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To Be Friends 27 August 2012

The movie ‘To Be Friends’ is out now! Written and Directed by James Eckhart, with Executive Producer Aaron Eckhart, starring Joelle Carter and Todd Stashwick, with an original soundtrack by me.

If you’re in the US, you can download the entire feature film on Amazon.

The trailer to the movie is beautiful, and features some of my soundtrack music.
Watch it here:

Here’s a TV interview with Jim and Aaron Eckhart:

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Let’s get this year started, yeah! 9 January 2011

The midnight hour approaches and I am ready to recline after a pretty epic first week of 2011. Non-stop creativity is what I like best, which is why I’m delighted that the week/year kicked off with news that one of the feature films I composed the soundtrack to last year, To Be Friends, is in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. There will be two screenings, January 29 and February 6. For sure our director Jim Eckhart will be there, also confirmed are Joelle Carter and Todd Stashwick, I’m absolutely there, and between you and me, I’m pretty sure Aaron Eckhart will be coming out to support his film too.

And then I was in the studio with David J as he started the final sessions for his new album, ‘Not Long For This World‘. Let me tell you, it is sounding great. David’s vocals are underlined with unusual acoustic textures and sounds throughout the recordings including grand piano, drums and layers of my violin, viola, cello and bowed bowls. A lot of love going into it from one and all. That was Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday I continued writing my book, a project I’m aiming to complete in the next month or two for an awesome independent publisher, Process Media. They publish thoughtful books that are beautifully presented and carefully placed. We’ve been collectively trying to create the time and space for my book for over three years now, but it looks like it may well be happening this Spring. Keeping everything crossed.

And then Friday came, a day in the studio, this time with Kerry Brown and Kevin Dippold, with a visit from Don Bolles and Nora Keys from Fancy Space People, and a new friend, Lukas. It is always a magical day in Kerry’s studio, always… but, well, Friday was very extra super special. More about that soon.

Saturday I made space for writing (words and music), then a late night jam with some talented Topangans. And then tonight was a really fun time with the dashing Todd Stashwick at a great little theatre in Hollywood named Bang Studio. The show was utterly hilarious, an improv comedy show with a cast of six incredibly elastic and elastically-faced (think Jim Carey, but different) comedian/actors and a little band of players that comprised of me on cello and nylon-stringed guitar, a gentleman on upright bass, and another gent on steel-stringed acoustic guitar. That’s me and Todd gazing at angels at the top of the blog post. We love angels.

Jim and Aaron Eckhart on the red carpet… 23 September 2010

Boston was a blast! The audience and media response to the World Premier of To Be Friends was truly mind-blowing. An award for Best Cinematography for our DP Josh Silfen, happy smiling talent and team. Big thanks for Jason Mandl for making it all happen smoothly, to Todd and Joelle for being such fantastic friends, and to the Eckhart and Sawyer families for being awesome.

A magical evening for the whole To Be Friends family.

I’ll let you know the details on upcoming premiers and events in a theater near you…

Leading lady Joelle Carter, me and director Jim Eckhart

Joelle and leading man Todd Stashwick

Jim Eckhart, Todd Stashwick, Joelle Carter, Josh Silfen, me and producer Rick Sawyer

Aaron and me with one of the organizers of the festival

Todd, me and Joelle having a fun time

Producer Jason Mandl doing his job 24/7 to make it all happen!

Enjoying this awesome night

All photos by Rick Sawyer, Kathy Sawyer and Chris Carlber…

P.S. I’m wearing a Stewart+Brown organic eco-dress, and handmade crystal and peacock accessories by Christa from The Woolly Bandits. Big thank you to them xo

Boston premier for To Be Friends 28 August 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that To Be Friends, starring Joelle Carter and Todd Stashwick, written and Directed by Jim Eckhart, and produced by Aaron Eckhart has been given the honor of opening the Boston Film Festival!

Check out the trailers here…

I composed the soundtrack to this movie, coached the actors how to play violin and cello, and also did a little “body-doubling” for close-ups of hands and stuff. I first received the draft screenplay in 2008, saw the whole process unwind from paper to finding the actors, cinematographer and editor, and then had the honor to live on location for a month during filming, supervising the music scenes just out of shot.

Truly a dream movie project for a strings composer… what an amazing experience!
Can’t wait to see and hear the movie in the big movie theater in Boston.

I’m on location 17 March 2009

the barn

I went to check out the movie location today with director Jim Eckhart and the producers, and it is stunning. Set in some of the most beautiful coastline countryside California has to offer, this is going to be a beautiful movie. A far cry from the gritty streets of LA… It reminds me a bit of Herefordshire, or maybe even Devonshire in the UK.

The acoustics here are interesting – there some slap-back from the mountains. You can see the barn in this shot that will be home to much of the action, including some of the scenes where the actors play violin and cello. As well as composing the full underscore to this movie, I’m coaching the actors how to pretend to play strings, and am recording the music they’ll be miming to.

The barn is big and empty, with lots of hard wooden surfaces. It has a nice echo, which I’m really excited about. These strings are going to sound great!

Here’s a clip of how it sounds:

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