I've just finished scoring this amazing new series for Showtime. The Hollywood Reporter says about my score : "And the antiseptic visuals, coupled with the droning score by Justin Melland, suggest Laura Poitras' Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour with a slightly pulpier edge.
"Here is a link to an official clip from Ep. 1 : CRUSH
Oprah Winfrey presents “Belief,” a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. This original, seven-part series allows viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating beliefs through the eyes of the believer. Journeying to the far reaches of world, and inside places cameras have rarely been, the real stars of this special are the seven billion people here on earth whose ability to believe in things they can not see, touch or smell, provides comfort, healing and a sense of purpose.
THE KILL TEAMhttp://killteammovie.com/
"A brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack"
Winner, Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Theatrical Distribution, Oscilloscope Labs 2014
A Film By Oscar® Nominated Director, Dan Krauss
THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKEDhttp://www.generalbuttnakedmovie.com/
- A Film By Danielle Anastasion and Eric Strauss, Produced by Part2 Pictures.
- Winner, Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival 2011
- Nominated, Best Feature Doc, Spirit Awards, IDA Awards.
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUSThttp://www.infootballwetrustmovie.com/
- IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, a feature length documentary exploring the role football plays within the U.S. Polynesian community, will be making its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23.
- Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2010
- Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Philadelphia Film Festival
UNDER OUR SKINhttp://www.underourskin.com/
- A Film By Andy Abrahams Wilson
- Winner, Best Documentary, Camden Int'l, Sonoma Int'l, Durango Ind, Houston Int'l Film Festivals.
- Official Selection, Tribeca and Silverdocs
"Well-researched...suspenseful...artfully shot. Takes a creative, humanistic approach that makes the complex material dramatic and visually interesting." - Alissa Simon, Variety
"Not since Michael Moore has a documentary caused such a stir across America." - Susan Wertheim, FOX News
"The most important documentary to come out this year." - Molly Dedham, XM Radio
A FRAGILE TRUST
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hamptons International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, DOC/NYC, Hollywood Film Festival, Denver Starz Film Festival, East Lansing Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
"[Blair] is most helpful when describing how his first, minor lies opened a floodgate...suggesting that most of us often resist temptation because we believe we'll get caught."
The Hollywood Reporter
Steven Gaydos of -Variety
"One of the Gray Lady’s most embarrassing moments comes to complex life in this tough-minded analysis that explores issues of race, affirmative action and institutional inertia."
“Grant paints a fascinating portrait of a talented but disturbed, insecure (and possibly sociopathic) young man who spun a web of lies so thick his falsehoods soon became indistinguishable from his reality.”
“At a time when newspapers are struggling and resources are stretched, A Fragile Trust is a compelling reminder of the importance of paying attention to the details, no matter how small or trivial. "
"First-Rate... a thorough and balanced examination."
“Great journalism and superb documentary film making.”
“An excellent field guide for dissecting the moment when telling a mistruth seemed like a better idea than being honest.”
Nominated for Special Jury Award, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013
Nominated for Best Documentary, Hawaii International Film Festival
Nominated for Metropolis Award, DOC NYC
Selected for HotDocs DocSoup screening series
This is a new series I am scoring for Part2 Pictures in NYC. They are the makers of The Redemption Of General Butt Naked, as well as many other amazing film and television projects.
- Winner, Grand Jury Award for Artistic Achievement at Cinevegas
- A Film By Robert Saitzyk -- director of the Sundance film White Of Winter
- Written by: Robert Saitzyk & Cory Knauf
- Starring: Joseph McKelheer, Cory Knauf, Jessie Ward, Courtney Halverson, Hallock Beals
LE GROS ORTEIL
This score was a joy to write, because I was able to adapt some of orchestral colors of Ravel and Debussy which were made popular by Bernard Herrmann when he worked on the famous Hitchcock films. The score was recorded with a full orchestra at Firehouse Studios in Pasadena, and I'm quite happy with the sound. One of most unique aspects of the production was writing the song Kisses and Hatchets with director Matt Quezada. I wrote the music and melody, and recorded myself humming the tune and the sent it to Matt and requested that he write some devilish lyrics in French. He wrote them, and then came into the studio to record the vocal and did a great job.
A Red Willow Features Production
About The Score
This beautiful film was shot part in China and part in LA, and is a spooky story laden with the overwhelming suspense of asian horror films. I had the great pleasure of recording two fantastic soloists on the score: Fred Selden who did all the flute solos for The Last Samurai, on Bamboo Flutes, and Victor Lawrence, who played all the cello solos on The Changeling. As soon as the film is completed I'll have some video samples posted here.