Working on “The Way Home: Tibetans in Exile”, a documentary from director Marilyn Pennell about three generations of Tibetans living in exile, struggling to keep their culture and faith alive. Among the beautiful footage are performances and rehearsals by TIPA, the Tibetan Performing Arts organization founded by the Dali Lama in Dharamsala during the 14 months he spent there after fleeing Tibet. Traditional Tibetan opera reflects the country’s cultural and religious values, which the Dali Lama sought to preserve.
The two-hour feature for American Experience, Henry Ford, premiered on PBS stations this past January. I had the good fortune to contribute some additional music and orchestrations to the Kusiak Music score. The excellent documentary covers the evolution of early-20th century America as well as the life of it’s controversial first industrialist.
Check out the latest trailer for Lantana Games’ Children of Liberty. Children takes place in colonial America on the eve of the American Revolution. Like everything else about the game, from the story, to the excellent backgrounds and animations by the creative team, an emphasis on historical authenticity and are the driving factors behind the sound and score.
25 Hill, a film from writer/director/actor Corbin Bernsen (LA Law) celebrating the Soap Box Derby, premiered on the Inspiration network on July 22nd and has been released on DVD. Many thanks to Lee Strauss for having me help out with the score.
The weather’s getting warmer and I’m starting to think about those clam bakes over on Spectacle Island. The island reopened last year for recreational activity after a long rehabilitation effort spurred by the Big Dig, rescuing it from it’s industrial past. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to score a film on it’s history, produced to mark the occasion by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“Follow”, a short art piece I scored for director Elliot Higger was shown at this years ProArts Spring Arts Festival.
“Morocco to Israel” won third place at the Carnegie Mellon Faces of Migration International Short Film Festival. The short, about a family of Berber Jews that emigrated from Morocco after the formation of Israel in 1948 and the independence of Morocco in 1956, premiered at the 2011 Miami Jewish Film Festival earlier this year. Congratulations to director Avital Epstein! Check out a clip or some music from the film.