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  • Lesley Barber - Manchester by the Sea

    Nov 18, 2016

    NOW IN THEATERS! Manchester by the Sea, scored by Lesley Barber!

    Lesley Barber - Manchester by the Sea

    Nov 18, 2016

    Kenneth Lonergan’s highly-anticipated Oscar contender Manchester by the Sea scored by Lesley Barber is now in theaters!

    The drama stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler, and has been garnering incredible reviews across the board. From The New York Post, The LA Times, and Deadline to CNN, Rolling Stone, and Variety, it’s easy to see how Manchester by the Sea has asserted itself as one of the top films of the year.

    Lesley’s gorgeous score is especially notable. Entertainment Weekly writes: “Manchester by the Sea is easily one of the best movies of the year — a thoughtful, heartbreaking tale centered on a man… who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown following the death of his brother, only to discover he’s been made the sole guardian of his teenage nephew. It’s not surprising, then, that those same feelings are also evoked by the film’s gorgeous, a cappella main theme…”

    Lesley discusses the score’s source of inspiration – the Puritans and pilgrims who settled the region where the story is set: “There was something in that, in the vocal music of that time, and there was something there about the idea of trying to start over, and having experienced something that was a profound, traumatic kind of experience… It felt like a good fit to start with some of these melodies and develop themes from them. So that was something I locked into.”

    The Hollywood Reporter featured Lesley in their annual Composer Roundtable – the first female composer to be included in the roundtable’s eight-year history, where she discussed her approach to film scoring. Click here for the full article.

    Manchester by the Sea’s limited release begins November 18th, with a nation-wide rollout in the following weeks. For more information, including local showtimes, please visit the official website.

  • Roger Neill - 20th Century Women @ NYFF

    Oct 4, 2016

    20th Century Women scored by Roger Neill premieres at NYFF this week!

    Roger Neill - 20th Century Women @ NYFF

    Oct 4, 2016

    Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women scored by Roger Neill premieres at the 54th New York Film Festival this week as the Centerpiece Film!

    The film stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Alia Shawkat, and has been generating some notable press. The Hollywood Reporter quotes NYFF director Kent Jones: “It’s made with an extraordinarily unusual level of craft and attention to detail, human and visual, which is now all but extinct… Mike Mills and his remarkable cast approach the level of the uncanny.” Variety and Wired also allude to Oscar nominations. Roger’s impressionistic score combines super cool electronics and live instruments to underpin the pathos on the screen.


    20th Century Women is scheduled for limited release on December 25.

  • Don't Think Twice | Equity

    Jul 29, 2016

    Don’t Think Twice scored by Roger Neill and Equity scored by Alexis & Sam hit theaters today!

    Don't Think Twice | Equity

    Jul 29, 2016

    Don’t Think Twice scored by Roger Neill and Equity scored by Alexis & Sam hit theaters today!

    Don’t Think Twice, the sophomore directorial effort from comedian Mike Birbiglia, delves into the darker side of improv, and has been hailed by critics as “an impressive feat on all accounts” (The Wrap). Rolling Stone writes “Birbiglia, a filmmaking talent to watch, allows the emotions in his film to sneak up on you, like they do in life.”

    Equity, the Wall Street drama written, produced, directed, and starred in by women, premiered to fantastic reviews at Sundance (The Guardian), and The New York Times exclaims “Equity pulls off a difficult balancing act with an elegance that should not be underestimated. It turns its unflappable gaze on a maddeningly complex reality and transforms it into a swift, clear and exciting story.” The film is currently in limited release, with a national rollout to follow August 12th.

  • Brian Reitzell - American Gods

    May 6, 2016

    Brian Reitzell is handling composing and music supervision duties for the highly-anticipated Starz drama American Gods.

    Brian Reitzell - American Gods

    May 6, 2016

    Brian Reitzell is handling composing and music supervision duties for the highly-anticipated Starz drama American Gods.

    Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, the series centers on a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. David Slade is directing the pilot, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are serving as showrunners.

    Brian previously worked with Slade and Fuller on NBC’s critically acclaimed series Hannibal.

  • Sundance 2016

    Jan 26, 2016

    Our clients are having an incredible run at Sundance 2016! Here are some highlights from the festival!

    Sundance 2016

    Jan 26, 2016




    Our clients are having an incredible run at the Sundance Film Festival! Here are some highlights from the week so far.

    Lesley Barber | Manchester By The Sea
    After an intense bidding war, Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama Manchester By The Sea for $10 million. The film stars Casey Affleck as Lee, loaf by night, janitor by day, who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

    Variety’s glowing review of the film describes Lesley Barber’s score as an extension of the characters, whose discord “extends even to the music, courtesy of composer Lesley Barber and music supervisor Linda Cohen, which adds yet another deliberate layer of cacophony… Only a wordless, beautifully harmonized vocal performance, recurring at key intervals, offers the respite of something resembling silence.”

    Fil Eisler | Newtown
    Hailed by Variety as an “elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning,” this documentary delves into the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Massacre that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six staff members. The film premiered Sunday to rave reviews.

    After being asked to write the score, Fil quickly realized that the subject matter was just too overwhelming for a father of a four year old. He consulted with the filmmakers, who gave him approval to open the scoring process to other renowned composers, all of whom were moved by the film’s subject matter.

    Sam Retzer & Tim Boland | Spa Night
    Spa Night, scored by Sam Retzer and Tim Boland, is the first feature-length film from Korean-American director Andrew Ahn. The film explores the complexity of identity in the Los Angeles Korean-American community, touching on issues of class, race, religion, and sexuality.

    The Wrap has noted Ahn as one of their “13 Hot Directors to Watch.” RogerEbert.com praises Ahn as a “new and necessary voice in indie cinema.”

    Alexis & Sam | Equity
    Sony Pictures Classics acquired the worldwide rights to Equity, which stars Anna Gunn as an investment banker who gets entangled in a controversial public offering.

    The film is the first female-driven Wall Street drama, in the same vein as The Big Short and Margin Call.

    Graham Reynolds | Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny
    “One of the most enriching and enjoyable docs about a filmmaker in recent memory” – The Hollywood Reporter

    Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, scored by Graham Reynolds and directed by Karen Bernstein and Louis Black, gives unprecedented access to Linklater’s history, including rare footage, journals, and even budgets – the documentary feels as if it were told through the perspective of an old friend.

  • Childhood's End - Charlie Clouser

    Dec 18, 2015

    SyFy’s drama Childhood’s End scored by Charlie Clouser premiered this week to rave reviews!

    Childhood's End - Charlie Clouser

    Dec 18, 2015

    SyFy’s drama Childhood’s End scored by Charlie Clouser premiered this week to rave reviews!

    Based on the the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

    Den of Geek hails the show as “an impressive adaptation… the event series probably contains some of the best visual work Syfy has ever produced.”

    The three part miniseries is available for streaming at SyFy’s website. The album is available for purchase at iTunes.

  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    Oct 20, 2015

    Congratulations Abel Korzeniowski, Fil Eisler, and Bruce Gilbert on your Hollywood Music in Media nominations!

    Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    Oct 20, 2015

    Congratulations Abel Korzeniowski, Fil Eisler, and Bruce Gilbert on your Hollywood Music in Media nominations!

    Fil received a nod for his fantastic score to FOX’s hit show Empire, Abel is nominated for both score and main title for his Emmy-nominated work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, and Bruce for his music supervision on Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black!

    The Hollywood Music in Media Awards is the only awards show specifically devoted to the celebration of music in visual media (film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers). The award ceremony will take place in Hollywood on November 11.

  • Welcome Tim Kvasnosky

    Oct 31, 2016

    EMP would like to welcome our newest client Tim Kvasnosky (AKA Tim K)!

    Welcome Tim Kvasnosky

    Oct 31, 2016

    EMP would like to welcome our newest client Tim Kvasnosky (AKA Tim K)!

    Tim scored King Cobra, which is now playing in select theaters / VOD. The crime drama, directed by Justin Kelly and distributed by IFC Films, is based on the 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis (Christian Slater) by two aspiring producers (James Franco and Keegan Allen). For local showtimes, click here.

    Tim has recently completed scoring Justin Kelly’s follow-up film Welcome The Stranger, starring Riley Keough. His credits include the film I Am Michael (2015), Participant Media’s TV series Welcome to Fairfax (2014), and ads for Google, Target, McDonalds, Nike, Volkswagen, Corona, and Bulgari. As a producer and musician, Tim has also worked with artists such as Esthero, Rahzel, Lisa Shaw, and Kat DeLuna under the moniker Tim K.

    For more information, please visit Tim’s official website.

  • TIFF 2016 - Korzeniowski, Barber, Goldsmith

    Sep 15, 2016

    EMP clients have several films screening at this year’s festival!

    TIFF 2016 - Korzeniowski, Barber, Goldsmith

    Sep 15, 2016

    EMP clients have several films screening at this year’s festival!

    On the heels of its Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, scored by Abel Korzeniowski, had its North American premiere on Sunday night. Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon were in attendance, and the critically acclaimed film (FirstShowing.net naming Abel as one of the “biggest standouts” of the film, as well as kudos from The Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo Movies, and Variety) thrilled the premiere audience.

    Manchester By The Sea scored by Lesley Barber had its Canadian premiere. Regarded as one of the most anticipated films of this fall, the Kenneth Lonergan drama is sure to be a serious Oscar contender in many categories including its outstanding score.

    Burn Your Maps and Unless – both scored by Jonathan Goldsmith – had their world premieres at the festival! Unless, directed by Alan Gilsenan and based on Carol Shields’ novel, follows a writer struggling with her daughter’s decision to drop out of college and live on the streets. Jordan Roberts’ Burn Your Maps is the charming and moving adventure story of an eight-year-old boy who is convinced that he actually hails from the steppes of Mongolia, leading his troubled parents on an incredible family voyage.

  • BRAVO ABEL KORZENIOWSKI!

    Jul 14, 2016

    Congratulations Abel Korzeniowski on your second Emmy nomination for Penny Dreadful!

    BRAVO ABEL KORZENIOWSKI!

    Jul 14, 2016

    Congratulations Abel Korzeniowski on your Emmy nomination for Penny Dreadful!

    For the second year in a row, Abel is nominated for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series for his incredible work on Showtime’s critically-acclaimed horror drama Penny Dreadful!

  • Eye In The Sky - Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker

    Mar 21, 2016

    Rave reviews are pouring in! Eye In The Sky delivers smart, thought-provoking insight into the moral complexity of modern drone warfare.

    Eye In The Sky - Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker

    Mar 21, 2016

    Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker and distributed by Bleecker Street, is gaining wide acclaim, drawing comparisons to Dr. Strangelove and 12 Angry Men.

    The gripping war drama, directed by Gavin Hood, stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman. The film explores the complexities of modern drone warfare, when complications arise during a drone missile strike aimed to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi.

    “With the compelling and thrilling new drama Eye In The Sky, we finally have a drone movie worth cheering about… Oscar-winning South African director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) and screenwriter Guy Hibbert have tackled the controversial subject head-on…” – Deadline.com

    “…this soberingly effective ­nail-biter follows the tactical, legal and ethical implications of a drone operation in East Africa… And in Hood’s capable hands, what could easily be a talky, theatrical chamber piece turns into a dynamic work of cinema. The characters and the tense, increasingly dire dialogue drive the action of “Eye in the Sky…”” – The Washington Post

    Eye In The Sky is currently in limited release, with a wide release scheduled for early April. To watch the trailer, click here.

  • Fil Eisler - Newtown

    Jan 22, 2016

    Newtown, the Sandy Hook documentary with music composed and commissioned by Fil Eisler, premieres at Sundance this weekend.

    Fil Eisler - Newtown

    Jan 22, 2016

    Newtown, the Sandy Hook documentary with music composed and commissioned by Fil Eisler, premieres at Sundance this weekend.

    The documentary explores the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, in which 20 first-graders and six staff members were killed in the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Variety has described the creation of the score as “the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter.”

    After being asked to write the score, Fil quickly realized that the subject matter was just too overwhelming for a father of a four year old. He consulted with the filmmakers and they gave him the approval to open up the scoring process to other great composers, all of whom felt equally passionate about contributing. Contributors include George S. Clinton, Deborah Lurie, Christopher Drake, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Sean Callery, Miriam Cutler, Jeff Danna, Rob Duncan, Christopher Lennertz, Dino Meneghin, Mikael Sandgren, Gingger Shankar, Rob Simonsen, Mark Renk, and Blake Neely.

    For more information on Newtown, please visit the official website: newtownfilm.com

  • Fil Eisler

    Dec 14, 2015

    Fil Eisler is wrapping up How To Be Single and starting work on CHiPs!

    Fil Eisler

    Dec 14, 2015

    Fil Eisler is putting the finishing touches on his score to How To Be Single, the Warner Brothers comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, and Alison Brie. The film hits theaters February 12.

    He’s also commencing work on CHiPs! Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the screen version of the famous TV series, with Shepard also serving as director and co-writer.

    It’s been an exciting year for Fil! Aside from his film work, he’s also scored two hit TV shows – Fox’s Empire and Lifetime’s UnREAL.

  • Starr Parodi - The Heart of Frida

    Oct 17, 2016

    For your consideration: “The Heart of Frida” by Starr Parodi.

    Starr Parodi - The Heart of Frida

    Oct 17, 2016

    Starr Parodi’s latest composition “The Heart of Frida” is up for consideration for best Contemporary Classical Composition in the final round of Grammy nominations!

    NARAS Members:
    click here for info & to listen to the album


    The Heart of Frida just entered the ZMR radio play charts at no. 8, and is garnering rave reviews: “Surely no one, however, could coax more passionate feelings and rainbow colors out of the instrument than Starr… The Heart of Frida belongs in the library of anyone who loves brilliantly and emotionally crafted music.” Mark Vail, Keyboard Magazine. Keith Hannaleck of MuzikMan Reviews hails, “Solo piano music does not get much better than The Heart of Frida and I could not say it any more succinctly than that… If there is such a thing as musical perfection, then this is as close as it gets.”

    Starr’s previous album Common Places won solo piano album of the year at Solo Piano Radio, praised by KCRW’s Chris Douridas: "This deeply passionate and beautiful recording (Common Places) is one of the best albums of the year.”

    For more information on Starr and her work both as a composer and as a recording artist, please visit her official website.

  • KICKS - Brian Reitzell

    Sep 9, 2016

    KICKS scored by Brian Reitzell is now in theaters!

    KICKS - Brian Reitzell

    Sep 9, 2016

    KICKS scored by Brian Reitzell is now in theaters!

    Director Justin Tipping’s feature debut tells the coming-of-age story of fifteen year old Brandon, who dreams of owning a pair of Air Jordans in hopes that merely having them on his feet will help him escape his reality of poverty and bullying. Soon after he gets his hands on them, they’re stolen by a local hood, sending Brandon and his two friends on a dangerous mission through Oakland to retrieve them.

    The soundtrack is released by Back Lot Music, and in addition to Brian’s score features tracks from Wu-Tang Clan and Mac Dre, as well as newer artists like Iamsu! and RJD2. The Playlist has a great rundown of the soundtrack on their website. Click here to read more.

    To watch the trailer, click here. For local showtimes and tickets, click here.

  • Fil Eisler - CHiPs

    Jun 22, 2016

    Fil Eisler is wrapping up his score to the upcoming Warner Bros. action comedy CHiPs.

    Fil Eisler - CHiPs

    Jun 22, 2016

    Fil Eisler is wrapping up his score to the upcoming Warner Bros. action comedy CHiPs.

    The film adaptation, written and directed by Dax Shepard, stars Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, and follows the two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles. The cast includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, Vida Guerra, and Kristen Bell.

    Earlier this year, Fil wrapped How to be Single for New Line Cinema. Next up is the sci-fi action feature The Titan starring Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, and Agyness Deyn.

    CHiPs hits theaters August 11.

  • March Film Premieres - Erran Baron Cohen, Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker, Bryan Senti

    Mar 10, 2016

    The Brothers Grimsby scored by Erran Baron Cohen, Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker, and Backgammon scored by Bryan Senti hit theaters this Friday!

    March Film Premieres - Erran Baron Cohen, Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker, Bryan Senti

    Mar 10, 2016


    Three films by EMP clients are hitting the theaters this weekend:

    Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious British spy spoof The Brothers Grimsby, scored by Erran Baron Cohen, hits theaters nationwide! Distributed by Sony Pictures, the film centers on a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan who reunites with his long-lost brother (a deadly MI6 agent) to prevent a massive global terror attack. Click here for the trailer.

    Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker and distributed by Bleecker Street, is opening in very limited release, with a wide release due in the coming weeks. The gripping war drama is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman. The film explores the complexities of modern drone warfare, when complications arise during a drone missile strike aimed to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi. To watch the trailer, click here.

    Francisco Orvañanos’ psychological indie thriller Backgammon, scored by Bryan Senti, tells the story of a young man who is drawn into the web of two questionable bohemians – with disastrous results. Watch the trailer here.

  • Golden Globes

    Dec 23, 2015

    Congratulations to our Golden Globe nominated shows!

    Golden Globes

    Dec 23, 2015

    Congratulations to our Golden Globe nominated shows! Empire scored by Fil Eisler, Transparent and Orange is the New Black music supervised by Bruce Gilbert, and Mozart in the Jungle scored by Roger Neill.
  • Introducing Bryan Senti

    Nov 16, 2015

    New EMP signing Bryan Senti is having a very active year!

    Introducing Bryan Senti

    Nov 16, 2015

    New EMP signing Bryan Senti is having a very active year. Bryan scored the recent critically-acclaimed release Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Winona Ryder, Taryn Manning, and Peter Sarsgaard, and is receiving some excellent notices for the score:

    …Experimenter becomes a compelling experience, a film of ideas that is almost a tone poem, too (thanks in part to Bryan Senti’s music).Herald.net

    …Bryan Senti’s music finds a balance between scientific detachment and sorrow over the human capacity for cruelty.Vulture.com

    Bryan also scored scored the 2015 Sundance documentary selection and HBO acquisition How to Dance in Ohio as well as the Tribeca Audience Award winner King Jack, directed by Felix Thompson. He is currently scoring Killer Films’ London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone.

    For more information on Bryan, please visit his official website bryansenti.com.