THE BIGFOOT HUNTERS Screenings and Awards!

Recently THE BIGFOOT HUNTERS has been screening and picking up some awards. The short film has been accepted to Best Shorts Festival. Recently the film received an Award of Merit from The Indie Fest Film Awards.

There is a chance to catch a screening at the LA International Underground Film Festival where the film will be in Block 4 on December 7th, starting at 6:15PM-7:45PM. Get tickets here: http://laufilmfest.com/Tickets.html

TOY MASTERS Sneak Preview!

Catch a sneak preview of TOY MASTERS at Chicago Filmmakers next week! 

Co-presented with the Chicago Cinema Society, Chicago Filmmakers will be screening the first sneak preview of TOY MASTERS, a documentary that takes a retro look inside Mattel's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe world, cartoon, and the key players involved with creating Mattel's highly successful toy line.

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time: 8:00pm

Where: 5243 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets and information found at chicagofilmmakers.org

 

 

 

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TOY MASTERS: HOW HE-MAN AND MATTEL CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE

"The REAL story behind the greatest toy line every created..."

The final stages of completing the musical score for the TOY MASTERS documentary are underway.

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Directors Roger Lay Jr. and Corey Landis came up with the idea to delve into the world of He-Man toys in 2012.  Since then, they've uncovered many twists and turns to the story that brought about Mattel's most successful toy line....

Here is a great summary of the film written by the folks at Chicago Filmmakers:

Chances are, if you were a young fantasy nut growing up in the early '80s, you had a collection of Mattel's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toys piled high in your bedroom, you grooved to the animated Filmation cartoon series, and even waited in line for Cannon’s ill-fated movie version, starring a well-oiled Dolph Lundgren. TOY MASTERS goes behind the scenes and divulges in fascinating, hilarious, and revealing detail a decades-old rivalry and bitter clash over credit between several former Mattel employees, each of whom claim to be responsible for creating these beloved characters and product line. Childhood He-Man fans-turned-filmmakers Roger Lay, Jr. and Corey Landis set out to track down every single player in the development and production of the mega-selling toy line in order to get to the bottom of this story. Along the way, they interview the key creative personnel behind every version of those action figures and all other incarnations of Masters of the Universe including such genre luminaries as J. Michael Straczyski (Babylon 5), FX Oscar-winner Richard Edlund (Star Wars), movie concept artist William Stout (Conan the Barbarian), Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, Masters of the Universe movie director Gary Goddard, the animated show’s key voice cast, and many others. TOY MASTERS reveals that the fight for the universe pales in comparison to the one waged for creative acknowledgment.

 

LA Comedy Shorts 2014

Come watch a screening of OUR URBAN WILDERNESS at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

OUR URBAN WILDERNESS will be included in Film Block "One-der Woman" at 2:30 PM  on Friday, May 16th at the Downtown Independent Theater!

Visit lacomedyshorts.com for more information.

OUR URBAN WILDERNESS WINS AWARD

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OUR URBAN WILDERNESS, a new mockumentary with original music by me, took home the Best Creative Short Film Award at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival this past weekend.  The film is a rewriting of American history telling the story of a true national icon, the North American shopping cart, from prehistory to present modern day. Congratulations to director Johnny Winningham!

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OUR URBAN WILDERNESS

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OUR URBAN WILDERNESS, a new mockumentary with original music by me, will be playing at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival on Sunday, August 18th, NOON, at the Vancouver Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver, Washington. The music was originally composed for a radio play, also directed by Johnny Winningham, but now has found a permanent home in this funny new film. I'm excited the music will finally be heard at last.

THE TABLE IS A FINALIST AT THE PARK CITY FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL

In good news, my score to The Table turned out to be a finalist at the Park City Film Music Festival. I want to thank Leslie Harlow and the team at PCFMF for making me feel welcomed and putting on another great festival. 9 years! I hope to make it to the 10th next year.

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The winners of the Park City Film Music Festival's Documentary Category:

First Place for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary: Composer Joel Douek for "Flying Monsters 3D"

Finalists in this category were the following films: 
CONFIDENCE MAN
GETTYSBURG: THE SPEECH THAT SAVED AMERICA
LOST YEARS
THE SKIN I'M IN
THE TABLE

RAY BRADBURY 1920-2012

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I wanted to post my appreciation and memory of Ray Bradbury today on news of his passing. I'll never forget when I was asked to write music for a short film the summer of 2000. I had just made a permanent move to Los Angeles, and being fresh out of school, I advertised myself as a composer looking to collaborate with filmmakers. I was fortunate to meet my director friend Roger Lay who presented me with his short film called Homecoming. It was based on Bradbury's short story "The Lake" from his bookThe October CountryHomecoming became the first of three films based on Bradbury's great writing that Roger and I collaborated on and that I had the pleasure of writing music for. We collaborated on these quality stories within the first few years of living in Hollywood which was exciting and gave us a lot of encouragement. The second film I worked on was A Piece of Wood, a short from Long After Midnight. It was shot on 35mm, our first indie short and a bit longer (it was a perfect Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories type of project). The latest (and hopefully not the last) was Chrysalis, a short story from his book S is for Space, where we were able to get a music budget and make a feature length version of Bradbury's work for the first time. DuringChrysalis Roger worked closely with the man himself, adapting his story into a screenplay. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Bradbury a couple of times. In fact, I'll never forget the time I attended a stage production of Fahrenheit 451 in Pasadena with him sitting directly in front of me in the audience. What impressed me the most was how each ending of a Ray Bradbury story was so inspiring and stayed in your mind long after reading or watching it unfold. Thank you Mr. Bradbury for the inspiration. We will miss you.

Deceit

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Deceit is a noir short written and directed by Phil Abatecola hitting the festival circuit soon.  Brandon completed the score for the movie back in April.

Synopsis:
In the affluence and extravagance of Hollywood, a California detective confronts a mysterious jewel thief that he's been trailing for years.  But is he really there to serve justice or for something else?... Obsession, paranoia, and duplicity abounds.  At every turn our detective stumbles along unaware of the trick his long-time nemesis has in store for him.

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"Unexpectedly Inspiring"

Search My Trash reviewer Mike Haberfelner gave "The Table" a very good review stating, "The Table is a touching portrayal of the other side of Hollywood."

Read the full review at Search My Trash.

produced by 
Ana Barredo, Phil Bishop, Roger Lay jr, Mark Scott Zicree for Grand Fenwick Productions, Urban Archipelago.
directed by Ana Barredo.
starring Mark Scott Zicree, Elaine Zicree, James Troesh, Mark Haynes, James Metropole, Armin Shimerman, Neil Johnson, Guillermo del Toro, and more.
music by Brandon Moore.

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