Movie Night with Berklee Film Composers
We had a packed house for our semesterly Movie Night with Berklee Composers event. Kicking things off, Learning Center staff Chris Fitzgerald discussed the upcoming film scoring contest and networking event going on in the fall 2011 semester. Berklee students will have the opportunity to score a film, compete for prizes, and network with film students from all over New England. To further explain the contest, Chris played the winning score, and the runner-up from last film scoring contest. The film is called Wham, directed by NYU Tisch School for the Arts Asia student Chris Martin, and the composers featured were John Nye and Greg Martin. Next film, Retrato De Una Familia (Portrait of a Family) was scored by Berklee grad Manuel Garcia Albornoz. The film was a snapshot of a Colombian family's turmoil following the death of the family patriarch. Manuel is currently is Ecuador, so we did a Q&A session with him via Skype. After Manuel, current Berklee student Navid Hejazi screened the film Strawberries, a look at difficult choices facing a little girl as she saves up for something special. Next was the film Prisoner of War, a story about the experiences of an American soldier in a Vietnamese prison camp during the Vietnam War, scored by Marley Magner, also a current Berklee student. Lastly were Berklee alumni Cesar Suarez, composer, and Matteo Stronati, sound supervisor, and the film Lover's Leap, a comedy about the pressures of high school life. Cesar met the director of the film at the Music for Film Networking Event in spring 2010 semester.
Special thanks to Northeastern lecturer Hubert Ho, for bringing 27 members of his American Music course to the film screening!