Music in Film
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CASE STUDY: SYMPHONY OF HOPE
A conversation between the principal creators of A Symphony of Hope - the music and the film.
On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands and leaving even more homeless. Christopher Lennertz, inspired by his friendship with Hands Together founders Father Tom Hagan and Doug Campbell, thought to use music to reignite hope. Lennertz conceived of a unique collaborative process: starting with a Haitian folk theme, 25 of Hollywood's most award-winning composers wrote symphonic sections sequentially, like a musical chain-letter, to tell the story of the tragedy, its horrible aftermath and the ongoing relief and recovery efforts. Documentary filmmaker Brian Weidling wove together the tragic events, the creative compassion of the Los Angeles musical community, and a story of hope through music in Haiti's poorest slum, to bring to the screen the remarkable story of Symphony of Hope.
Christopher Lennertz: Star Wars, Van Halen, and Bye Bye Birdie may be responsible for his love for movies, music and musical theater, it was a chance meeting with Henry Mancini in college that changed Christopher Lennertz's life forever. Impressed by Mancini's ability to compose and produce for any genre, Lennertz has modeled his career to be just as diverse. This eclectic ability become his signature.
Lennertz has written music for some of the world's greatest storytellers: futuristic dystopian Americana for J.J. Abrams' Revolution; the lush orchestral melodies of Steven Spielberg's Medal of Honor series; stark, out of tune gospel piano for Thanks for Sharing; the powerful urban hip hop defining Ice Cube's tough as nails cop in Ride Along; even soaring heroics for a hot dog saving the world in Seth Rogen's Sausage Party. Working with writer/producer Eric Kripke led to an Emmy nomination for the cult hit Supernatural and he earned a Grammy for his arrangements on Ozomatli's album Street Signs. Lennertz is one of the most important composers in Holywood today.
Lucas Richman: Grammy Award-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, Richman's music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States, including the New York Philharmonic and Boston Pops. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations, including the symphonies of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Knoxville. 2015 saw the Albany Records release of a critically-acclaimed CD featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing three compositions, including his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth.
Brian Weidling: A native of Hillsborough, NJ, Brian is a graduate of Emerson College where he studied television and film producing. He started his professional career assisting the Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Mutual Film Company on critically acclaimed films such as "Saving Private Ryan", "A Simple Plan" and "The Truman Show". In 2003 Brian produced and directed "The Goal-Claudio Reyna", a four-year odyssey following the US men's soccer team captain's journey through the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. The film was narrated by Robert Duvall and critically acclaimed by Sports Illustrated as a 'soccer nut's dream'. In August 2012, Tumbleweed Entertainment released "Speak" theatrically to critical acclaim. "Speak" followed the journey of the finalists for The World Championship of Public Speaking. Brian is currently in production directing "Cashel: 21 and Counting", about a boy with a genetic disorder that has lived his entire life in bed.
Christopher Scott "Chris" Brooks: A music producer, editor, author, and film educator, Brooks is best known for his work with composer Michael Kamen. Beginning with the iconic Lethal Weapon, he forged a 25-year relationship with Kamen, editing and producing the scores for such Hollywood blockbusters as Die Hard (and sequels), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Don Juan DeMarco, The Three Musketeers, and Mr. Holland's Opus, for which he won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for music editing.
Brooks early work includes many critically acclaimed films, with Scorcese's Goodfellas ranking at the top. Relationships with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Richard Donner, and John Waters, and composers Randy Newman, Elliot Goldenthal and Thomas Dolby, fill his resume. He continues to work with some of the finest talents in the business, including Rob Reiner, Werner Herzog, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman. His latest projects include Rebecca Miller's HBO documentary Arthur Miller: Writer and the Netflix feature Our Souls at Night,starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
Doreen Ringer Ross is Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she directs all activities serving composers for screen. She has established key programs for composers, including the Sundance Composer's Lab and the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop. She oversees BMI's film scoring scholarships at USC, UCLA and Berklee College of Music, and has created artist development platforms with the Sundance Film Festival, IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP Filmmakers Conference, Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. Ringer-Ross serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, is a member of the Peabody Awards Board, Advisory Board of the American Youth Symphony, Advisory Board for the IFP Filmmaker Labs, and is on the Board of the World Soundtrack Award.