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Adam Balazs Scores the Academy Award Nominee for

Best Short Film (Live Action): “Sing”

and also scores the

Berlin Golden Bear Award Winner for Best Film: “On Body and Soul”


 

        The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday,   

   January 24th at Los Angeles. Kristof Deak, director, and Anna Udvardy,   

   producer, were recognized and honored to have their film, Sing (Mindenki), 

   nominated for the Academy Award, Best Short Film (Live Action). SMC Artists   

   congratulates both Kristof and Anna, and Adam Balazs, who scored the film.   

   Further, congratulations are extended to Akos Lustyik, the Agency’s newest  

   composer, who assisted Adam in producing the score.

       Sing is the story of Zsofi, struggling to fit in at her new school—singing in the    school’s famous choir is her only consolation. But the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her friend Liza to teach their teacher a lesson. Based on a true story, Sing follows an award-winning school choir and the new girl in class facing a tough choice: to stand up against a corrupt system—or, to fit quietly into it.

      Adding to an already impressive creative collaboration, Arpad Balazs, internationally renowned composer and father of Adam Balazs, contributed his famous Hungarian children’s song—Elderflower (Bodzavirág)—to the production.

     Congratulations to Kristof, Anna, Adam, Akos and, of course, Arpad, on this momentous nomination.


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      On February 18, Ildekó Enyedi, director and writer of On Body and Soul, was presented the prestigious   

  "Golden Bear Award for Best Film" at the acclaimed Berlin International Film Festival. The award is considered   the equivalent of the American Academy Awards' Oscar in Europe. The Hungarian love story is about two 

  slaughterhouse workers who connect in shared dreams. Ildekó contrasts the harsh reality of the abbatoir   

  with the magical world of slumber. At the same event, On Body and Soul was also the recipient of the "Prize   of the Ecumenical Jury," the "Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost," and the "Critic’s Choice Award,   

  International Federation of Film Critics."

      Congratulations are extended to Ildekó, producers Erno Mesterházy, András Muhi, Mónika Mécs and,  
  again, Adam Balazs who scored the film.







Neil Argo to Score “Redwind Point” Series


      Alex Feola, creator, and Vincent Brando, producer of the new   

  Television series, have attached Neil Argo to score and provide 

  music supervision services for their series. Redwind Point is a   

  prestige, prime time, soap opera drama, television series that   

  focuses itself around five families, all which have their very own 

  story lines that consist of luxurious lifestyles, on-going drama,    

  ground-breaking conflict and, of course, resolutions. With casting 

  near completion, shooting will commence later this year.




John Scott Honored for his Work

              

   
    The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), in association with PRS for Music, celebrated the achievements of an outstanding group of 12 men and women who have made a special contribution to Britain’s music industry. 

   The 40th Anniversary Gold Badge Awards honored composer John Scott.

   Mr. Scott is a musician, arranger and film composer. He played flute on The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” arranged and conducted The Hollies’ “He Ain't Heavy, He’s My Brother” and performed and conducted Gerry and The Pacemakers’ “Ferry Cross the Mercey,” among many others. After playing principle saxophone on Henry Mancini's Pink Panther and Arabesque scores, and through Mr. Mancini's mentoring, John began composing for film, and has since scored over 70 films. He is also the recipient of 
four Emmy Awards for his work in Television, and continues to add to his extensive body of classical work.
   SMC Artists proudly salutes the incredible achievements and recognitions of our colleague and friend, John Scott.




Amanda Ply
Singer-Songwriter-Lyricist Joins SMC Artists




   

      SMC Artists proudly announces representation of singer-songwriter-lyricist, Amanda Ply. Amanda      is a classical pianist and honors graduate of the Annenberg School at the University of Southern   

   California. With inspiration from Carole King, Diane Warren and Sia, as a singer-songwriter, Amanda   

   has an edge and ability—both on- and off-stage—to appeal to a wide range of fans.  It is her 

   contemporary approach to crafting songs, and her easy vocal style and elastic voice that appeals to 

   her audiences. More recently, Amanda has been focusing her efforts writing R&B, Country and Pop 

   songs for a wide spectrum of artists.







Noah Potter - Executive Music Producer for "Pioneer's Palace B'92"
Finishing "Dilemma"

      Encompassing all facets of music, Noah Potter sets an historical tone for this period film. Set in   

   Bucharest after the fall of Ceausescu, Pioneer's Palace captures the chaotic essence of the time.      Based on director Bobby Paunescu's own experience, the story follows a group of Romanian 

   teenagers who, driven by the unprecendented freedoms of a free-market economy, open a disco in 

   their high school. Surrounded by entrepreneurial opportunity and almost no limits, the teens visit 

   Bucharest's first-ever brothel, and are exposed to the dark underbelly of an unregulated society 

   when they are faced with potential exposure to AIDS. The film premiered at the Sundance Film   

   Festival.

       Dilemma, directed by Ryan Claudio, is the story of man who accidentally finds an envelope 

   containing $10,000 cash at a coffee Shop. He is in a dilemma whether to keep it or do the right thing. The   

   film stars Matthew Klingler (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) and Hans Dieter Wolff (Office Christmas Party).



Stephen Viens Scores "Arctic Plunge" and "Kampai!"


      Stephen Viens scored director Brian To's Arctic Plunge, his seventh film with Brian. The film is an 

   apology letter narrated by an older woman (Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland) to a 16-year-old boy      who took his own life after she rejected him during an Arctic tour many years ago, when she was 25-   

   years-old. Sorrow and regret haunt her as she reflects on the void left in her heart. Arctic Plunge uses 

   symbolism and imagery to convey the disintegration and breakup of man’s relationship with wildlife and 

   Earth, which may be lost forever. It is is a tone poem that juxtaposes music, words, and images to make 

   the audience feel saudade for whatever loss they need to resolve.

       Stephen also recently scored the feature documentary, Kampai! For the Love of Sake. The English- 

   and Japanese-language film under the direction of Mirai Konishi, explores the world of Sake, the national 

   drink of Japan. The film was produced by Konishi’s Los Angeles-based Wagamama Media, in collaboration 

   with producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto. It was introduced at AFM, and was a highlight of the San Sebastián 

   International Film Festival, Spain, and is now onto the Tokyo and Hawaii Film Festivals.   



Michael Klubertanz Starts the Year

with Five Films in Production


   

    Michael Klubertanz is scoring five films in various stages of production: Kursene Fortress (Kelly     

   Heatherington, dir.), Max Topas - Das Buch Der Kristallkinder (Michael W. Driesch, dir.), Mordred    

   (Laura Jay, dir.), Fire of Darkness (M.J. Khappa, dir.) and The Legacy (Eva Acharya, dir.).

      In early development, Michael been chosen to score Philip Cabrara animated film for children and   

   families, Noboo Episode 1: Origin. It is a story of a lovable space creature, Noboo, who becomes 

   stranded on planet Earth, and embarks on a magical adventure. Meanwhile, a powerful galactic villain   

   seeks to capture Noboo to steal his limitless energy source. The film will feature a special character 

   based on Emily Shane




Emerging Film Composer Akos Lustyik Joins SMC Artists




      Akos Lustyik is a classically trained composer from Budapest, Hungary. Completing his studies at the Franz   

   Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he is currently a Scholar of the Royal College of Music, London, where he   

   will complete his masters in film music composition. Akos also holds a degree in economics and management 

   from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and speaks Hungarian, English and German. 

     Apart from composing for concert, theatre and film, he has participated in the Hungarian National Opera and   

   Franz Liszt Academy of Music projects as orchestrator and score editor. And, to further nurture his involvement 

   in film scoring, Akos continues to be under the tutelage of noted film composer Adam Balazs, assisting in the 

   full range of music production and composition. His work with Adam has afforded him to be a part of the 

   2017 Academy Award Nominated Sing.





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  trained, and who have a significant and award-winning scoring history. I ask for your consideration of all my fine artists and their 

  qualifications when preparing for your next production."Otto Vavrin II