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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

For those in the Los Angeles area Austin Wintory, the Grammy nominated composer of JOURNEY, GRACE, LIVE EVIL, etc. will be at a screening of CAPTAIN ABU RAED (which was performed a few years back by the GSPO) at the New Beverly Cinema both September 18th and 19th. He and director Amin Matalqa will do a Q&A after the screening.
Here are a few samples:
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/12812/CAPTAIN-ABU-RAED/

Very cool score. They just collaborated on another film that is getting ready for release STRANGELY IN LOVE.
http://www.newbevcinema.com/


 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Just noticed the second half of this double bill is THE HEDGEHOG with a really good intimate score by Gabriel Yared. Looking forward to this whole night!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Composers with their films are pretty rare. Thanks Austin!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

Thanks for posting this Morricone! Some background on this. We made the film in Jordan, then recorded the score at Warner Brothers with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. It was an unforgettable experience, watching Austin conduct this big beautiful orchestra for my little film. The influences on the music are the Silvestri/Newman/Kamen scores of the 90's that I so loved, brought through Austin's own original voice. Here's a video from the scoring session. We will also be giving out a couple of gifts after the Q&A. Join us Sept 18 ad 19 at 7:30 at the New Beverly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-sl-FmWnWQ

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Thanks for posting this Morricone! Some background on this. We made the film in Jordan, then recorded the score at Warner Brothers with the Hollywood Studio Symphony. It was an unforgettable experience, watching Austin conduct this big beautiful orchestra for my little film. The influences on the music are the Silvestri/Newman/Kamen scores of the 90's that I so loved, brought through Austin's own original voice. Here's a video from the scoring session. We will also be giving out a couple of gifts after the Q&A. Join us Sept 18 ad 19 at 7:30 at the New Beverly.


Wow, a director totally behind the music!

Great video, fantastic score. Now I am really looking forward to this!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)


This is a good opportunity to thank you for the superb performance of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Varese Anniversary concert. You stood out among a great night of performances!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Last time I was at Amoeba they had a couple Wintory scores (including this one) you could pick up before the screening.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Okay, I just noticed there will be a couple of gifts after the Q&A.


I hope they are of the musical variety. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

Soundtrack and poster signed by the composer and the director. Collector's items one day? Perhaps

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

Link for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/464644

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   amatalqa   (Member)

Link for tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/464644

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Here is one of the reviews that struck my fancy:

This movie is a great one on several levels: 1- It depicts the life in Amman Jordan in a very real way: the difference between the poor (eastern) and rich (western) sides of the city very well. The nostalgic aspects of Amman downtown - the roman ruins everywhere, the stairs, the groups of kids running around ... This is one aspect never found in any previous Jordanian movies.

2- The movie has very capable actors - very expressive faces. The kids in the movie are supposedly 1st time actors, gathered from refugee camps in Jordan. That is AMAZING. They truly acted so natural.

3- amazing soundtrack - the music score adds so much to the emotional scenes - yet, it remains transparent. Perfect combination.

4- the story is very nice, global, humanistic, 3rd world concerns (child employment, familial violence, poverty, class segregation, etc.) I think the story could have been better: I wish it had more depth, I wish the problems presented are not so "cliche". Child employment and familial violence are problems that usually 1st world people "project" on 3rd world countries. However, if you ask 3rd world people about it, chances are they are at the bottom of the list. Not because they are not important, but because there are so many other more pressing problems, AND, because they often tend to be symptoms of poverty & ignorance.

I wish the author has picked a problem where right and wrong are actually much harder to decide. The movie seemed a bit long even at 1.5 hours.

Overall, great job director Matalqa. I am looking forward for his future movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I am thinking of going to the Cayenne Café, next to the New Beverly, for an appropriately Mediterranean bite before the screening. Anyone want to join me?

http://www.cayennecafe.net/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I'm off!

I will also have to thank Wintory for putting this classic assembly together:


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Gotta recommend you see this fantastic film debut of director Amin Matalqa tonight! The film would hit the record books just being the first Jordanian movie AND the inclusion of children from refugee camps as the main characters but that alone does not make a good film
Being a filmmaker myself I cut a lot of slack on first time filmmakers because your first film is the one you do most of your learning from (everybody from Kubrick to Hitchcock had shaky starts) . Amin eschews all the problems I had by nailing the one item most great filmmakers proclaim as 90% of the game - casting!

The main character Captain Abu Raed is played by Jordanian actor Nadim Sawalha. I figured I never heard of him because he probably did mostly middle eastern films - wrong! His filmography had quite a few films that maybe you might recognize THE WIND AND THE LION, SYRIANA, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, A TOUCH OF CLASS, THE AWAKENING, GOLD, THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, LIONHEART, SPHINX, THE SON OF THE PINK PANTHER, SHAFT IN AFRICA, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE AVENGERS and many more plus a ton of TV! His first opportunity here to take center stage and he carries the movie even through some iffy moments. Playing a janitor who has been through a lot he appropriately underplays his role as a fantasy airplane pilot and a spinmeister for the local children. Any questions I would have about Abu are answered in his soulful eyes and wry approach to life.

The other standout role is Rana Sultan as Nour a female airline pilot! It took me a while to realize she is a very secondary character because her presence is so strong and she has some memorable and funny scenes. Also standouts are Hussein Al-Sous and Udey Al-Qiddissi as two key children in the piece.

If I had any disappointments it would be the ending, which after discussing it afterwards, can be open to interpretations as to motive and specifics about what Abu does. It tells me there are times when directors should have a clarity in their storytelling.

But that does not take the luster off of this dazzling film debut. And as to Austin's stellar score, let me give you an example of film music at it's finest. Very early on Captain Raed begins to tell the children stories and my cynicism immediately kicked in. Okay I said to myself, this is the hard part, convince ME these stories would mesmerize these children. Lo and behold what happens is, we hear fragments that suggest these stories might be dazzling in a montage and then Austin takes over. He fills in with a fantasmagorical ride that convinces me the stories ARE indeed dazzling. His soaring strings do the storytelling for Abu. THIS is what film music is all about!

So go to the New Beverly tonight at 7 and be regaled by stories of the making of this Sundance Audience Award winning film, as Amin and Austin play off of each other like a vaudeville team. And pick up a free gift IF there are any left. Have a great time!

http://www.newbevcinema.com/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Looks like tonight's screening is THE film music night since the likes of Robert Townson, Richard Kraft, Peter Hackman, etc. might be attending.

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I will also have to thank Wintory for putting this classic assembly together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zARCP4qb9U


Austin's Goldsmith medley is genius! Thanks for the linking the video, Henry. I felt compelled to put those images together after hearing this wonderful suite played live with Austin conducting the GSPO. It was a bit of a scramble with some of the lower-rez video sources, but once I got going it just flowed. My favorite part is when Jerry's "Star Trek" theme rises up out of the theme from "Rudy" and plays in perfect counterpoint toward the end, at 5:11.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I will also have to thank Wintory for putting this classic assembly together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zARCP4qb9U


Austin's Goldsmith medley is genius! Thanks for the linking the video, Henry. I felt compelled to put those images together after hearing this wonderful suite played live with Austin conducting the GSPO. It was a bit of a scramble with some of the lower-rez video sources, but once I got going it just flowed. My favorite part is when Jerry's "Star Trek" theme rises up out of the theme from "Rudy" and plays in perfect counterpoint toward the end, at 5:11.


And a superb job it was. Wintory even replaced his youtube video with yours.

Another great discovery last night was that director Amin Matalqa is a hardcore film score enthusiast like us. He dedicated CAPTAIN ABU RAED to his grandfather, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris.
Austin said he got into filmmaking just so he could get to the scoring session portion of the process.

Another great story is that Oscar winning composer Gabriel Yared saw this film and offered to score it for $1. Austin told him not to be foolish and take the offer, he would step aside. The only hitch was the film had to be ready for Sundance and in order to use Yared it would have to be delayed. They decided wisely to keep the schedule and go with Austin and they won the Sundance Audience award and Wintory got his first major project, which yielded a soundtrack CD.

 
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