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John Frizzell scores Henry Poole Is Here
15-Jan-2008 -

Film premieres at 2008 Sundance Film Festival Monday, January 21

Composer John Frizzell scores Henry Poole Is Here for director Mark Pellington. The ironic modern-day fable stars Luke Wilson with George Lopez, Cheryl Hines and Adriana Barraza. “Henry Poole is Here” premieres at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, January 21 at 3:15pm at Eccles Theatre in Park City. MGM releases the film on April 4. Frizzell, who has received critical-acclaim for his inventiveness in film scoring, continues his musical exploration for Henry Poole is Here.” Frizzell incorporated a full-string section and piano into his delicate score. He also recorded with ancient instruments to convey the sentiment of the film. According to the composer, “The score is very gentle and the goal was to create a spiritual, cathartic mood by overlaying duduk (a middle eastern wind instrument), erhu (a chinese violin) and solo violin over piano and orchestral strings. The themes are simple, almost childlike.”
Henry Poole Is Here is the story of a man (Luke Wilson) who discovers that he only has six weeks to live, leaves his job, fiancée and overbearing mother and tries to spend his remaining days in seclusion. But he goes through a miracle transformation, and his neighbors disrupt his plan.

Frizzell has written scores for a variety of genres and he continues to demonstrate his musical commitment. He traveled to Africa to research and record for Primeval, where he enlisted Cape Town’s finest players to create a “composing library” of over 800 sound clips to create a revolutionary hybrid score which preserves the vibrancy African music, while re-contextualizing its distinctive tunings and rhythms into a Hollywood film score. For The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, Frizzell recruited Grammy-winning Newgrass band Nickel Creek to play on his Americana score.
John Frizzell’s musical palette ranges from comedies Beavis And Butthead Do America and the cult classic Office Space to the thriller 13 Ghosts and the sci-fi drama Alien Resurrection to the Civil War epic, Gods And Generals. The composer is currently scoring 100 Feet, a horror/thriller from writer/director Eric Red.

Screening times for Henry Poole is Here.
Mon., Jan. 21, 3:15 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City (Premiere)
Tue., Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
Thurs., Jan 24, 6:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
Sat., Jan. 26, 9:30 p.m., Redstone Cinemas, Kimball Junction
For more info, visit the Sundance Film Festival.

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