Documentary: Family & Youth Initiative

Proud to have been part of the winning team for Stone Soup Films Doc in a Day competition in support of the Family & Youth Initiative. fyishot
Thanks to Gianmarco Antosca, Elliot Blumberg, and Frank Turner for putting together such a powerful film in such a short time, and for such a good cause.

Check it out the finished product here: http://www.stonesoupfilms.org/film/family-youth-initiative/

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Album: Progeny (unmastered)

Finally adding this to the online catalog. It’s been a while since I’ve visited these songs, but I’m proud to release the unmastered compositions from Sara Mast’s ‘Soundings’ entitled Progeny (unmastered). These seven tracks are my contribution to a collaborative multimedia project that explores the construction of shared identity within four generations of our own family through the lens of my grandfather’s legacy. Gifford Morrison Mast (1914-1972) was an early pioneer of American industrial design, an inventor, a physicist, and an optics expert with a particular interest in stereo optics. progeny-coverDuring a trip to Bozeman, MT in 2013 I composed these seven pieces of music using recorded interviews of my family members. The central character of these stories is my late grandmother, Beth Mast, who shared with us many memories and stories of my grandfather. Although many of the pieces are abstract representations of the time I spent with my family uncovering these stories some of the pieces are more explicit and paint a picture of my grandfather that I hadn’t seen before.

Documentary: I Will Go Back Tonight

This year I had the privilege of scoring Kara Frame’s short documentary, I Will Go Back Tonight, a moving piece which investigates the lives of six veterans living with post traumatic stress disorder, “a natural reaction to an unnatural situation.” This short documentary is as intimate as it is visceral, delving into the darkness and tragedy of war as it lingers on, pervading the lives of those involved and their loved ones. I urge you to watch and listen to the stories of these men and women, and to give thanks for their continued service to the people of the United States of America.

Documentary: Armila

The people of Guna Yala are strong, beautiful, nurturing, amicable, and tuned to the songs of life by the sea. Having lived in Guna Yala myself several years ago I had a very close connection with this documentary which was masterfully shot and edited by Elliot Blumberg, and I was honored to provide the score.

“Armila is a 600-person village in the indigenous Guna Yala region of Panama. Regional pride is ubiquitous, but as Western customs, technologies and ideals are adopted by the people, parts of their culture erode under economic and technological pressures. No one opposes access to vaccines, electricity or more durable building materials, but exposure to mass media, plastic and the almighty dollar has forever changed the ancient culture in just a few short decades.

This film explores the tension points between indigenous and Western culture in this community – it juxtaposes the dualities that exist in the village and measures the impact of their collision on Guna society and the surrounding environment.”