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Christophe Beck wins Hollywood Music in Media Award
13-Dec-2010 -

Waiting for Superman Best Original
Score for a Documentary. 
Award-winning composer Christophe Beck wins
an HMMA for “Best Original Score: Indie/Short/
Documentary” for his moody and introspective score
to the critically-acclaimed Paramount Vantage
documentary “Waiting For Superman.”
Directed by Academy Award-winner Davis
Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”), the
documentary is a deeply personal exploration of
the current state of public education in the United
States, and how it has affected our children.
Just announced as one of 15 contenders for
“Best Documentary Feature” at next years Academy
Awards, the film opened in October to major markets.
The score released by Lakeshore Records is now
available in stores on CD and online through and iTunes.
“One of the great things about working on a documentary
is that you're dealing with real people in real situations,”
says Beck. “The music's function isn't to merely push
the action along, or to manufacture some kind of feeling
that for one reason or another wasn't captured on film –
it's to support real, authentic, genuine characters and
The film uses playful animations to help convey some
fairly disturbing facts when it comes to our failing
education system. “I found I could complement that by
using some whimsical instrumentation such as pizzicato
strings, bouncy percussion and a slightly-too-optimistic
feeling,” explains Beck. "This helps liven up the presentation
of otherwise fairly dry facts and statistics. Then, of course
there's the human side too. We wanted to underscore the
kids' stories of struggle, hope, disappointment, and for a
lucky few, celebration. We used simple, intimate
instrumentation – often a plaintive single guitar or piano
to help tell these kids' stories.”
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards recognizes and
honors the music in visual mediums, the talented
individuals responsible for creating and placing it, and
the music of both mainstream and independent artists
from around the globe for their compositions and
recordings in all forms of media including film, TV, video
games, commercial advertisements, movie trailers and
music videos. The HMMA is also the first music awards
event to recognize and honor excellence in music
supervision. In addition, iconic individuals are presented
with special awards for outstanding career achievement
and longevity in entertainment.
Score is available from, Amazon UK,

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