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YAKONA: Original Score

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ozark Foothills FilmFest
195 Peel Road
Locust Grove AR 72550

A performance of an original film score by composer Justin Sherburn by himself and other members of the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble from Austin, Texas. The performance will accompany a screening of YAKONA, an experimental documentary about the San Marcos River. The performance will be a featured event of the 16th Annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest, which has frequently incorporated a live performance into its line-up.

The performance will take place on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The chamber ensemble will be led by Justin Sherburn, composer of the film score. In the words of Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter, “The hybrid documentary YAKONA tells a captivating story through a rich blend of sound and image…The strong visuals are enhanced by Justin Hennard’s artfully layered sound design and Justin Sherburn’s impressively varied score.”

The relationship of the score to the visuals will be especially apparent since the film has no dialogue or narration and relies solely on the images and the music to tell its story. In addition to a long and varied career as a touring musician, Justin Sherburn is a composer, producer, and musical director. He received the Austin Critics’ Table 2015 Excellence in Composition Award. His scores for the films ABOVE ALL ELSE and YAKONA premiered at the SXSW film festival and he has also composed for television, theater, and dance performances. Three members of the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble will perform Sherburn’s score live to accompany a screening of YAKONA on the evening of April 15.

On the afternoon of April 15, Sherburn will deliver a lecture focusing on composing music for film, television, web series, and commercial use; the working relationship between composer, editor, director, and music supervisor; and the evolution of music in film with an emphasis on the early history of live musical accompaniment. The complementary activity will take place on the campus of Lyon College and will be offered at no cost to the public.

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