Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Votes are in and "Buck" a documentary I helped to score about Buck Brannerman is one of 16 films from a field of over 300 chosen for the 2011 Sundance Festival.
"The Horse Whisperer" may be the stuff of Hollywood legend but the cowboy who inspired the novel and the film is very real. Buck Brannaman - master-horseman, trick-roper, raconteur and no-nonsense philosopher - is a true grit cowboy who travels the world enlightening his followers with a wisdom that's frequently more about human relationships than about horses. As Buck says in his signature, hard won wit. "Often instead of helping people with horse problems, I'm helping horses with people problems".
BUCK, a poetic and visually stunning feature documentary, follows Brannaman from an abusive childhood that almost “broke” him, through early fame and foster care, to a life of fiercely dedicated work as a teacher, who possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses with understanding and respect. He often expounds on the similarities of redirecting the mind and energy of troubled horses with the trials of parenting children.
The astonishing strength of character it takes Buck to overcome and transcend the darkness in his past is poignantly reflected in the relationship with his youngest daughter Reata, who is becoming nearly as good a rider and roper as her dad. Driven by his mission to enlighten his followers, he spends nine months a year away from home. He travels alone in his horse trailer from clinic to sold-out clinic, from Maine to California, from Beeville, Texas, to Libby, Montana, dealing with often fractious horses and humans. But as he says to his students: “If you got a taste of what I’m talking about, you couldn't get enough of it. You’d rather do that than eat. You may spend your whole life chasing it, but it’s a good thing to chase."
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A movie I scored for director George O'Donnell is out on DVD .
Check out the TRAILER
In a quiet Orlando, Florida, suburb three young men struggle to escape the wreckage of their pasts and create new lives for themselves. Their new home is CollegeBoysLive.com, a voyeur webcam house rigged with 32 cameras, where their every move is watched by thousands of paying members. The site’s creator claims CollegeBoysLive.com is simply about showing that “it’s okay to be gay.” But the neighbors insist it’s a pornographic whorehouse and sue to have them evicted. This intimate and provocative documentary examines a complex subculture, but at its heart is the universal search for family and acceptance.
"College Boys Live exerts a bizarre and dramatic fascination by observing that Orwellian experiment-cum-entertainment over a six-month haul"
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The New Recruits is a feature documentary about a battalion of jet-setting business students armed with a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. They spend one year struggling with startups to peddle drip irrigation in Pakistan, LED lights in India, and toilet service in Kenya.
The New Recruits takes an unflinching look at social entrepreneurship, a movement touted as the new alternative to charity—its ideals, practitioners, and realities. An unlikely cross between The Apprentice and Slumdog Millionaire, The New Recruits is a hilarious, evocative, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride along a road paved with good intentions.Preview Here:
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Go inside the G series Mobile Locker Room with St. Louis Rams Defensive End
Music by Peter Rundquist
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Check out my most recent filmscore on PBS' American Experience.
On April 4, 1968, escaped convict James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King. This is the fateful narrative of the killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society at that time.