New York, NY (March 4, 2010)–Original music/sound design house Tonal has completed work on three new indie films, including TEN9EIGHT: Shoot for the Moon.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently called TEN9EIGHT “the most inspirational, heartwarming film you will ever see.” TEN9EIGHT premiered in early February on the BET network.
Tonal, led by creative director Alex Lasarenko, also worked on the terrifying documentary Cropsey, which was most recently seen in February at the Philadelphia Film Festival, and The Aspern Papers, a modern telling of the Henry James novella of the same name.
“Indie filmmakers all want same thing: for their movies to stand out,” Lasarenko says. “That usually means they want to push the envelope musically as well. Each of the films we scored recently is very different, but if there is a unifying theme to them, it’s that the music is bold, adventurous, and above all, memorable.”
TEN9EIGHT, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, chronicles the stories of several teens from low-income communities who enroll in a course at school, an innovative program that teaches these students how to become entrepreneurs. Musically, Lasarenko notes, Mazzio initially wanted an array of musical textures, something to match the lives of each kid profiled in the film. However, Lasarenko felt strongly that in order for the music to be effective, it had echo the larger themes of each teen’s journey from despair to inspiration to redemption.
“It was important that the film have some basic musical theme that links each teen’s story in a larger context,” Lasarenko says. “I composed a theme for when they describe their low points, another for when they describe the positive change they decided to make in their lives, and yet another when they find success. The challenge was composing these over-arching themes and then creating numerous variations on those themes that coincide with their individual stories.”