Sundance 2021 Composer Spotlight: Nathan Halpern

Nathan Halpern 

Film: In the Same Breath 

Nathan Halpern is an Emmy-nominated composer, named a “Composer to Watch” by Classic FM and Indiewire. His score for acclaimed 2020 psychological thriller Swallow (IFC Films) was called "brilliant" (Little White Lies) and "a highlight of the film" (Indiewire). He composed the scores of two films from Barack Obama's 2018 Best Films of the Year list: Cannes winner The Rider (Sony Pictures Classics) and the Oscar-nominated Minding the Gap (Hulu). 


Halpern's score for The Rider was featured at #3 in Vulture/New York Magazine's 10 Best Movies Scores of the Year, described as "a plaintively lovely score" (LA Times) and "a beautiful score" (Screen Anarchy). Other notable scores include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winners One Child Nation (Amazon Studios) and Rich Hill (Orchard), the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (HBO Films), and the Oscar-shortlisted films Hooligan Sparrow and The Witness. He was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Song for “Calling to Me” from One Percent More Humid (Sony Pictures / starring Julia Garner). 


Next up: revenge thriller Catch the Fair One (The Population). 


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