DEC 12 2016
I am happy to announce that two films I have scored : WATER AND POWER (MARINA ZENOVICH and ALEX GIBNEY), and THE FORCE (PETER NICKS) will be in US Documentary Competition at Sundance 2017.
ALEX GIBNEY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
DEC 07 2016
I have finished scoring the epic series created by Alex Gibney, and National Geographic called PARCHED. This is a 4 part series about the water crisis going on around the globe. It will air in 2017.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
JAN 23 2016
UPON REVIEWING SHOWTIME'S DARK NET:
"And the antiseptic visuals, coupled with the droning score by Justin Melland, suggest Laura Poitras' Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour with a slightly pulpier edge."
BELIEF - COMING IN 2015
APR 29 2015
COMING IN 2015, A SERIES LIKE NO OTHER ON TELEVISION.
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST - SUNDANCE 2015
JAN 01 2015
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, a film by Erica Cohn and Tony Vainuku is an Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
THE KILL TEAM MAKES THE OSCAR® SHORTLIST
DEC 05 2014
THE KILL TEAM, a film by Oscar® Nominated director, Dan Krauss with a score by Justin Melland, has made the "short list" for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. THE KILL TEAM made the cut from 134 films and now exists in a group of 15 incredibly strong works that are vying for this very special award.
"A BRILLIANTLY SPARE AND EVOCATIVE SOUNDTRACK"
AUG 17 2014
Justin Melland received a wonderfully kind compliment from The Washington Post about his score for The Kill Team. Read the entire review here: http://wapo.st/1qxlcaI
THE KILL TEAM : IN THEATERS
AUG 10 2014
The Kill Team, a film by Oscar nominated director Dan Krauss, will be in theaters nationally July 25. The trailer can be viewed at Apple Trailers : http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/oscilloscope/thekillteam/
JUSTIN MELLAND SIGNS ONTO TO SCORE BELIEF
DEC 11 2013
The Oprah Winfrey produced 7 hour epic mini series titled BELIEF, has tapped film composer Justin Melland (The Kill Team, The Redemption of General Butt Naked) to craft an original score for the entire series. The series focuses on unique belief systems of individual people throughout the world. The orchestral masterwork will be completed in early 2014.
THE KILL TEAM - THEATRICAL
SEP 01 2013
The Kill Team, by Oscar® Nominated director, Dan Krauss, will be getting a US theatrical run in 2014 with Oscilloscope Labs. Check back here for showtimes as they become available.
FUTURE COMPOSER PROFILES JUSTIN MELLAND
JUN 26 2013
Future Composer just posted a wonderful article about Justin Melland and his process of creating scores for feature films. View the article here: http://futurecomposer.com/q-a/item/q-a-with-composer-justin-melland
JUN 02 2013
Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Justin Melland's latest project is a moniker of creation called Le Grand Sourire. It serves as an umbrella to create and release what he calls "Cinematic Électronique" a blend of songwriting, electronic textures, and string orchestra. The result of this first session of creativity is Hypersonic Dreaming, a "conceptual triptych" that conveys deep and ecstatic emotions. The project releases on June 4, 2013. Click below to be carried to it's release platform on bandcamp.com.
APR 25 2013
The Justin Melland Scored Film, The Kill Team, won top honors at The Tribeca Film Festival. LA Times coverage at the following link:
APR 02 2013
We are very pleased to announce that Justin Melland is now represented by John Tempereau and Jake Kozerac at Soundtrack Music Associates.
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APR 01 2013
Marijuana Gold Rush, an insiders look at the burgeoning marijuana industry was nominated for an Emmy award.
THE KILL TEAM
SEP 14 2012
Oscar nominee, Dan Krauss, has just entered the musical scoring stage of making his feature documentary The Kill Team. He has hand picked Justin Melland, his long time collaborator and friend, to write the musical score for his film. We are beyond thrilled to be working with Dan again and look forward to an amazing journey together!
THE WORLD BANK
SEP 14 2012
The World Bank has chosen Justin Melland to compose an original piece of music for their campaign #whatwilittake, a very moving new piece that is about to enter the stream. Justin is working with Jason Carter of Wavelength Studios to play his masterful percussion, and to apply the final mix and master. We are very excited about this wonderful project!
A FRAGILE TRUST
SEP 13 2012
I happy to report that scoring for A Fragile Trust, a wonderful film by Samantha Grant in San Francisco, is going very well! We are nearly ready to begin music prep for our final recording sessions, and mix! Sundance submissions are being prepared, so cross your fingers!
ENGINEERING GROUND ZERO GETS EMMY NOMINATION
JUL 13 2012
We are very proud to announce that the Nova production Engineering Ground Zero, for which Justin Melland composed the music score, has just been nominated for an ®Emmy Award. David Shadrack Smith directed his team at Part2 Pictures in Brooklyn to make this astonishingly beautiful film.
JUSTIN WINS ASCAP AWARD
JUN 21 2012
Justin Melland will be recieving an ASCAP award in the Top TV Series Composer catergory for 2011! He will be recieving his award on June 28, 2012 at a black tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
THE FATHER TO BE RELEASED VERY SOON!
APR 09 2012
Justin Melland recorded, mixed and performed an album of six songs at his brand new Portland, OR based boutique production studio The Greenhouse. Justin played accordion, guitars, percussion, synth, lead and backing vocals. Eric Bigger played bass, Forrest Abuel played cello, and Josh and Mer did backing choir vocals on Wonderpark. Album to be everywhere digitally next week! And beautiful physical copies available by mid to late April!
SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATION!
FEB 07 2012
We are very happy to announce that The Redemption Of General Butt Naked has been nominated for the Spirit Award for best feature length documentary.
'UNDER OUR SKIN' AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
FEB 02 2012
'GENERAL BUTT NAKED' WINS AT SUNDANCE
FEB 01 2012
The Redemption of General Butt Naked has won the award for Best Cinematography at Sundance 2011.
JAN 13 2012
The Redemption Of General Butt Naked has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the IDA Awards!
ENGINEERING GROUND ZERO
JAN 07 2012
Engineer Ground Zero premiered on NOVA to very high ratings! We were very excited to hear the great feedback for both the score and the film as a whole!
'LIFE 2.0' VARIETY REVIEW
DEC 07 2011
Life 2.0 Reviewed in Variety:
'LIFE 2.0' FEATURED IN THE NEW YORKER
DEC 07 2011
A wonderful writeup by one of my favorite magazines.
'GENERAL BUTT NAKED' REVIEWED BY KENNETH TURAN IN THE LA TIMES
DEC 06 2011
'GENERAL BUTT NAKED' REVIEWED IN THE REPORTER
DEC 05 2011
IDSA AIMS TO CENSOR UNDER OUR SKIN TV BROADCASTS
NOV 18 2011
Open Eye Pictures has recently learned that the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has been trying to stop the television broadcast of its award-winning documentary on Lyme disease, UNDER OUR SKIN. Working behind the scenes, IDSA officers and members have been contacting the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), and local PBS stations, calling our film “dangerous for viewers” and full of “conspiracies.”
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was created in 1967 to “provide a voice for groups in the community that may otherwise be unheard,” and serve as “a forum for controversy and debate” by broadcasting programs that “help us see America whole, in all its diversity.”
We are heartened that no PBS affiliate station has folded under the pressure. UNDER OUR SKIN is the first televised documentary dedicated to educating the public about the plight of Lyme disease patients, who have been abandoned by the medical establishment, in part, because of the IDSA’s flawed Lyme guidelines development process.
While the primary focus of UNDER OUR SKIN is to inform viewers about Lyme disease through the eyes of patients, it also includes interviews with several authors of the IDSA Lyme disease treatment guidelines. These authors were briefed by the IDSA vice president of communications before the filming began, and we believe these interviews accurately represent the IDSA viewpoint on Lyme disease.
UNDER OUR SKIN also shows the unfolding of the investigation into the IDSA Lyme disease guidelines by former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. His final investigative report found that there was:
• Significant conflicts of interest among the original IDSA guidelines authors,
• Suppression of scientific evidence by authors, and,
• Exclusion of panel members with opposing viewpoints.
The IDSA’s suppression of dissenting views continues. This time the target is UNDER OUR SKIN. (More examples of IDSA censorship are listed at the end of this article.)
Recently, the importance of transparency and open dialogue in medical guidelines development were underscored in a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), “Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust.” In this mandate for guidelines reform, the IDSA Lyme guidelines were called out as an example of a process gone awry:
“This case highlights the need for standardization and transparency in all aspects of systemic data collection and review, committee administration, and guideline development, so that questions about these issues do not detract from the science. [Guideline developers]… must be aware of the many, varied observers who will consider their development processes, particularly when their recommendations are likely to be controversial.”
And in a recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found that out of 4,200 IDSA guideline recommendations, more than half were based on no more than expert opinion and anecdote, not hard evidence, reinforcing points made in our film. (See references below.)
So, as investigative news organizations and documentary film producers — with the help of the Physicians Sunshine Act — begin to shine the light on endemic commercial influences on “evidence-based medicine,” it’s a wake up call to the medical establishment to clean up their own act before attacking outside organizations dedicated to protecting the public.
In other words, don’t shoot the messenger.
OSCAR SHORT LIST
FEB 13 2011
Under Our Skin has made the final cut onto the Oscar short list
'LIFE 2.0' PREMIERE
JAN 21 2011
Life 2.0 premieres at Sundance to rave reviews.
THE KILL TEAM
NOV 30 -0001
Academy Award Nominated Director Dan Krauss, has just finished working with me on his amazing new film The Kill Team. Trailer and website can be found here http://killteammovie.com/. The feature premiers on 4/19 at Tribeca!