Spin (2003)

Feature film, directed by James Redford. Starring Stanley Tucci, Dana Delany, Ruben Blades, Ryan Merriman and Paula Garces. Set in the '40s and '50s in the Southwest, this is a coming-of-age story about a young man struggling with a difficult past. His parents die in a plane crash, his uncle can't cope with him, and he's raised by the caretakers on the ranch he grew up on. But things take a turn for the better when he falls in love, his uncle returns and teaches him to fly, and he begins to create a sense of belonging. The music features guitar, bassoon, and piano, along with a small string orchestra.

The Outsider (2002)

Cable movie for Showtime, directed by Randa Haines. Starring Naomi Watts, Tim Daly, David Carradine, and Keith Carradine. This is a Western, but with a twist. Naomi Watts is a young widow in an Amish-like religious community. One day a gunslinger (Tim Daly) collapses, near death, on her doorstep. She nurses him back to health and they fall in love, but their love is forbidden by her family and community. The music features solo soprano voice, fiddle, bamboo flute, strings, harp, and percussion.

One (1998)

Independent feature, directed by Tony Barbieri. Played at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and then was released as part of the Shooting Gallery film series ("Croupier") in 2000. A serious and engaging character study about two long-time friends who are drifting painfully apart. From the review in Daily Variety: "Subtle in nuance, modest to a fault, and running against the grain of most indies in theme and style, 'One' is one hell of a good movie." The score is for a small ensemble featuring struck autoharp, accordion, electric guitar, cello, and string bass.

Nina Takes A Lover (1994)

Feature film, directed by Alan Jacobs. Starring Laura San Giacomo and Paul Rhys. A romantic journey exploring marriage and infidelity, with some surprising twists and turns. Daily Variety's review said this about the music: "Playing a major role in drawing the viewer into the film is Todd Boekelheide's gorgeous guitar and orchestral score...the music is lovely."

Digger (1993)

Feature film, directed by Rob Turner. Starring Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Nielsen, and Timothy Bottoms. A young boy is sent to live with relatives on a remote island when his parents break up. On the island, he meets and befriends an extraordinary boy who is dying, but who also has a special relationship with nature. Scored for high zither, fiddle, flutes and small orchestra. From Variety's review: "...Todd Boekelheide's Celtic-flavored score is a major plus." I was nominated for a Prix Genie (Canadian equivalent of an Academy Award) for this score.

Shimmer (1993)

An American Playhouse presentation, directed by John Hanson, from a play by John O'Keefe. Starring Mary Beth Hurt, Marcus Klemp and Elijah Shepard. Two troubled boys in a brutal reform school find friendship and transcend their circumstances by discovering the connectedness of all things. A beautiful story about waking up to how huge the universe is when you're an adolescent. The music features solo soprano voice, natural and electronic textures, and The Turtle Island String Quartet.

Exposure (1991)

Directed by Walter Salles. Starring Peter Coyote, Tcheky Karyo, and Amanda Pays. Peter Coyote plays an American photographer in Rio de Janeiro. He gets more than he bargained for when he decides to learn to knife-fight after one of his models is killed and he stumbles onto a vast conspiracy. Shot in Brazil and Bolivia, this film is sumptuous to look at. I was one of at least four composers (including my friend Mark Adler) on this film.

Hard Act to Follow (1989)

Directed by Issam Makdissy. Starring Mark Taylor. This is a heartfelt and searching film, which sadly has not yet found distribution. Sammy Haddad is a stand-up comedian in San Francisco who is finding it harder and harder to be funny. He's haunted by memories of standing by and using a camera to distance himself from the harsh realities of Beirut in the 80s when he went there to find his roots. The music is an exploration of Middle Eastern scales and rhythms filtered through an 80s club-music sensibility.

The Blood of Heroes (1988)

Directed by David Peoples. Starring Joan Chen, Rutger Hauer, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Delroy Lindo. A post-apocalyptic world in which "Juggers" roam the burned-out land to play a violent game for a meal and a place to stay the night. Joan Chen is an eager young fighter who joins Rutger Hauer's team, and convinces him to go to the Red City so they can play in the big leagues. The music is big and loud, for brass, strings and drums. Intrada put out an album of the score in 1995.

Deadly Dreams (1988)

Directed by Kristine Peterson. Thanks to this film, I can proudly say I worked for Roger Corman (it was released by Concorde/New Horizons). This is a taut thriller in which a nightmare of a long-ago murder becomes more and more real. The music is pretty low-budget, so not many living musicians were harmed in the making of it, but there are some pretty scary bits featuring sampled percussion.

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)

Directed by Wayne Wang. Starring Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, and Victor Wong. This is Wayne Wang's second film (after "Chan is Missing"). Set in San Francisco, it's a quiet, slice-of-life story about three people whose agendas intersect in subtle and interesting ways. The music is very spare, primarily featuring saxophone and guzheng (a Chinese form of the zither). This marks the first time I worked with Weishan Liu, a guzheng master from China.

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