Michael Klubertanz Continues His Award-Winning, Creative Partnerships:
"Max Topas - Das Buch Der KristallKinder"
[Max Topas - The Book of the Crystal Children]
Best Picture, Best Film Music Awards
2019 San Diego International Kids Film Festival
Trailer & Soundtrack Released for "Making Time"
Multiple Awards for
"The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd"
Michael Klubertanz continues to collaborate with award-winning directors and producers. His latest collaboration reunites him with director Michael W. Driesch. The premier of Max Topas was at Düsseldorf, Germany, where the film—and the score!—both received rave reviews from the cognoscenti.
Their current creative partnership includes Michael's score to the mystery-thriller, Frieda - Coming Home. The trailer can be viewed by clicking the poster at right.
The film is one of three Michael has been scoring over the past several months, including Fire of Darkness (M.J. Khappa, dir.), and the com- pleted Making Time (Grant Pichla, dir.). The soundtrack to Making Time is now available through streaming services, including iTunes and Amazon.
Additionally, Michael received considerable recognitions for his score to The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd (Uwe Schwarzwælder, dir.). Beyond the many awards the film itself has received, Michael's music has been awarded Best Music, Moscow Indie Film Festival—Award of Merit, Accolade Global Film Festival—Platinum Award, Mindfield Festival—Gold Award, International Independent Film Awards—Outstanding Achievement, Film Score, Cult Critic Magazine—Best Score, Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition and Best Score, Festigious International Film Festival.
After Two Films and One Win at the Academy Awards,
Adam Balazs Returns to the Award-Winning,
International HBO Series, "Umbre"
Having scored the Academy Award-winning, Best Live Action Short Film, Sing! (Kristof Deak, dir.), and then returning the following year having scored the Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, On Body and Soul (Ildikó Enyedi, dir.), Adam Balazs now returns to the acclaimed HBO Series, Umbre, in addition to even more motion pictures and Television.
Umbre, a dramatic crime thriller shot in Romania, is the first HBO Europe original series to be aired in the United States. The lead character is Relu, a family man who has two children, a wife and a double life. Seen through the eyes of his family, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver. No one suspects that Relu works as a collector for Capitanu', a local mobster. Neither of the two worlds (his family and the mafia) knows of the other's existence. Relu manages to keep everything under control, but not for long. After accidentally killing a man, he tries to get out of the underworld, but he can't find his way back. Day by day, the secrets he keeps become increasingly oppressive, and the lies begin to surface, one by one. Umbre is in international distribution.
One year ago, On Body and Soul was presented the prestigious "Golden Bear Award for Best Film" at the acclaimed Berlinale International Film Festival, where the film made its world premiere. 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 89th Academy Awards ceremony, Kristof Deak, director, and Anna Udvardy, producer, were awarded and honored to have their film, Sing! (Mindenki!), receive "The Oscar" for Best Live Action Short Film.
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 classical composer and father of Adam Balazs, contributed his famous Hungarian children’s song—Elderflower (Bodzavirág)—to the production.
John Scott to Score Wartime Biopic
John Scott has been chosen to score this amazing, but true story about a Wigan (England) opera singer turned spy. Margery sang for Hitler, who filled her dressing room with dozens of roses, not realising that she had top secret messages concealed under her dress. Margery was with Hitler on his birthday, when he was presented with the new Tiger Tank, and was able to get valuable information back to London, which eventually resulted in a Tiger Tank being captured in North Africa, and taken back to London under Churchill’s personal orders. Now totally trusted by the leading Nazis, she was even allowed to sing to British POWs at Stalag IIID, with whom she made many useful contacts, especially with another MI9 operative, John Brown. Margery eventually gave evidence against SS officers at the London Royal Courts of Justice (The Old Bailey) after the war.
Directed by Thierry Potok and based upon the book of the same name by Ralph Harvey, producer Franz von Habsburg-Toskana brings together a cast of noted acclaim, to include Anna Friel, Stephen
Fry, Susan George, Bruce Montague, Patrick Bergin and Nicola Posner.
The film is currently in pre-production with an anticipated 2020 premiere.
Akos Lustyik Completes Acclaimed
ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop
A Scholar Graduate of the Master's Program at the Royal Academy of Music, London, award-winner of the Transatlantyk Film Music Competition (a part of the Lodz Transatlantyk International Film and Music Festival, Poland), AND a collaborator on the Academy Award winning film "Sing," Akos Lustyik participated in the prestigious and acclaimed ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis. One of 12 composers selected from a field of over 300, this was Akos' first trip to Hollywood. Akos' final work for the Workshop, was to rescore a scene from "A Cure for Wellness" (Gore Verbinski, dir., Benjamin Wallfisch, comp.). Click ASCAP logos at right to view recording session and score sheets.
Akos is a classically trained composer from Budapest, Hungary. Completing his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he became a Scholar of the Royal College of Music. Akos also holds a Master in Economics and Management from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and speaks Hungarian, English and German.
We congratulate Akos on this wonderful achievement.
Stephen Viens Scores "Arctic Plunge,"
"Kampai! Sake Sisters" and "Walk of Fame"
(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 a tone poem that juxtaposes
music, words, and images to make the audience feel saudade for whatever loss they need to resolve.
The English- and Japanese-language film, under the direction of Mirai Konishi, explores the world of Sake, the national drink of Japan, and the
women behind some of the world's finest sake to be produced. The film was produced by Konishi’s Los Angeles-based Wagamama Media, in collaboration with producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto.
Stephen also wrote the poignant, enchanting score for a love story
between a Cinderella and a Transformer Super Hero, Walk of Fame (Erick Huff, dir.).
Noah Potter Scores
"Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons"
Executive Music Producer for "Pioneer's Palace B'92"
exciting new documentary that explores the history, influence, and
stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we
all play. The movie profiles D&D artists—both past and present—
and also features former TSR insiders, game designers, authors,
and fans. The documentary celebrates the art of the game.
Encompassing all facets of music, Noah Potter sets an historical
tone for this period film, Pioneer's Palace. Set in Bucharest after
the fall of Ceausescu, 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 unprece-
dented 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.
Film, Television and Video Game Composer
David Orr Joins SMC Artists
David Orr’s interest in music started at a young age, stemming from his intrigue in 8-bit video game music. As he developed his understanding of the inner-workings of music, his passion for writing grew.
Today, David has expanded his reach to various mediums and platforms, having scored soundtracks for Xbox, iPhone, Playstation 3 and PC. He has composed soundtracks to a variety of games, including the multi-million seller Castle Crashers (The Behemoth), for which he was awarded “Best Original Music Soundtrack” by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, and the game was awarded “2008 Best Game of the Year” at the Xbox Live Arcade Awards. David's game repertoire continues to expand.
And, in addition to video games, David has a presence in animated shorts,
film and Television—with credits from around the world.
SMC Artists welcomes David to the agency, as yet another classically-
trained, award-winning composer.
SMC Artists Now Representing
World Commuter Jeff Heim
With studios in both the Greater Boston Area and Sáo Paolo, Brazil,
Jeff Heim is more than just a world commuter—he’s a world traveler. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Jeff’s travels include visits to base camps of Himalayan peaks and Mount Everest, to Machu Picchu, to the lush green countryside of Brazil and beyond.
From a Television series in Sri Lanka, to the most successful, educational video game ever—“Poptropica,” 500 million registered users worldwide!—SMC Artists is proud to represent its newest client.
Amanda Ply's Song "Waiting" from the film
"The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd": Best Original Song, Florence Film Awards
Other Awards Include Co-Recipient of Best Music at Moscow Indie Film Festival,
Mindfield Film Festival (LA), Oniros Film Awards, Maverick Movie Awards,
Cult Critic Magazine Awards and the Festigious International Festival Awards
The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd., (trailer above). The song was judged Best Original Song at the Florence Film Awards (Italy). Further, she, and composer Michael Klubertanz, were afforded the Red Square Award for Best Music at the Moscow Indie Film Festival, the Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles, Cult Critic Magazine Awards, Oniros Film Awards and the Festigious International Film Festival. Previous work includes scoring Creative Funding (CC Chainey, dir.) and in Television, writing for the highly successful series, Reign (CW).
From several thousand entries, "One of a Kind Girl," written by Amanda Ply and Robin Schorr, was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Music City SongStar Competition taking place in Nashville. The annual competition is genre free, with the belief that "…a good song is a good song is a good song. Period."
SMC Artists takes pride in the noteworthy accomplishments of these two fine writers and performers.
Amanda Ply 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.
"SMC Artists takes pride in representing prominent international film & Television composers, songwriters and lyricists, who are
classically trained, and who have a significant and award-winning scoring and recording history. I request your consideration
of all my fine artists and their qualifications, when preparing for your next production."—Otto Vavrin II , president