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March 16, 2015

ASCAP Composers Score the 2015 SXSW Film Fest

Compiled by Etan Rosenbloom and Yvette Martinez

Buzz bands aren't the only music creators worth hearing at SXSW this week! The 2015 SXSW Film Festival (March 13 to 21) runs parallel to the SXSW Music Festival, and many of the most hotly-tipped films feature scores by ASCAP composers. Here are 34 SXSW films scored by our members, plus synopses and links to find out when you can watch them. See you in Austin!

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Lorne Balfe (PRS)

Bone in the Throathttp://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17837

Based on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's novel Bone in the Throat, the film is a gritty fast paced story about a young ambitious chef who, while trying to focus on getting ahead in his career, gets is pulled into the East End London mob by his uncle who expects him to step up and join him. He now has to work quickly to undo his uncle’s mess, while staying alive and out of jail.

Gloria - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18089

Gloria Trevi, the “Mexican Madonna,” rose from poverty to international stardom, only to be brought crashing down by a sex scandal that mesmerized the Spanish-speaking world. The new movie Gloria tells the true story of her astonishing life, from her meteoric rise to the top of the pop charts to the humiliating fall that followed, all set to a soundtrack of the diva’s infectious hits.

The Last Man on the Moon - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17773

When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, over forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story. Cernan's burning ambition carried him to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and to the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, "If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home." The Last Man on the Moon combines rare archive material, compelling Visual FX and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen.

Will Bates

Steve Jobs: The Man Inside the Machine - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17862

In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs’s image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs's legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.

Daniel Belardinelli

LAMB - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18047

Lamb, based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.

Samuel Aaron Bennett

Baby - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18715

Naomi's got a problem. The vodka in the hotel mini-bar may not be the answer, but it helps her escape a reality she won't face, at least for a little while.

Nathan Matthew David

Fresno - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17971

Fresno is a comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. Shannon (Judy Greer) is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha (Natasha Lyonne) lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, Martha goes to great lengths to help her sister cover up the crime. Shannon finally learns to take responsibility for her actions, and the sisters begin to resolve their tortured relationship.

Trevor Doherty

Growth - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18746

Growth is an exploration of the universality of growing up through the eyes of those who have experienced it first hand. Captured entirely from above and featuring over 75 unique individuals, this short meditative documentary explores the complexity, subtlety, and beauty of growing up.

Javier Dunn

A Brave Heart - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17788

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying Bill.

Grey Gersten

A Space Program - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17891

In A Space Program, acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ incredible piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.  For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Tom and his team built an entire space program guided by the philosophy of bricolage: something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things.  They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?

Adam Gunther

Naz & Maalikhttp://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17885

Two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance when their small-time scheming sets an agent on their trail. Set over the course of a single day in Bed-Stuy, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds, ten years into the War on Terror.

Nathan Halpern

One and Two - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17846

One and Two takes place in a mysterious farmhouse, where a family of four maintain a routine and isolated existence. As siblings Zac and Eva explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets, their loving mother falls gravely ill, splintering the family and threatening to tear the children apart.

Nathan Halpern & Garth Neustadter

Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18105

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, BOUNCE explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports. The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, BOUNCE removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today's sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

Hauschka

The Boy - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17770

It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. The Boy is a chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.

Curtis Heath

The Jones Family Will Make a Way - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18319

For 30 years, Bishop Fred Jones and his family have performed on the southern gospel circuit, largely unseen by those outside the Pentecostal faith. When the Bishop, despite objections from many within his faith, decided to take his family’s musical ministry outside the church, he unexpectedly connected with the oddest of allies – a jaded, atheistic rock critic, who also happened to be a gospel historian. To Michael Corcoran, the Jones Family Singers represent a living link to a style of gospel he thought had disappeared. These most unlikely of friends bonded through perhaps their one shared trait -- a deeply rooted rebelliousness.

Ian Hultquist

The Diabolical - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17974

When a single mother and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence, she turns to her science teacher boyfriend to help take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face.

Jay Israelson

She's The Best Thing In It - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18024

Veteran character actor and Tony Award winner, Mary Louise Wilson, age 79, teaches her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting. Features interviews with Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and playwright Doug Wright, discussing what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, what constitutes 'talent,' and whether the profession is harder for women.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Good Thing Await - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18093

Farmer Niels Stokholm lives in his farm with his wife Rita who works as his helping hand. The couple has been doing biodynamic farming for over 30 years. They have founded and managed the farm according to the idea that man and earth are fundamentally connected to the universe. Niels makes all the practical decisions in harmony with nature and in respect of the animals. These methods and beliefs in biodynamic farming yield some of the finest and most sought-after vegetables in the world. In spite of this, Niels has to battle against EU regulations and frequent animal welfare controls, in addition to fines and lawsuits, that threaten to close down the farm.

Bobby Johnston

City of Gold - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17831

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold casts his light upon a vibrant and growing cultural movement in which he plays the dual roles of high-low priest and culinary geographer of his beloved Los Angeles.

Valentino Khan

"Make Some Noise" music video - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18915

A short visual poem about the mythic bond between man and beast.

Jack Kovacs (feat. Huxlee)

“The Empty House” music video - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18906

John Kusiak

Spearhunter - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18701

Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world's greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own bizarre obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

Jim Latham

Angie Tribeca - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17876

A wildly satirical take on police procedurals, TBS’s Angie Tribeca focuses on an eccentric but brilliant group of LAPD detectives who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of. Rashida Jones stars in the series along with Hayes MacArthur, Jere Burns, Deon Cole and Andree Vermeulen. Angie Tribeca was created by Steve & Nancy Carell, who serve as executive producers along with Ira Ungerleider, Thom Hinkle and Campbell Smith.

Michael A. Levine

Landfill Harmonic - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18139

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

James Ford Murphy

Lava - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18834

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

Giona Ostinelli

Pod - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18115

After receiving a cryptic message from their war veteran brother, Martin, estranged siblings Ed and Lyla travel up to their isolated family lake house to hold an intervention. But the terror that they encounter within the snowy confines of the ransacked retreat is far beyond anything that they could have possibly anticipated.

Dan Romer 

Finders Keepers - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17835

When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he's quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg's enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody.

Bill Sherman

All Things Must Pass - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17879

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon.

Alessandro Tabora

Interesting Ball - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18479

A red ball bounces past a cafe and a couple folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.

Joseph Twist (APRA)

Followers - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18757

When an elderly woman sees a vision of Jesus on the shorts of a young African man at her swimming class, she befriends him, believing God has sent him to free her from loneliness.

Joel P. West

Guest Room - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18748

A young woman with Down Syndrome (GLEE's Lauren Potter) must face the harsh realities of adulthood after an unexpected turn of events with her boyfriend.

Timothy Williams

Wild Horses - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18073

Texas Ranger Samantha Payne reopens a 15-year-old missing person case, and uncovers evidence that suggests that the boy was likely murdered on a ranch belonging to wealthy family man, Scott Briggs. When Scott’s estranged son unexpectedly returns home during the investigation, Samantha becomes even more convinced that the Briggs family was involved, and will stop at nothing to discover the truth about the boy’s death - even putting her own life in jeopardy.

Michael Yezerski (APRA)

The Little Death - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS17758

The Little Death, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson's searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Featuring an ensemble of breakthrough talent, the film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder; and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle.

Marcelo Zarvos

Adult Beginners - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_FS18006

Academy Award-nominated producer Ross Katz (Lost in Translation) makes his feature directorial debut with this heartwarming and hilarious film (whose executive producers include indie kings Jay and Mark Duplass) about crashing hard, coming home and waking up. Adult Beginners begins with one yuppie's disaster. On the eve of the product launch designed to shoot his career into the stratosphere, Jake discovers that, because of a single misstep, his life has plummeted into the dirt. Having lost his girlfriend, his credibility, and over $2.5 million in investor money, Jake retreats to the one place where he's always welcome: his childhood home, which is now occupied.

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Find out what else ASCAP has going on at SXSW: www.ascap.com/sxsw

Lorne Balfe

Lorne Balfe

Will Bates

Will Bates

Daniel Belardinelli

Daniel Belardinelli

Sam Aaron Bennett

Sam Aaron Bennett

Nathan Matthew David

Nathan Matthew David

Trevor Doherty

Trevor Doherty

Javier Dunn

Javier Dunn

Grey Gersten

Grey Gersten

Adam Gunther

Adam Gunther

Nathan Halpern

Nathan Halpern

Hauschka

Hauschka

Curtis Heath

Curtis Heath

Ian Hultquist

Ian Hultquist

Jay Israelson

Jay Israelson

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Bobby Johnston

Bobby Johnston

Valentino Khan

Valentino Khan

Jack Kovacs

Jack Kovacs

John Kusiak

John Kusiak

Jim Latham

Jim Latham

Michael A. Levine

Michael A. Levine

James Murphy

James Murphy

Garth Neustadter

Garth Neustadter

Giona Ostinelli

Giona Ostinelli

Dan Romer

Dan Romer

Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman

Alessandro Tabora

Alessandro Tabora

Joseph Twist

Joseph Twist

Joel P. West

Joel P. West

Timothy Williams

Timothy Williams

Michael Yezerski

Michael Yezerski

Marcelo Zarvos

Marcelo Zarvos