Penka Kouneva

Penka Kouneva

Kouneva Studios

Music composer in Los Angeles, California

About Penka

Award-winning composer (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Transformers video games), Sundance Composer Fellow. Penka has scored Indie Features (Primrose Lane, Midnight Movie), TV (Nuclear Hurricane), video games. In LA since 2000. Industry leader, mentor, pioneer woman composer. Classically trained. Sounds like Jablonsky, Zimmer, Desplat. Two concept albums: "The Woman Astronaut" on Varese / Universal Music Group and "A Warrior's Odyssey."


Name: Penka Kouneva

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Company: Kouneva Studios

Occupation: Music Composer

Unique traits: orchestral hybrid (Zimmer, Jablonsky), classical orchestral award-winnig music

Credits

  • Victrix

    Victrix (2016)
    Film by Tom Stevens (Fantasy and History) Music department Set in the twilight of the Roman Empire: the movie opens in 402 AD with the last gladiatorial games held in the amphitheatre at the Mega-Fortress of Deva in Britannia. Most of the elite Twentieth Legion Valeria Victrix 'The Valiant and Victorious' have been recalled to defend Rome from barbarians, with the rump left at the fortress city, commanded by Valerian 'The Valiant of Albion'. Defending the west coast of Britain from seaborne Hibernian invaders he's acutely aware that the empire is on the brink of collapse. The Hibernian raids are becoming more frequent, more intense and ever-more fierce. The spoilt wealthy Romans of the uber-rich villa-set, who occupy the Red Hills district on the coast, constantly pressure him for protection. Hopelessly overstretched: the remnant of the once mighty Twentieth-Legion will soon face their last and greatest challenge: as forces both natural and supernatural, led by the Pagan Warrior Goddess Morrigan, close-in to seize the original Holy Grail - ... Written by Anonymous

  • Little Boy

    Little Boy (2015)
    Film by Alejandro Monteverde (Comedy, Drama and War) Music department LITTLE BOY is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. Set in the 1940s, LITTLE BOY is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of an 8- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity. Written by Mammoth Advertising

  • The Last Breath...

    The Last Breath... (2015)
    Film by Paul Salamoff (Horror) Composer The only survivor from a suicide pact is soon haunted by a vengeful supernatural entity that demands her death or others will die. As a plague of suicides grips the city, she fears that she's the cause...or are there other forces at play?

  • Primrose Lane

    Primrose Lane (2015)
    Film by Kathleen Davison (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Composer The decision to enter an unlocked home triggers an irreversible chain of events for Robin and Chris, catapulting them into an alternate reality where they are not as alone as they think. Written by Kathleen Davison

  • Well Spent ... The Making of Primrose Lane

    Well Spent ... The Making of Primrose Lane (2015)
    Film (short) by Jenna Diliberto Composer

  • Need for Speed

    Need for Speed (2014)
    Film by Scott Waugh (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Music department Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge. This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together, but above all; It's a story about fast, fast cars. Written by Chase Game Reviews

  • In Confidence

    In Confidence (2014)
    Film (short) by Mitch Levine (Drama) Composer IN CONFIDENCE is the story of Molly -- a woman in an unusual circumstance who makes a provocative choice -- and the consequences that choice has on the rest of her life.

  • Sketch

    Sketch (2014)
    Film (short) by Stephen T. Barton (Action, Crime and Drama) Composer An autistic young boy, from a challenged urban NYC area in Brooklyn, has a gift for drawing detailed images of scenes that he sees in his impoverished world. He uses his gift to help a detective solve a murder.

  • Rough Hustle

    Rough Hustle (2014)
    Film by Delaney Dragon (Adventure, Drama, Romance and Sport) Composer Six blue collar guys team up on the gritty streets of Las Vegas with a strategy to beat the casinos at their own game.

  • Ender's Game

    Ender's Game (2013)
    Film by Gavin Hood (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family. Written by CrystalSinger45, Jesse Daniels, strouda56

  • Elysium

    Elysium (2013)
    Film by Neill Blomkamp (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Music department In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. Written by Production

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

    Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
    Film by Tommy Wirkola (Action, Fantasy and Horror) Music department The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff that wants to burn her accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is the responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Act of Valor

    Act of Valor (2012)
    Film by Scott Waugh (Action, Thriller and War) Music department An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which ... Written by Relativity Media

  • In Search of the American Dream

    In Search of the American Dream (2012)
    Film by Baldemar Rodriguez (Drama and Family) Music department, Composer In Search of the American Dream is a riveting story of five children and their adult brother as they desperately race across Texas for survival after their undocumented parents, were caught, arrested, and thrown in jail in one fell swoop... deportation is only a matter of time. In Search of the American Dream tells the story of one family torn apart, and the fear and agony the children are forced to bear alone. Written by Anonymous

  • Revenge

    Revenge (2011 - 2012)
    Television by Mike Kelley (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Music department As a summer to remember begins in the Hamptons, new arrival Emily Thorne dazzles the members of high society by making herself known in the exclusive social circle of Grayson Global CEO Conrad Grayson and his socialite wife Victoria. But it soon becomes clear that the beguiling young philanthropist has a dark past. Emily was once known as Amanda Clarke, a young nine-year-old whose life was torn apart when her father - Grayson Global hedge fund manager David Clarke - was falsely accused of channeling money to a terrorist organization responsible for the downing of a commercial airliner. Now living under an assumed identity, she is determined to seek vengeance on the people who destroyed her father's life - the two main conspirators being Conrad and Victoria Grayson - by making their lives come crashing down around them. Because when everything you love has been stolen from you, someone has to pay. Written by Anonymous

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
    Film by Michael Bay (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Music department Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia, to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. Written by Kris S.

  • Kinect Disneyland Adventures

    Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011)
    Video Game by Mark Harper (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Music department

  • Gears of War 3

    Gears of War 3 (2011)
    Video Game (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Delta Squad in the spectacular conclusion to one of the most celebrated sagas in video games.

  • Your Highness

    Your Highness (2011)
    Film by David Gordon Green (Adventure, Comedy and Fantasy) Music department Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent's fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to ... Written by Universal Pictures

  • Dragon Age II

    Dragon Age II (2011)
    Video Game by Mark Darrah (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Music department Hawke and Hawke's family are on the run from the rising Darkspawn monsters sweeping up from the south. They run into a group of pursuing Darkspawn, but are saved when a strange, powerful witch called Flemeth intervenes. She then offers them a deal to deliver something for her to a band of wandering Dalish Elves, and in return, she will get them to the port city of Gwaren safely, so they may leave their homeland, Ferelden. Hawke agrees and they finally get to the ship and sail for Kirkwall, a city in the far-off Free Marches. Once there, they must work for shady groups for a year in order to pay their way into the city, being unwanted refugees who the city's ruling class care little for. A year later, the Blight is over and Ferelden is recovering, and Hawke has left the service of the service of the group they chose to work for. However, tensions in the city are still high. Tensions between the Mages and the Templarsare growing, with some Mages calling for more freedoms, and some ... Written by Anonymous

  • Rejouer

    Rejouer (2011)
    Film by Liam Finn (Thriller) Music department, Composer Released from prison for lack of evidence in the death of his wife Chloe, musician Cain Nowak tries to move on with his life. However, Cain is still haunted by memories of how meeting music producer Nick Rose led to his wife's death, instead of his "big break." While drinking away his sorrows, Cain happens across the murder of a pregnant woman. The next day, Cain awakens to find himself in the very same prison cell from the day before. Unable to comprehend why he's reliving the same day over while everyone else is living it for the first time, Cain takes refuge in a bar, only to discover two men plotting the murder of the pregnant woman that very night. Recognizing he is trapped in an endless "time loop" but retaining information, Cain decides to intervene and stop the murder. As each attempt to save her life is thwarted, Cain's commitment escalates to the point of costing him his own life. However, even death cannot stop the day from repeating until Cain figures out why the murder of... Written by Liam Finn

  • The Connecticut Kid

    The Connecticut Kid (2011)
    Film by Jack Serino (Adventure) Composer The Connecticut Kid is based on a true story about a young man who follows his childhood dream to become a cowboy.

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (2010)
    Video Game (Adventure) Music department The insane black dragon Deathwing has returned, causing a great disaster that reshapes the entire world of Azeroth.

  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010)
    Video Game by Nicholas S. Carpenter (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department Four years after the events of StarCraft: Brood War, Jim Raynor fights against the Dominion and begins a search for artifacts when at the same time zerg attack once again.

  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (2010)
    Video Game by Stefan Leblanc (Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Thriller) Composer Set between the sands of time and warrior within, the young prince is back once again. This time he visits his brother and discovers his city is being attacked. The only way to win this battle is to release a powerful sand army, with as many soldiers as there are grains of sand, but what they thought would help only turned against them. So its up to the Prince to put the army back in its place Written by Alain Cline

  • The Hole

    The Hole (2009)
    Film by Joe Dante (Adventure, Fantasy and Thriller) Music department Susan and her sons Dane and Lucas Thompson move from Brooklyn to Bensonville, in the countryside. Dane is upset with the constant changes of address and the family has lived in many cities. Lucas and Dane befriend their next door neighbor, the gorgeous Julie and the brothers find a bottomless hole in the basement of their house locked with several padlocks. They take the locks off and sooner they are haunted by their darkest fears. Further, they believe that the hole might be a gateway to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 9

    9 (2009)
    Film by Shane Acker (Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama and 4 More) Music department In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back. The first one he encounters is 2 who tells him something of what happened to the world. 2 is also thrilled with the disk 9 is carrying, one with three unique symbols on the front. 9 soon learns that the disk and some of the other dolls who are prepared to die for the good of humankind may be the last hope for man's salvation. Written by garykmcd

  • Case 39

    Case 39 (2009)
    Film by Christian Alvart (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Music department "Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks. Written by Unknown

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    Video Game by Clint Skene (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Music department, Music department

  • The Sims 3

    The Sims 3 (2009)
    Video Game by Will Wright (Animation, Comedy and Romance) Music department In the Sims 1 & 2 you were in your house all day. But now, you can step out of your neighborhood for the first time ever in The Sims 3.

  • Angels & Demons

    Angels & Demons (2009)
    Film by Ron Howard (Mystery and Thriller) Music department Following the murder of a physicist, Father Silvano Bentivoglio, a symbolist, Robert Langdon, and a scientist, Vittoria Vetra, are on an adventure involving a secret brotherhood, the Illuminati. Clues lead them all around the Vatican, including the four altars of science, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. An assassin, working for the Illuminati, has captured four cardinals, and murders each, painfully. Robert and Vittoria also are searching for a new very destructive weapon that could kill millions. Written by XXDustfingerXX

  • He's Just Not That Into You

    He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
    Film by Ken Kwapis (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Music department The needy Gigi Haim is a young woman seeking her prince charming somewhere amongst her unsuccessful dates. After dating estate agent Conor Barry, Gigi anxiously expects to receive a phone call from him. However Conor never calls her. Gigi decides to go to the bar where he frequents to see him, but she meets his friend Alex who works there. They become friends and Alex helps Gigi to interpret the subtle signs given out by her dates. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Thick as Thieves

    Thick as Thieves (2009)
    Film by Mimi Leder (Action, Crime and Thriller) Music department In New York, the experienced art thief, Keith Ripley, invites the bold thief from Miami, Gabriel Martin, to team up with him. He plans the heist of two valuable mysterious antique Faberge eggs, located in a safe, of the well protected Russian jewelry Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market, and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster, known as Nicky. The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley's goddaughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • The Gold & the Beautiful

    The Gold & the Beautiful (2009)
    Film by Jack Serino (Adventure, Comedy and Family) Composer A spoiled Beverly Hills socialite finds new meaning to life, through a treasure hunt.

  • Richard III

    Richard III (2008)
    Film by Scott Anderson (Action, Crime and Drama) Composer "Now is the winter of our discontent..." With these timeless words, Duke Richard - lounging on his sun deck - sets his murderous plans in motion. His goal: to eliminate the hated rival Lancaster dynasty, and reign as undisputed king. Standing between him and the throne are his brothers Clarence and King Edward, his nephews the Princes, his bitter adversary Queen Elizabeth, and a host of enemies, rivals, and dubious allies. In the Los Angeles of "Shakespeare's Richard III", violence is the norm: every member of the nobility expects to kill or be killed, according to the code duel lo. They prefer death before dishonor. The women in this society are just as dangerous, courageous, and brutal as the men. The York and Lancaster families - rival branches of the former England Studios - exert a mafia-like control of the city and local politics/law enforcement. Aided by his sinister counselor Buckingham, Richard will stop at nothing - seduction, bribery, conspiracy, and wholesale slaughter - ... Written by Scott Anderson

  • Gears of War 2

    Gears of War 2 (2008)
    Video Game (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department Marcus Fenix and delta squad fight against the locust to prevent them from sinking the cities of planet Sera

  • Vantage Point

    Vantage Point (2008)
    Film by Pete Travis (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Music department The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • Midnight Movie

    Midnight Movie (2008)
    Film by Jack Messitt (Horror and Thriller) Composer A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater.

  • The Forensic Files

    The Forensic Files (2006 - 2008)
    Television by Paul Dowling (Documentary and Crime) Miscellaneous Crew Police increasingly utilize scientific laboratory analysis to solve crimes. This program reviews and re-enacts dramatic cases from around the world in which forensic scientists find and examine previously undetectable evidence. Through their hard work, criminals are brought to justice and the innocent are set free. Written by Anonymous

  • Dogfights

    Dogfights (2007 - 2008)
    Television by Jason McKinley (Documentary, History and War) Miscellaneous Crew Using modern computer animation, great aerial and modern naval battles are recreated. In the process, you learn about the history of military transportation technology, the tactics created and the people using them.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
    Film by Gore Verbinski (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Music department After Elizabeth, Will, and Captain Barbossa rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from the the land of the dead, they must face their foes, Davy Jones and Lord Cutler Beckett. Beckett, now with control of Jones' heart, forms a dark alliance with him in order to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. Now, Jack, Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Tia Dalma, and crew must call the Pirate Lords from the four corners of the globe, including the infamous Sao Feng, to gathering. The Pirate Lords want to release the goddess Calypso, Davy Jones's damned lover, from the trap they sent her to out of fear, in which the Pirate Lords must combine the 9 pieces that bound her by ritual to undo it and release her in hopes that she will help them fight. With this, all pirates will stand together and will make their final stand for freedom against Beckett, Jones, Norrington, the Flying Dutchman, and the entire East India Trading Company. Written by J. Curcio

  • Ice Spiders

    Ice Spiders (2007)
    TV Movie by Tibor Takács (Horror) Composer When a young ski team training for the Olympics arrives at the remote and isolated Lost Mountain Ski Resort to focus on training, they're thrilled to find a retired Olympic skier is there to help them train. But their plans are halted when a scientist working at a nearby government lab arrives with the horrifying news that a top secret Government project has produced giant spiders and they have escaped, killing and eating everything in sight. Written by Deeww

  • Nuclear Hurricane

    Nuclear Hurricane (2007)
    TV Movie by Fred Olen Ray (Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Composer A "highly sophisticated computer system" at a nuclear power plant goes crazy. To make matters worse, it develops a capacity for reason and malice while a tropical island storm is blowing into town.

  • When Nietzsche Wept

    When Nietzsche Wept (2007)
    Film by Pinchas Perry (Drama) Music department Viennese doctor Josef Breuer meets with philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to help him deal with his despair.

  • Transformers: The Game

    Transformers: The Game (2007)
    Video Game by Jon Burton (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Music department This game consists of decepticons flying and autobots rolling out.

  • Transformers

    Transformers (2007)
    Film by Michael Bay (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Music department A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) ... Written by Q. Leo Rahman

  • Hostel: Part II

    Hostel: Part II (2007)
    Film by Eli Roth (Horror) Music department Three female college students take a detour from their partying, enticed by a beautiful European woman who promises seclusion, safety and maybe even romance. What they get is a living hell where they are sold to the highest bidder who's fondest wish is to kill them slowly. Hostel 2 also follows 2 American men who, on the flip side of the coin, are willing to pay to join an exclusive club where a life will end at their hands...any way they like. It's a story of human monsters and the almighty dollar as only Eli Roth could tell it. Written by Paul Nomad of Dreadcentral.com

  • The Third Nail

    The Third Nail (2007)
    Film by Kevin Lewis (Crime and Drama) Composer A young man is sentenced to life in prison for killing two children, a crime he didn't commit. DNA evidence sets him free, but there is no hiding from the prison gang that wants him dead. When his own daughter is abducted and apparently murdered, he seeks revenge. How far will he go and is it ever too late for redemption? Written by Anonymous

  • Death and Taxis

    Death and Taxis (2007)
    Film by Kevin Mukherji (Drama) Composer Take a fascinating journey in Death And Taxis where the journey is the destination, and the next world might be just a cab ride away. Hugging the double-yellow line between this life and the next, one big city taxi carries the stories of several drivers and passengers, each contending with intensely psychological and sometimes supernatural brushes with death. Whether profound, funny or simply creepy, these vignettes come to life and afterlife in the hands of a diverse group of acclaimed actors. Written by Anonymous

  • Modern Marvels

    Modern Marvels (2006)
    Television by Bruce Nash (Documentary and History) Miscellaneous Crew Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology. The series has focused (among other things) on wonders of construction (Erie Canal, the Pentagon, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Big Dig), the machinery of war (nuclear submarines, tanks) as well as technology linked to the everyday (power tools, home tech, garbage). Written by Anonymous

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
    Film by Jonathan Liebesman (Horror) Music department In August, 1939, a worker goes into labor while working in a slaughterhouse and dies after a complicated labor, though the deformed child survives. The possibly orphaned baby is dumped in a garbage container and found by a beggar later, who brings him home. Along the years, the mentally retarded and disturbed boy called Thomas is raised by the Hewitt family in spite of having psychological problems as well as suffering from an unnamed skin disorder, later working in a meat packing plant. In July, 1969, when the facility is closed, the inhabitants move to other places, but the deformed, mentally childlike Thomas flies into a rage after being insulted and kills the foreman. His deranged brother (considered his uncle due to their age difference) executes the sheriff that is going to arrest Thomas, and assumes his identity, wearing his clothes,driving his car though the roads in Texas and entitling himself as Sheriff Hoyt. Meanwhile, the brothers Eric and Dean are traveling in a Jeep with... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Nicole Moore, Detroit, Michigan

  • Shadow: Dead Riot

    Shadow: Dead Riot (2006)
    Film by Derek Wan (Action and Horror) Music department Evil voodoo-practicing serial killer Shadow gets executed for murdering pregnant women. Twenty years later the prison Shadow was put to death at has been turned into an experimental women's penitentiary. Tough and fiercely autonomous new inmate Solitaire has some kind of link with Shadow. When Shadow and his lethal shambling zombie minions are resurrected, it's up to Solitaire to stop them. Written by Woodyanders

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday (2006)
    Video by Justin D. Hilliard (Drama) Composer Wednesday is divided into four separate segments: Luke & Lucy, Purgatory, Lyrics of a Lowly Life, and Narcissus Flower. Each segment details how different people deal with love and loss. These basic human emotions exist across the world, it's how we individually deal with them that separates and connects us all. Written by Anonymous

  • Magnum Stories

    Magnum Stories (2006)
    Film (short) by Kevin Mukherji (Documentary and Action) Composer

  • Mail Call

    Mail Call (2005 - 2006)
    Television (Documentary, Comedy, History and War) Miscellaneous Crew Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey takes viewers' questions concerning military hardware and technology, then consults with experts to answer them. Topics covered to date include gas masks, Gatling guns, night vision equipment, and samurai swords. Written by Alan Back <ajback@yahoo.com>

  • Hostel

    Hostel (2005)
    Film by Eli Roth (Horror) Music department 3 backpackers are in Amsterdam where they get locked out of their youth hostel. They are invited into a man's house where he tells them of a hostel somewhere in eastern Europe where the women are all incredibly hot and have a taste for American men. When they get there, everything is too good to be true - the hostel is "to die for" Written by CROESKE

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
    Film by Ken Kwapis (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Music department The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. Written by Stephanie

  • Chupacabra Terror

    Chupacabra Terror (2005)
    Video by John Shepphird (Fantasy and Horror) Music department, Composer Cryptozoologist Doctor Peña ('Giancarlo Esposito') traps the legendary Chupacabra on a remote Caribbean Island to make his name in the scientific community. When he smuggles it aboard the cruise ship Regent Queen, commanded by Captain Randolph, (John Rhys-Davies), the monster breaks out of the cargo hold and makes a smorgasbord out of the passengers and crew. Navy SEALs are called in to evacuate the ship and battle the monster, but it ultimately comes down to Captain Randolph, his daughter Jenny (Chelan Simmons), and Federal Marshall Lance Thompson ('Dylan Neal') to save the day. Written by Steve Jankowski & John Shepphird

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray (2005)
    Film by Dave Rosenbaum (Drama and Horror) Composer

  • November

    November (2005)
    Film (short) by Rick Short (Drama) Composer Every vote counts on Election Day. When the fate of a country is far too precious to leave to the masses, the secretive and powerful must organize to secure a nation's fate. An unwitting pawn in the game, the front-runner candidate soon learns of this organization's clandestine operation... and his role in it. When this man of conscience flees, the organization must pursue. Plans become clear. Enemies aligned. Allies lost. Trust destroyed. When fate itself is controlled by those who rule, futility is all that's left... and hope is its casualty. The true measure of a man is found in his convictions. When truth is something owned, men can be made. For behind every great man, is a great plan. Written by James Hollis

  • Ring of the Nibelungs

    Ring of the Nibelungs (2004)
    TV Movie by Uli Edel (Drama, Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Music department The young blacksmith Siegfried, who, not knowing that he is heir to a conquered kingdom, becomes popular with the Burgunds by slaying their bane, the dragon Fafnir. When the reward seems to be a huge treasure, Siegfried ignores the curse that lies on the hoard - which now seems to endanger his love to beautiful Norse warrior queen Brunhild. Written by Tandem Communications

  • Y.M.I.

    Y.M.I. (2004)
    Film by Marek Probosz Composer Y.M.I. unflinchingly demystifies teen suicide. It is a study of dark forces lurking in the lives of teenagers today. The story unveils three high school seniors who dress and live by the philosophy of "Goth," good friends and great rebels: Digger, Noisy, and DVD. They decide to celebrate Digger's 18th birthday by breaking every rule of what they consider a "shallow and hypocritical society" by planning a suicide as a manifestation of their eternal freedom, thus "to die and become immortal." Before they carry this out, they want to truly experience life on the edge and they devise a plan by which their suicides will make them legends. The story follows them and the people they encounter on their way to their destination. Written by <temple4films@mac.com>

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
    Film by Lana Wachowski (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department Neo discovers that somehow he is able to use his powers in the real world too and that his mind can be freed from his body, as a result of which he finds himself trapped on a train station between the Matrix and the Real World. Meanwhile, Zion is preparing for the oncoming war with the machines with very little chances of survival. Neo's associates set out to free him from The Merovingian since it's believed that he is the One who will end the war between humans and the machines. What they do not know is that there is a threat from a third party, someone who has plans to destroy both the worlds. Written by Soumitra

  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
    Film by Robert Rodriguez (Action and Thriller) Music department In the third movie of Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, a Mexican drug lord pretends to overthrow the Mexican government, and is connected to a corrupt CIA agent who at that time, demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government. Written by Anonymous

  • Beat the Drum

    Beat the Drum (2003)
    Film by David Hickson (Drama) Music department Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johannesburg with his father's last gift, a tribal drum, in search of work and his uncle. The journey confronts him with the stark realities of urban life, but his indomitable spirit never wavers; he returns with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. Written by Zoe Elton

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
    Film by Lana Wachowski (Action and Sci-Fi) Music department Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix, and a certain degree of precognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has chosen Neo as his next target. Written by Soumitra

  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
    Film by Jim Fall (Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music and 1 More) Music department Teen queen Lizzie McGuire grows up a bit and hits the big screen in this comedy drama, based on the popular Disney Network series. Lizzie McGuire and her best friends Kate, Gordo, and Ethan have just graduated from middle school, and to celebrate, they're taking part in a class trip to Rome, Italy. Eager to celebrate their new maturity as high school students, Lizzie and her pals hope to live it up in one of Europe's most fabled cities, but fate has something more spectacular in store for Lizzie. Lizzie discovers that she bears a striking resemblance to Isabella, an Italian teen-pop idol famous for her duets with heart-throb Paolo -- so much so that when Paolo and Isabella have a falling out, he asks Lizzie to take Isabella's place for an upcoming concert. Lizzie, however, isn't sure she feels comfortable stepping into the spotlight, and is even less sure about the way she feels about Paolo, who makes no secret of his infatuation with her. Things don't get any simpler for Lizzie when ... Written by Rachel Barlow

  • Waiting for Ronald

    Waiting for Ronald (2003)
    Film (short) by Ellen Gerstein (Drama) Composer After spending most of his years in an institution, developmentally disabled Ronald says good-bye to his friends and caretaker to join his buddy Edgar in the exciting world of independence. Armed with busfare, a lifetime packed into one small suitcase, and a heart full of courage, Ronald boards the bus that will take him to Edgar and a new life. But Edgar, fighting demons of his own, runs into a problem before the bus carrying his new roommate arrives. What happens next is a testament to faith, humor, bravery, and true friendship. Written by Ellen Gerstein

  • American Storytellers

    American Storytellers (2003)
    Film by Kevin Mukherji (Documentary) Composer 4 American Storytellers talking about LIFE and MOVIES with a silent host.

  • Notoriety

    Notoriety (2002)
    Film (short) by Reyna Rosenshein (Thriller) Composer

  • An American Rhapsody

    An American Rhapsody (2001)
    Film by Éva Gárdos (Drama) Music department In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive communist country for the USA with their eldest daughter Maria, but are forced to leave behind their infant daughter Suzanne who is raised by kindly foster couple. 6 years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles where the perplexed youth is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country which leads to a troubled growing up. At age 15, the rebelious and unsure-of-herself Suzanne tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary to find her true idenity. Written by Matthew Patay

  • Blonde

    Blonde (2001)
    Television (Biography and Drama) Music department A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life: childhood years, first marriage to James Dougherty, meeting with the photographer Otto Ose, career with XX Century Fox, relationship with her mother, foster parents, life wasters Charles Chaplin Jr. (Cass) and Edward G. Robinson Jr. (Eddie G), baseball player Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller and many other people. Written by David Shahoumian <dave2070@gmail.com>

  • Earth Is Heaven

    Earth Is Heaven (2001)
    Film (short) by Are Paulsen (Drama) Composer

  • Yesterday's Children

    Yesterday's Children (2000)
    TV Movie by Marcus Cole (Drama) Music department Jenny Cole lives with her husband and son in middle America. She is pregnant and starts to have very vivid dreams about a small city that has a big church. She then starts talking to her mother about it and her mother shows her some drawings she made when she was a child. To her amazement they are identical to the drawings from her dreams that she is now having. Jenny and her mother do research and find that the dreams are about a small town called malahide in Ireland in the 1930s. The mother gives Jenny, her son and her husband tickets to go to Ireland, so that she can find out about her dreams. Had Jenny lived in the past after all as Mary Sutton? Written by Rosemea D.S. MacPherson

  • Harrison's Flowers

    Harrison's Flowers (2000)
    Film by Élie Chouraqui (Drama, Romance and War) Music department Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last assignment, in war-torn Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the height of the fighting. Word comes back that he apparently died in a building collapse, but his wife Sarah (also a journalist for Newsweek) refuses to believe that he's dead and goes looking for him. She's helped immensely by the photo-journalists Eric Kyle and Marc Stevenson that she runs into over there; together, they're determined to make it through the chaotic landscape to Vukovar, which is not only the nexus of the war but where she believes Harrison is located. Meanwhile, Harrison's son Cesar is looking after his father's prized greenhouse, keeping hope, and flowers, alive. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

  • Shadows

    Shadows (2000)
    Film (short) by Mitch Levine (Drama) Composer Joshua and his father are among the Jewish prisoners in a concentration camp. When the assistant leader of their work crew is gunned down by mistake, the sadistic leader offers Joshua his place. He takes it, but at what price to his heritage and family? Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

  • Angel on Abbey Street

    Angel on Abbey Street (1999)
    Film by Jed Nolan (Adventure, Comedy, Drama and Family) Music department

  • Jesus

    Jesus (1999)
    TV Movie by Roger Young (Biography, Drama and History) Music department Jesus dreams of a medieval battle in the name of Jesus Christ and of a dying world war soldier who, in desperation, calls out the name: Jesus. Jesus awakes, distraught. What is the meaning of this nightmare? Why are these strangers using his name? Jesus is a simple carpenter, like his father Joseph. Both are presently looking for work, but they've been wandering for days from town to town without finding any. Times are difficult in Galilee. Roman taxes are stifling the country. The hated Jewish tax collectors, viewed by the people as traitors, rob people of their last means of subsistence. Revolts and bands of revolutionary thieves are spreading uncertainty throughout the land. Herod Antipas, the Jewish king, is merely a weak shadow of his feared father Herod the Great. The real power lies in the hands of Caiphas, the high priest. To strengthen his position, he plays the Jewish interests against the Roman interests with religious fervor. His most dangerous opponent is the new Roman ... Written by Anonymous

  • Switching Goals

    Switching Goals (1999)
    TV Movie by David Steinberg (Comedy, Family and Sport) Music department Jerry Stanton's pride and joy is successfully coaching the Hurricanes, one of the six competing school soccer teams, sponsored by his employer's sports equipment shop. When the competition goes co-ed, he panics, but relies on Samantha 'Sam', the tomcat among his twin daughters, as not-disastrous girl in his team. Alas, partially due to wife Denise, a psychologist, the team-picking goes pear-shaped, the Hurricanes get stuck with fashionista twin Emma. So he eagerly accepts when the sisters spontaneously suggests secretively trading places, but Denise and attractive boys compromise keeping the charade up. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story

    Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (1999)
    TV Movie by Mike Robe (Drama) Music department A group of high school friends starts a rock band during the 1950's. The band gets popular and the labels approach them with their own ideas about the direction the band should take next. Will their pressure tear the band apart?

  • A Song from the Heart

    A Song from the Heart (1999)
    TV Movie by Marcus Cole (Drama, Music and Romance) Music department Famous modern Classical composer Gregory Pavan delights professor Klezkowski by promising royalties to his old conservatory, whose pupils may play at his next recording. Their teacher, blind cellist Maryann Lowery, is initially most uncooperative, looking down on his music and what she considers a diva-attitude. Gregory however reconciles them and becomes her confident and lover, instead of architect, neighbor and favorite private pupil's father Oliver Comstock. Then real life shakes everything. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story

    Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story (1999)
    TV Movie by Alan Metzger (Drama and Comedy) Music department Biography of feuding advice columnist twins, Ann Landers and Abby Van Buren, starts with their early lives in Sioux City, Iowa when they were known as Esther and Pauline through their double wedding and follows them into their columnist successes. However, much of the film also concentrates on their personal and professional feuds that has the run the course of their lives. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • A Murder on Shadow Mountain

    A Murder on Shadow Mountain (1999)
    TV Movie by Dick Lowry (Drama) Music department Denny Traynor has the idyllic life a loving wife and family, a flourishing career. Seems like life is perfect until some policemen from another break into their home one night and arrest him for a twenty year old murder. Initially, Denny denies the accusations made against him but when evidence is presented that implicates him, he is then extradited to stand trial. When his wife, whose faith has been shaken asks him what happened, he tells her that he did kill the man they said he killed but in self-defense. However, when there is no evidence that supports his claim, his wife wonders if he has told her the truth, and if she should continue to support him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

  • Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke

    Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999)
    TV Movie by John Erman (Biography and Drama) Music department Biography of billionaire tobacco heiress Doris Duke looks at her bizarre lifestyle, including her troubled childhood, her world traveling for audiences with mystics, a face lift at age 79, and her mysterious death in 1993 at age 80. But even upon her death, oddities continued as she left the affairs of her hotly contested estate to her hard-drinking butler, who had controlled much of her life and was accused by others of causing her death. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Awards

  • Sundance Composer Fellow, Hollywood Music In Media Award, Aaron Copland Award, SEMO Award, Independent Music Award, Aspen Festival Awards

Education

  • Duke University (Durham, NC)
    (1990-1997)

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