Below are descriptions of projects and my/our roles ... whether I/we created the full score, contributed licensed music, supervised/ edited music, performed live, etc.
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The Hammocks (Documentary)
WUNC Public Television. To air February 2018.
Hammocks Beach State Park, which includes Bear Island, is a pristine, unspoiled North Carolina State Park with a history that mirrors the history of civil rights in the United States. Brain surgeon William Sharpe, a white physician from the North, visited the area with a group of physicians on a hunting trip. His assigned hunting guide, an African American man named John Hurst, became his lifelong friend. Sharpe fell in love with the area and engaged Hurst to find property he could purchase for vacation and farming. The several thousand acres he bought around 1912 is now Hammocks State Park. When Sharpe appointed Hurst caretaker of the property, outraged nearby white residents burned one of the structures to the ground. Eventually Sharpe willed the property to the African American organization, The North Carolina Teacher's Association. At the time African Americans were not permitted to attend white beaches in the South. The Hammocks became both a vacation destination for African Americans and a center providing preparation and training for civil rights actions. After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Hammocks became a North Carolina State Park, which remains largely undeveloped and naturally beautiful.
Enhancing existing temp music and creating new music as well. With Jeff Claus.
In production. Release date TBA.
A story about the erosion of science and environmental management in Canada and an exploration of the ethereal worlds of the Guardians of the Great Bear Rainforest and the impending loss of their deep understanding of the natural world, cultivated over decades and generations.
The Last Clinics (Docu-series, pilot episode)
Full score to be co-composed with Jeff Claus
In production. 3-Point Pictures. Release date TBA.
Only a few abortion clinics remain in the United States, where threats to abortion providers have spiked dramatically and a new administration threatens to overturn Roe v Wade.
The Last Clinics which takes you inside clinics and surrounding communities throughout the U.S. to meet the people on the front lines of abortion care who face unrelenting harassment and threats of violence. More info ...
Wetware (Feature film)
Full score to be co-composed with Jeff Claus.
In process. Kingdom County Films. Directed by Jay Craven. Release anticipated first quarter 2018.
Based on the novel by Craig Nova, Wetware is set in a near future where there are jobs that no one wants and people at the end of their rope who will do anything for a sense of security and well-being. Enter Galapagos Wetware, a cutting edge genetic engineering firm where people down-on-their-luck apply for alterations that help them handle the small stuff like mopping up crime scenes and toxic clean-ups – and more demanding tasks as boots-on-the-ground against infectious diseases, climate eruptions, and resource wars.
Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals (Documentary)
Produced by UNC-TV. 2016.
Explores the North Carolina Museum of Art exhibit of American impressionist painter Childe Hassam focusing on Hassam's work on Appledore Island over the course of thirty years.
Dear President Obama, Americans against Fracking in One Voice (Documentary)
Contributed some composition, arranging, and performance (with Jeff Claus and Richie Stearns).
Directed by Jon Bowermaster. 2016.
A direct appeal to the President, and to all elected officials, to carefully consider the growing evidence proving that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is hardly the path to energy independence that many promote. The film takes a cross-country look at fracking, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards an energy future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process.
Peter and John (Feature film)
Music supervision, editing, arranging (with Jeff Claus).
Kingdom County Films. Directed by Jay Craven. 2015.
Guy de Maupassant’s 19th century seaside novel, Pierre et Jean, is widely credited for changing the course of narrative fiction. The book introduced intense psychological complexity into its naturalistic depiction of a family brought to the breaking point through startling revelations. The film stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset (Day for Night, Bulllitt), Emmy winner and Tony nominee Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue, Glengarry Glen Ross), Christian Coulson (Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets, The Hours), Shane Patrick Kearns (Blue Collar Boys) and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black).
Rising Voices (Documentary)
Hott Productions of Florentine Films in association with The Language Conservancy. Aired on select PBS stations 2015.
The project presents the present-day reality that Lakota, along with hundreds of other languages worldwide, is endangered; within a generation it could disappear. The film examines not only the roots of this crisis, but also the efforts of those who now struggle to save that language -- the Native Americans and non-natives engaged in the very hard work of language revitalization.The project was funded by Vision Makers Media with major sponsorship provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Administration for Native Americans, The Dakota Indian Foundation, the South Dakota Humanities Council, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America (Documentary)
Hott Productions of Florentine Films. Aired on PBS in 2014.
About the father of U.S. landscape architecture, who designed NYC's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace and many other major sites across the country.
Northern Borders (Feature film)
Full score, co-composed with Jeff Claus.
Kingdom County Films. Produced and directed by Jay Craven. 2012.
Based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning coming-of-age story. Starring Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska, Coming Home, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, HBO's Big Love); Genevieve Bujold (King of Hearts, St. Joan, Anne of the Thousand Days, Obsession); 12-year old Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Everybody’s Fine, The Omen, Sex and the City); Bill Raymond (Michael Clayton, The Wire).
Fletcher Steele and Naumkeag: A Playground of the Imagination (Documentary)
Designing in the Prairie Spirit (Documentary)
Produced by the Library of American Landscape History in association with Hott Productions of Florentine Films. 2012.
Two films in a series about important landscapes and their designers.
American Antiquarian Society Orientation (Documentary)
Hott Productions of Florentine Films. 2012.
Dear Governor Cuomo (Film of live concert and rally)
Performed on several pieces, solo and in groups.
One Ocean Media Foundation in association with New Yorkers Against Fracking. 2016
Written and directed by Jon Bowermaster. Musical direction by Natalie Merchant and John Medeski.
A live concert & rally to protect New York State against fracking.
The War of 1812 (Documentary)
Produced by WNED-TV, Buffalo, NY and Hott Productions of Florentine Films. Aired 2011 on PBS.
Cedar Creek Productions. 2011.
Sometimes a film comes along that answers a question that you didn’t realize you had. That movie is “Buck,” an exceptional slice of Americana about the charismatic real-life horse whisperer, an earthy, soft-spoken philosopher who can tame troubled souls, be they man or beast. --Los Angeles Times
On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea: Polar Science and Yup'ik Culture (Documentary)
Florentine Films/Hott Productions in association with The Clark Science Center at Smith College. NOVA Online films, released in conjunction with Extreme Ice, a NOVA-National Geographic Television special. Aired 2009 on PBS.
Pet Owner's Guide to Cancer (Online videos)
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Partners in Animal Health. 2008.
New York Times permalink: Year in Photos - Travel. 2007. (Online video)
John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (Documentary)
Full score co-composed with Jeff Claus.
Florentine Films/Hott Productions. 2007.
PBS documentary for the American Masters series about naturalist John James Audubon. Winner of The Silver Chris. Best of its Division from the Columbus International Film & Video Festival.
2007 Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival
Live performance to film.
Film by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde.
With Jeff Claus (electric guitar), Rick Hansen (Moog synthesizer and organ), Jay Olsa (bass), and Robby Aceto (guitar) at the Park Auditorium, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.
Forces of Nature
Live collaborative performance with film and speaker.
Film by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde. Speaker, Charles Trautmann.
At the 2006 Light in Winter Festival at the State Theater in Ithaca. With musicians Jeff Claus (electric guitar), Chad Crumm (synths), Rick Hansen (synths), Jay Olsa (bass).
Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians (Interactive DVD)
Madisonfilm for the National Library of Medicine. 2005.
The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine (Documentary)
PBS documentary about Thomas Jefferson's efforts to establish an American wine tradition. Judy received an Emmy from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category: Musical Composition/Arrangement: Special Achievement.
The Year that Trembled (Feature film)
Full score co-composed with Jeff Claus.
Novel City Pictures. Directed by Jay Craven. 2002.
1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State, starring Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Marin Hinkle, Henry Gibson, Jonathan Brandis. Winner of several regional awards.
NCAA pre-game programming on CBS
This broadcast used excerpts from the score of Where the Rivers Flow North. 2001.
Any Given Sunday (Feature film)
Directed by Oliver Stone. 2000.
Film used excerpts from the score of Where the Rivers Flow North.
Thomas Jefferson (for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial exhibit) (Documentary)
Full score, co-composed with Jeff Claus.
National Park Service. 1998. Nominated for WorldFest Houston Award 2001.
Rock the Vote special about adolescent health issues
Rock the Vote used The Horse Flies' song "I Live Where It's Gray". Aired on MTV. 1995.