Proud Papa Moment! I’ve got FOUR film scores out in the world this month: TWO on TV and TWO at film festivals. Please visit each filmmaker’s link, check your local television listings and festival announcements, and catch these if you can!
LAKE OF BETRAYAL - TV
THE MAYORS OF SHIPROCK - TV
WAABOOZ - FF
VIVA DIVA - FF
Friday, Sep 29, 2017 - 7 PM (6 PM Reception with filmmakers)
Ray Evans Seneca Theater, 10 Main St., Salamanca, NY 14779
You are invited to attend the premiere screening of this important film, LAKE OF BETRAYAL, with my original music score, performed by the Civic Symphony of Green Bay! Please join us!
Kinzua Dam was a flashpoint in history for the Seneca Nation of Indians. Completed in 1965, it created a reservoir that inundated vast tracks of their ancestral land. This was in breach of the Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 signed by President George Washington which had guaranteed their lands "forever."
Set against a backdrop of federal termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans private hydropower, the Seneca fought the federal government and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to defend their sovereignty.
"Lake of Betrayal" (PBS) explores an untold story from American history about a one-sided battle pitting an impoverished Native American Nation against some of the strongest political, social and commercial forces in the country.
Under the baton of Maestro Thierry Fischer, I performed wood flute on the Utah Symphony's "Great American Road Trip" tour of some amazing outdoor venues, at Zion national Park, Bluff, and Dinosaur National Monument. They performed my "Sprit Woman Song" with Abigail Rethwisch as soloist, and I soloed on "Fluting Around II," the middle movement of my flute concerto.
Utah Symphony Outdoor Concert Tour!
I have been invited to perform with the Utah Symphony on several outdoor concerts in Utah's most treasured landscapes. It's the symphony's "Great American Road Trip" Tour. The concerts feature 2 of my works, and me performing on Native American flute with the orchestra. Attendees will have a chance to experience the phenomenal night skies of Utah in post-concert "sky parties," where astronomy organizations will present sky lectures and allow for viewing through high powered telescopes. It's going to be exciting! If you are nearby, please come join me! For more information, visit http://www.utahsymphony.org/tours/gart/
The wonderful live-action & animated film Iroquois Creation Story (www.facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm) — featuring Seneca dancers along with Garth Fagan and his company — is still making the festival rounds, this time headed to Lithuania! It will screen as a competitive film entry during the 3-day film festival, August 25-27, 2017, called the "Wolves Independent International Film Festival" (filmfreeway.com/festival/WIIFA). The festival showcases all genres films about nature, heritage, environment, history, culture, ethnography, adventure, wildlife, indigenous cultures and social issues. The festival offers daytime as well as evening screenings. The Festival opens doors for young people and their families and for anyone looking to watch great films, who want to meet and learn from professionals. All genres are eligible, and our beloved Iroquois Creation Story is an official entry this year! Kudos once again to the entire ICS team! My original music score was recorded by Mankato Symphony, with vocalizations by songstress Joanne Shenandoah on the final song.
Waabooz (Rabbit) is making appearances at several film festivals, and is continuing to run away with multiple awards. Waabooz is still heading to festivals across the USA and Canada, and has *already* scooped up the following accolades! Once again, congrats to the entire Waabooz team! If you haven’t yet seen or screened Waabooz, please check out the website below and contact your local film fest with a screening recommendation!
Waabooz, a narrative short about how a young Native American artist named Rabbit overcomes his fears through Waabooz, a superhero of his own design brought to life with the help of his grandfather. Twelve year-old Rabbit spends most of his days collecting comics, keeping his little sister out of his hair, and avoiding the teasing of his peers for being an outcast. It's not easy being different on a remote Wisconsin reservation. He keeps busy drawing and has perfected Waabooz, a superhero that embodies Rabbit's desired self. Rabbit dreads dancing in an upcoming powwow; he's awkward and shy and would rather be left out of this community event. When his bedridden grandfather learns of his fears, he decides to help Rabbit become his own hero and find strength within himself.
The dramatic and animated short features award-winning actors Saginaw Grant and Ethan Engberg, and an award-winning team of filmmakers, including Molly Katagiri (Director/Executive producer), Wenonah Wilms (Writer/Executive Producer), Tammy Hollingsworth (Producer/Executive Producer), Nicolas Selma (Production Designer-Animation Sequence), and yours truly as the Composer.
I’m a VIP and have the badge to prove it! Well, temporarily. It was again my pleasure to attend the Green Bay Film Festival this past weekend, where a number of uplifting events happened.
I received good feedback after giving my workshop “Film Scoring For Film Makers” especially from a filmmaker who’s ready to start talking with a composer about the film’s music. They had gone out of their way to attend the workshop, postponing other activities to get there, and found the workshop very helpful at a crucial time in their production. It was rewarding to hear, and confirms my own dedication to teaching the workshop that tutors producers, directors and editors about the basics of spotting a film for music, and how to identify the musical shifts and changes within a film scene to accommodate the on-screen subject matter.
The two student filmmaker-composer match-ups, that resulted in two GBFF bootcamp films with original music scores, were screened at this year’s award ceremony: More Than Puppy Love by filmmaker Marisa Jacques’ with composer Lyndsey Agar, and Superhereo Superstar by filmmaker Sophie Goska with composer Rayna Kupsky. A prominent feature of both scores was the participation of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, under the baton of Seong-Kyung Graham, who performed and recorded the student composer scores! And of course, I was a proud teacher of the two film score composers!
Speaking of awards, the new film Waabooz (“Rabbit”) picked up yet another accolade, the Audience Choice Award! In the partly-animated, dramatic short film, Rabbit’s grandfather tells a story of imagination and a little magic that brings Waabooz to life, and features lead actor Ethan Engberg and established veteran actor Saginaw Grant. Congrats to everyone involved, cast and crew, especially director Molly Katagiri of Minnesota. This film is going places: Run Rabbit Run!
The music score is primarily drums and drumming, with a bit of added guitar, percussion and flutes, and I was very happy with how it turned out. Special shout out to Carlos Fernandez for the guitar work! I was beaming at the awards program, and honored to be the Waabooz composer working with such a great team!
Not a surprise for the team who worked on the "Iroquois Creation Story" — we all knew it would do well at festivals — but ICS won the Native American category at the COPA Shorts Film Festival this past weekend! The film was a collaborative effort of the Ganondagan Historic Site and a team of great film professionals and student animators. A big congrats to the entire team!
I thoroughly enjoyed the film scoring process, from spotting session to final dubbing session, and am proud of the result. The score was orchestral with added Native American wood flutes and the short's narrator, Grammy Award winning Joanne Shenandoah, sang the final song over the credits. I'm also proud to say the music score won a "Best Music" award at a previous festival, the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast.
If you're in the area of Victor NY, home of Ganondagan, be sure to screen the Iroquois Creation Story in it's permanent home, in a dedicated Orientation Theater, inside the museum. I've not seen it there myself (yet) but I hear it's a great way to experience this beautiful film! Congrats again to the entire ICS cast and crew!
Jazz Singer Doug Miller, of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation, tore up the North Star Casino last year, in a concert with Bob Schulz (cornet/vocals), John Otto (clarinet/alto sax), Tommy Bartlett (trombone/vocal), Mike Walbridge (tuba), Johnny Dedowitz (banjo) and Steve "Spoons" Terrico (drums)!
Very sorry if you missed it! But today is your lucky day!
Doug Miller has produced a CD of that concert, and you can get it right now at the HQ General Store, and at future locations that include the Arvid E Miller Library Museum, and of course the North Star Casino gift shop. Look for Doug's superb CD at these future locations very soon. But do look for the CD at HQ today!
And "superb" is a good way to describe the CD. It was recorded live at North Star by engineer Carlos Fernandez and mastered right here at Doodlebug Music Studio. It's a first-rate recording. The audio quality is crystal clear and gives you the feeling of being right there in the middle of the action as the exceptional band lights the place up. You can hear friendly jokes and banter from the stage, as well as the songs themselves—beloved standards—impressively performed by the seasoned jazzers.
I'll list the tracks below, but the listing doesn't do justice to the performers or the show. If you can, pick up your CD today, and enjoy that one night when the North Star Casino stage transformed into a Chicago Jazz Club for the evening. It's a superb CD and I highly recommend it!
LIVE AT NORTH STAR CASINO
Bob Schulz & Friends with Doug Miller
Hearty congrats are in order for the student Filmmakers and Composers of the Green Bay Film Festival’s (GBFF) new program! For the first time, this year, filmmaker participants in the GBFF Filmmaker program teamed up with my composer participants, to work on new films with newly crafted film music scores! Two films were completed this year, and both films are headed to the upcoming GBFF for premiere screenings!
Green Bay filmmaker Marisa Jacques’ short animated film MORE THAN PUPPY LOVE was scored by composer Lyndsey Agar, formerly of Bowler High School, now a music student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Green Bay filmmaker Sophie Goska’s short dramatic film SUPERHERO SUPERSTAR was scored by composer Rayna Kupsky, of Gresham High School.
What?! You haven’t heard about this exciting Filmmaker-Composer program happening right in Green Bay? Well, read on!
GBFF Composer-Filmmaker Program
Green Bay Film Festival selected 2 future filmmakers and 2 composing students to participate in a new pilot Composer-Filmmaker Program, offering professional guidance in taking student filmmaker experiences to the next level. This pilot program is to combine the talents of future filmmakers and composers to create a film to be presented at the Green Bay Film Festival.
The program is designed to go through the steps typical in professional filmmaking and professional film scoring. This opportunity allows the filmmaking students to work with two professional filmmakers, Wyatt and Carolyn Kuether of The Production Farm, and the composing students to work with a professional composer Brent Michael Davids of Doodlebug Music Studio.
Under the new program, the filmmakers had the opportunity to work with Wyatt & Carolyn Kuether to address the challenges experienced and make improvements to their film. From idea to script, acting to filming, production to post-production, the filmmakers experienced one-on-one mentorship in the art and practice of filmmaking.
The Composers created a new work for that specific film that was rehearsed, performed and recorded by the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, with Seong-Kyung Graham conducting. From “spotting” the film to decide what music should go in it, to composing original music “cues” for the orchestra, the composers experienced one-on-one mentorship in the art and practice of film score composing.
Toing and Froing