lucky Number Slevin), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall) and John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Death of a Salesman), is set for physical and digital release on August 11, 2020. The ensemble cast includes Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings trilogy).

The film contrasts opposing social extremes—namely abundance and poverty––through three separate storylines, which revolve around a middle-class writer, an eccentric trillionaire and members of a struggling nearby Navajo community. After a difficult divorce, copywriter John Ecas (Harnett) takes on the biography of the richest man on earth (Malkovich), who is both his boss and the man behind a plan to mine sacred Navajo lands for uranium. However, when modern advancement runs afoul of the long-dormant protectors warned of in ancient legend, even the most unimaginable wealth may soon meet its match.

"Lech approaches each film as it were a painting, and in terms of scope and multitude of ideas, ‘Valley of the Gods’ is easily his largest canvas,” said Filip Jan Rymsza, producer of VALLEY OF THE GODS. “We’re excited to share his virtuosic work with audiences.”

Majewski is known for his visually daring films with dreamlike imagery and fantasy elements, and VALLEY OF THE GODS includes his most ambitious cinematic effects and images to date.
VALLEY OF THE GODS was written and directed by Lech Majewski (Field of Dogs, The Mill & The Cross, The Garden of Earthly Delights) and produced by Lech Majewski and Filip Jan Rymsza on behalf of their companies, Angelus Silesius and Royal Road Entertainment. Executive producers are Royal Road’s Olga Kagan, Małgorzata Domin and The Safran Company’s Peter and Natalia Safran. Co-producers include Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher and Jan Harlan.

The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and Filip Jan Rymsza and attorneys Jonathan Gardner and Molly Fenton of Cohen Gardner LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.


Recent Well Go USA Entertainment releases include Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING, Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW and IP MAN 4 starring Donnie Yen. Upcoming releases include CUT THROAT CITY, directed by RZA and starring Shameik Moore, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard and Eiza Gonzalez; TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS PENINSULA, directed by Yeon Sang-ho; and SYNCHRONIC, starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan.

Well Go USA Entertainment (www.wellgousa.com) is a theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world to North America. Well Go titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including in theaters, on demand, via DVD and Blu-ray and on television, as well as on mobile and connected devices through martial arts movie app Hi-YAH! (www.hiyahtv.com). Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with an additional office in Taiwan.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE CHANNEL HI-YAH! GOES MOBILE!"


Hi-YAH! (hiyahtv.com), the premier platform for streaming martial arts and Asian action movies in the U.S., today announced its official launch on mobile devices and connected TVs. As part of the launch, new users will be eligible for a 30-day free trial, after which a monthly subscription fee of only $3.99 will apply. Hi-YAH!—available through app stores for devices including iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire TV—offers both exclusive and non-exclusive content that will be refreshed monthly.

Hi-YAH! currently provides subscribers with more than 500 hours of high-quality, commercial-free viewing of films featuring all-time favorite kung fu masters including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa, along with hits from acclaimed directors Johnnie To, Yuen Woo-Ping, Wilson Yip, Tsui Hark and more. As of today, subscribers can take advantage of Hi-YAH!’s exclusive streaming release of Takashi Miike’s 2019 twisty, hyper-violent yakuza romp FIRST LOVE, added as part of the “Miike Madness” collection featuring many of the classic and fan-favorite films from the iconic director.

“With the launch of the app, Hi-YAH! now allows action and martial arts fans unparalleled access to stream our content on any device,” said Jason Pfardrescher, EVP, Digital Distribution at Well Go USA Entertainment. “The app offers an exceptional entertainment experience and makes our extensive library of movies, TV series and exclusive content much more accessible to consumers.”

Subscribers can watch classic martial arts hits such as RISE OF THE LEGEND, FLASH POINT, and THE ASSASSIN as well as Asian action favorites like TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE MAN FROM NOWHERE, and DRUG WAR—all while anticipating the forthcoming additions of Donnie Yen as the Grandmaster in the complete IP MAN  franchise and THE VILLAINESS, which inspired the unforgettable motorcycle fight scene in John Wick: Chapter 3. 


ABOUT WELL GO USA ENTERTAINMENT.. Well Go USA Entertainment (www.wellgousa.com) is a theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing top content, including the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world, to North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. As a leader in independent film distribution, Well Go’s titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged media and broadcast television. Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with offices in Taiwan and China.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "STUFFED" music by Ben Lovett


Lakeshore Records is pleased to announce the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Stuffed composed by Ben Lovett (The Ritual, Synchronicity), available digitally today. The album features a colorful and inspired melodic score by Lovett that expresses both the whimsical and deeply passionate spirit of an oftentimes misunderstood yet beautifully intricate and intriguing artform. Directed by Erin Derham (Buskin’ Blues, Julian Price), Stuffed had its world premiere at SXSW 2019 where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award.

Stuffed is a documentary feature film about the surprising and unique world of taxidermy.  Told through the eyes and hands of a passionate and diverse group of renowned artists from around the world, the film explores the lives and perspectives of an extraordinary subculture that exists at the intersection of art and science.  With a keen eye on conservation and the natural world, Stuffed also explores the important and unexpected relationship that exists between taxidermy and the human effort to preserve the beauty of nature.

When director Erin Derham first asked her friend and colleague Ben Lovett his thoughts on making the documentary, he told her, “Yes, you should definitely make this movie, and I will make it with you, but only if you name it ‘Stuffed’.” Speaking on their close collaboration throughout the making of the film, Derham explained, “The process was very unique in that Ben started writing and recording the score while I was filming. I knew I wanted Stuffed to feel beautiful and romantic like a Jane Austen novel but giving it that distinct Lovett edge. I’m Ben’s biggest fan. All of his movie scores blow me away, but when I first heard the ‘Stuffed Waltz’ suite it felt like he’d written a song about my heart. It represented the humbling journey that took place as I filmed wildly different people around the world for nearly three years and had all my preconceived judgements about taxidermy challenged.”

Lovett described his score as a collection of “musical dioramas” that aim to capture a glimpse into the minds and hearts of a variety of uncommon personalities. Lovett explained, “I was inspired by the characters in the film who all come from very different political, social, and economic backgrounds and often disagree on most things, but ultimately populate a distinct subculture that’s bound by a deep and genuine love for nature. I wanted to capture that unmistakable childlike wonder they all have when they talk about animals. For taxidermists the work they do is not at all about Death, it’s about Life.”

About Ben Lovett... Ben Lovett is an American songwriter and composer best known for crafting unconventional scores to a diverse range of films and documentaries including the Netflix cult favorite The Ritual, Amy Seimetz’s award-winning noir Sun Don’t Shine, Independent Spirit Award nominee The Signal, the Duplass Brothers’ survival thriller Black Rock, Emma Tammi’s avant-garde western The Wind, and the time travel sci-fi noir Synchronicity which earned Ben a nomination for “Discovery of the Year” at the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards. Lovett’s most recent work debuted at Sundance 2020, a reunion with director and longtime collaborator David Bruckner for the upcoming Searchlight thriller The Night House.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Node Records: "THE TRIAL OF RATKO MLADIC" music by Anne Nikitin


Node Records is excited to release Anne Nikitin’s score soundtrack to the documentary The Trial of Ratko Mladić on Friday, April 3rd, 2020, through all digital platforms.

Anne Nikitin is an Ivor Novello Award-nominated composer best known for her work on director Bart Layton’s BAFTA-winning film THE IMPOSTER, critically-acclaimed heist movie AMERICAN ANIMALS, BBC Drama / PBS Masterpiece’s MRS. WILSON, and the Ursula MacFarlane-directed UNTOUCHABLE: THE RISE AND FALL OF HARVEY WEINSTEIN.

From sweeping orchestral scores to dirty guitars, mesmeric synths and delicate piano refrains, Anne is known for creating unique sound worlds spanning a wide range of genres.

The Trial of Ratko Mladić is a Sandpaper Films documentary that covers the dramatic five-year trial of the man held responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and the murder of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica – an epic story of justice, accountability and a country trying to escape from its bloody past. The film received the 2019 Grierson Award for Best Single International Documentary, aired on PBS FRONTLINE, and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s Top Scary Political Docs of 2018.   

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Paramount Music: "DEFENDING JACOB" music by Atli Örvarsson


Paramount Music has digitally released Apple’s Defending Jacob Limited Series Soundtrack exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. The album features an original score by Atli Örvarsson (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Rams) and an original theme by Ólafur Arnalds. Defending Jacob has premiered its first three episodes exclusively on Apple TV+ today, April 24, and new episodes will premiere weekly thereafter every Friday.

Atli Örvarsson on scoring the thriller series: “Defending Jacob was a very special project for me on so many levels. I came onboard because Morten Tyldum (Director/Executive Producer) and Mark Bomback (Writer/Executive Producer) had heard some material from my upcoming album ‘You Are Here’ and based on what they had heard, thought I was the right composer for the show.  As a result, the creative process became a real joy. I felt like I really could just be myself as a composer and the collaboration with Morten and Mark couldn't have been more creative and challenging, but at the same time so flowing and curiously effortless.” 

Soundtrack Streaming/Purchase: [CLICK HERE]

ABOUT DEFENDING JACOB... A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, and starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey. The limited drama series unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Defending Jacob is produced by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content, and created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who also serves as showrunner. All eight episodes of the series are directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum, who also serves as executive producer. Chris Evans stars and executive produces, alongside Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman who executive produce for Anonymous Content.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "DRIVEWAYS" music by Jay Wadley


Milan Records today releases DRIVEWAYS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by composer and music producer JAY WADLEY (Indignation, Tales of the City, ADAM).  Available everywhere now, the soundtrack features music written by Wadley for the forthcoming film directed by Andrew Ahn.  Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, Driveways is out now and available to watch on demand.

Of the soundtrack, composer JAY WADLEY says, “In my score for Andrew Ahn’s Driveways, I took an understated, paired down approach with textured analog production on a felted grand piano and chamber string ensemble.  The film is a delicate and subtle piece, so Andrew and I felt the score needed to take extra care not to step on or get in the way of story and character.  As I began the creative process, my way into Cody and Del's sound was through an attempt to capture the mood of childhood experiences like tooling around in the yard and on the porch during long, lazy, hot summer afternoons. I find a certain dreaminess, comfort, and melancholy to those days that informed the music’s overall tone and character. To echo the simple yet profound nature of Del and Cody’s friendship, I used equally simple recurring melodic and harmonic material that often plays as intimate duets between strings and piano. These melodies thoughtfully blossom and mature throughout the film, deepening their associations, and help us connect to relationships that have shaped us and remind us of the beauty and tragedy of their impermanence.”

Driveways director ANDREW AHN adds, “Jay's score for Driveways is so human, full of character and soul. I loved working with Jay because, like an actor, he took the film on emotionally, letting the story and characters become a part of him. There's a beautiful nostalgic quality to the score that feels so personal and intimate. For this reason, the score never hits a false note; it feels truthful and genuine in such an emotional way.”

Director Andrew Ahn’s Driveways tells the story of Kathy (Golden Globe® Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, who travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) to Kathy's late sister's house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe®, Tony® winner and acting legend Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del's encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]