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Lakeshore Records: "JOE BELL" music by Antonio Pinto

Lakeshore Records releases Joe Bell—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Antonio Pinto (City of God), digitally today, September 17. The emotionally expressive score anchored by acoustic guitar and piano provides a richly atmospheric backdrop to the themes of loss and reflection in the film. The soundtrack also includes songs by Daniel Tashian and Ande LeMaster.  The Roadside Attractions film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and produced by Cari Joji Fukunaga and starring Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton and Gary Sinise is available on Digital HD and On Demand via Vertical Entertainment.

From filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men, upcoming King Richard), along with the Academy Award®-winning writing team behind BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Diana Ossana & Larry McMurtry) and Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg, JOE BELL tells the intimate and emotional true story of an Oregonian father who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak hard truths to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.
Says Pinto: “When I first watched Joe Bell, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  As a father I just knew I had to score the film. No words could describe my feeling … so I just wrote.  The first piece of music did not change and remains in the film as first recorded – raw and exposed. I hope I have done justice to the truth of the film and the Bell family.”

Antonio Pinto was celebrated for his brilliant score to the indie smash City of God, scoring films for around a decade including many award-winning pictures including Central Station, Behind the Sun, Love in the Time of Cholera and SENNA He has worked with such directors as Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Mike Newell, Niki Caro, Michael Mann, James Foley, Andrew Niccol, Ric Roman Waugh, Tarsem, Asif Kapadia and Chiwitel Ejiofor.

Antonio Pinto’s gift is his understanding that music is something going on around us all the time. He can hear and bring to life a world and a spirit stolen directly from the streets and hearts of the people who live in his films’ illustrated worlds. And for those who have never felt what his music describes, his music creates for them a new reality. His sense of story is musically driven and can cut to the center of the deepest emotion with the simplicity of a lingering note and can just as smoothly blazon its way instinctively into complicated dancy techno samba with an ever-flowing energy that continually compliments its narrative. He creates a flow and adds logic to vision. He can depict any mood and has over a thousand ways to musically describe human passions. He can make sense of scenes that have been smashed together with opposing tones; and has such precision in describing moments that he ends up orchestrating the audience as much as he orchestrates his instruments.

He is most at home in Brazilian styles of orchestrated street music, but is inventive and draws from many styles including jazz, funk, and rock. His choices of instrumentation are imaginative and diverse. Antonio Pinto received a Golden Globe nomination in 2008 for Best Original Song “Despedida” co-written with Shakira from the film Love in the Time of Cholera directed by Mike Newell. In addition to his third collaboration with Asif Kapadia and James Gay Rees on Maradona, Antonio Pinto scored The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019.

Antonio’s recent work includes Mosquito Coast and Prince Harry & Oprah’s special event series on Mental Health (both Apple), and critically acclaimed “Nine Days” (Sony Classics), and “Joe Bell” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, Produced by Cary Fukunaga and Mark Wahlberg.
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