I fell in love with film scores as a kid listening to the soundtracks to Close Encounters, Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. On vinyl, no less. Putting music to picture has always been my favorite work. Over the last 10+ years, the majority of my film work has been with long time friend and writing partner, Mark Orton.
Director: Hernan Jimenez
An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she's been catfished. This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles her attempt to reel in love.
Directed by: Carlysle Eubank
Starring: Wyatt Russell, Dennis Quaid
12 MIGHTY ORPHANS
Santa Rita Film Co.
Director: Ty Roberts Producers: Ty Roberts
From Sony Classics, coming to theaters on Father’s Day weekend, June 18th. Haunted by his mysterious past, a devoted high school football coach leads a scrawny team of orphans to the state championship during the Great Depression and inspires a broken nation along the way. Based on a true story, 12 Mighty Orphans features a stellar cast including Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, and Robert Duvall. The score features special guests Mickey Raphael (harmonica) and Tin Hat’s own Carla Kihlstedt (violin/nyckelharpe) along with gut banjo, dobro, cimbalom and full orchestra.
CHARMING THE HEARTS OF MEN
Director: S.E. DeRose
A romantic drama set during the politically charged early 60s outside Atlanta, where a sophisticated woman (played by Anna Friel) returns to her home town only to discover hard truths about gender and racial inequality inherent in the south. With the help of a Congressional ally (Kelsey Grammer), she inspires historic legislation which allows opportunities and protections never before afforded to women.
Director: Julian Shaw
An ambitious documentary filmmaker discovers the darkest parts of himself when he turns his camera on a beautiful woman who humiliates men for money.
THE 11TH GREEN
Director: Christopher MunchPart mystery and part political intrigue, with a dose of the supernatural – and a great turn by Campbell Scott. Director Christopher Munch’s film was chosen as one of the best of 2020 by The New Yorker magazine.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra,
John Requa Glenn Ficarra | John Requa
Starring: Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Kenib Bacon, Marisa Tomei
Writer ("You Can Be The One", "Uncharted")
Director: John Lawrence
The painful and humorous journey of a selfish athlete who is now down on his luck unable even to keep his job as a bike messenger. He finds a way to redeem his life through the support of friends and by learning that to break from the large group of bikers, the peloton, the winning cyclist must first work with the team.
MUSCLES& MAYHEM: AN UNAUTHOURIZED STORY OF AMERICAN GLADIATORS
Directors: Tony Vainuku
and Jared Hess
Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators chronicles the meteoric rise, dramatic fall, and gripping behind-the-scenes stories of one of the biggest spectacles on television during the height of the '90s. Told first hand from the stars who lived through it, this five part series reveals untold stories of the iconic American Gladiators’ triumph, turmoil, and ultimate price of fame.
WORKING: WHAT WE DO ALL DAY
Director: Caroline Suh
Work. For some, it's a paycheck. For others, it's a calling. Former President Barack Obama talks to modern American workers across industries and class in the new series Working: What We Do All Day only on Netflix.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Imagine Entertainment/ABC News/Hulu
Director: Irene Taylor
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer executive produce this impactful documentary from director Irene Taylor, who partners with ABC News for an investigation into decades’ worth of sexual abuse allegations against the Boy Scouts of America. Leave No Trace asks how the Boy Scouts could have gone so horribly astray—and, more provocatively, if exploitation is built into this seemingly clean-cut organization’s DNA.
BETRAYED: SURVIVING AN AMERICAN CONCENTRATION CAMP
North Shore Productions/American Public Television
Director: Rory Banyard
The story of the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans and the loss of civil rights.
MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS
Directed by: Jared Hess, Tyler Measom
Producers: Joe Berlinger, Jannat Gargi
NECESSITY: OIL, WATER AND CLIMATE RESISTANCE
Director: John Haaken, Samantha Praus
Grounded in people and places at the heart of the climate crisis, Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying toxic Tar Sands oil through North America. The story unfolds in a setting where indigenous activists and non-indigenous allies make use of the necessity defense in making a moral case for acts of civil disobedience.
Director: Christo Brock
A thirst-inducing documentary profiling the craft beer movement in America – from upstart home-brewers opening their first brick-and-mortar locations to the origin stories of some of the titans of craft beer: Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, and Samuel Adams.
JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH
Director: Bill Haney
Named one of the top 10 films of 2019 by the Washington Post, this documentary feature is a profile of hard-partying harmonica-playing Nobel Prize-winning chemist James Allison, the inventor of cancer curing Immunotherapy.
TO THE EDGE OF THE SKY
Wider Film Projects
Director: Jedd Wider,
From The Wider brothers. producers of Oscar & Emmy-winning films, comes a documentary about families doing the extraordinary – fighting to save their sons’ lives from a debilitating disease. On the way they take on drug companies – and their battle takes them into the halls of Congress.
FROM THE ASHES
Director: Michael Bonfiglio
Executive produced by Michael Bloomberg, From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. The film premiered at the TriBeCa festival.
UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY
Produced by: Rachel Miller,
Directed by: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
95 SENSES (UPCOMING)
Director: Jerusha Hess
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson
Pixar / Disney+
Director: Erica Milsom
Scored for Pixar’s new SparkShorts series
and now streaming on Disney Plus
BACK TO LOVE (TV FILM)
Director: Maura Anderson
A young widow returns home for the first time in three years to help prepare her sister's wedding. She is forced to confront her past, including the man she never expected to fall for.
GRANITE FLATS (TV SERIES)
Director: Scott Swofford
Producer: Vineyard Film Productions
Starring: Richard Gunn, Christopher Lloyd, Parker Posey
When a mysterious object falls from the sky and an Army base explodes, three young amateur sleuths try to unveil the secrets of the small town.