Category Archives: Film Scores

MINDING THE GAP with score by Halpern & Ruggiero debuts, wins award at 2018 Sundance film festival

Nathan Halpern and I just recently completed the score to Bing Lui’s debut feature doc MINDING THE GAP, and the reception as Sundance 2018 has been phenomenal;  by the end of the festival the film was enjoying prominence as the best reviewed film of Sundance 2018.

“Less than a week after its sold-out world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap by Bing Liu won the US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking last night at the fest’s official award ceremonies in Park City.  US Documentary Competition Juror Barbara Chai presented the award, saying:

“We are so exited to celebrate this extraordinary documentary for its vivacity and freshness of spirit, its unexpected revelation of personal detail, and dazzling, un-choreographed sequences that possess the athleticism and grace of ballet.”

The emotional world premiere of Minding the Gap was attended by film subjects Keire Johnson, Zack Mulligan, Kent Abernathy and Mengyue Bolen. Earning an uproarious standing ovation inside the theater, immediate reactions from social media and from critics were very strong…” (SOURCE).

I AM ANOTHER YOU with score by Halpern & Ruggiero debuts on PBS Television

Nanfu Wang’s award-winning 2017 film I AM ANOTHER YOU, with score by Nathan Halpern and myself,  debuted nationally on PBS earlier this week and is now available to stream at PBS.org through February 12.   Nanfu won massive accolades for her debut feature HOOLIGAN SPARROW (also scored by Halpern and myself) and this new work demonstrates that she has immense range in addition to an intense and probing intellect.  As regards the score, I was able to utilize a great deal of very novel and experimental vocal techniques on the project and it is some of my favorite work to date.

“I Am Another You” debuts at SXSW Festival this Weekend, MAR 10

Earlier this year Nathan Halpern and I scored Nanfu Wang’s new film “I am another you.” The film debuts at the SXSW film festival this weekend, and INDIEWIRE just named it “one of 13 must-see films” at the fest. We previously worked with Nanfu on her Oscar-shortlisted doc Hooligan Sparrow , and I am another you will only strengthen her reputation as one of the freshest, boldest new filmmakers out there. I am v v proud of my work on this project; it’s a beautiful and fascinating film and i was able to use a lot of new techniques and sounds for the first time in a production.