Sixty-two year old Richard Turner is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. In this documentary, Richard traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision to present day as he relentlessly pursues perfection while struggling with the reality that his biggest weakness might also be his greatest strength. Directed by Luke Korem.
C H E F ' S T A B L E
Chef's Table goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world's most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.
Duncan's original scores for 'Francis Mallmann' and 'Grant Achatz' were each nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score). Additional Music by Tyler Sabbag, Sebastian Ornemark and Steve Gernes.
People reach out to Apple all the time to say how Apple Watch is helping them live healthier lives. Here, real customers read the actual stories they shared. Original Music by Duncan Thum.
Porn has gone mainstream; the question is, can we handle it? This exploration of the intersection of sex and technology is told through the stories of the people whose lives are defined by the current explosion of internet porn—whether they're creating it, consuming it, or both. The Festival will debut an episode titled "Women on Top," directed by Rashida Jones, which explores a subculture of women bringing feminist philosophies into their workplace, with the idea that female-friendly porn can exist.
A woman lives in a glass house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. She hypnotizes herself by piecing together fragments of literature - French, German, and American - which we hear through her voiceover. The film progressively slides into more and more fantasy imagery, imagery that anchors her thoughts on dreams, reoccurring ideas, structure, animal magnetism, and side effects of exploring and getting lost in literature of the past.
Directed by Trent Gidaro and starring Langley Fox Hemingway. Visit IMDB for more information.
Original music by Duncan Thum.
B L U E
"Knife-like, Flower-like, Like Nothing at All in the World" - William Saroyan.
While a man's past experience needs to be surgically removed, somewhere a woman takes bath and contemplates delicate & pleasurable kinds of pain... Tis all Blue.
Daniela Sherer's animated abstract-narrative set to a lush 65 piece orchestra piece, my graduate thesis for USC's SMPTV program. It is the culmination of many years of dear friendship and effortless collaboration
OFF THE RAILS tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements.
Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to. Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life. Directed by Adam Irving.
Original score by Duncan Thum and Steve Gernes. Additional music by Sean Sumwalt.
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, directed by Justin Krook, is a heart-pumping yet heart-wrenching documentary about one of the most eminent DJs working today: Steve Aoki. In the lead-up to Aoki's biggest show of his career, this introspective doc examines the driving force behind his passion: Rocky Aoki, daredevil showman, Benihana founder, and Steve's looming father figure.
Original score by Duncan Thum. Additional music by Tyler Sabbag.
T H E A B O R T I O N P I L L - O V A R Y A C T I O N
The medical abortion--a non-surgical procedure that induces a miscarriage through a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs--is both widely legal and increasingly hard to obtain. To understand the limits of what could be a breakthrough in making abortions easier to access, Broadly hears from both sides of the debate.
Original score by Duncan Thum.
The New Hustle is a feature-length documentary that follows the personal journey of three of Australia's most successful startups. In a world where the vast majority of startups fail, the film explores what makes this group of founders different. Directed by Patrick Moreau. Visit IMDB or the official The New Hustle website for screening information.
Original Music by Duncan Thum and Tyler Sabbag.
T H E M O S T F U N I ' V E E V E R H A D W I T H M Y P A N T S O N
The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On follows two childhood girlfriends Andy and Liv who reunite to scatter Andy's dad's ashes from LA to Austin where Liv will audition for the role of a vixen spy in a noir film. Between performing mini-funerals in surreal southwestern landscapes, the girls practice being bad. Hilarious dialog, military cross-dressing, an incredible underground soundtrack, and performances by Sarah Hagan (Freaks and Geeks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and writer/director Drew Denny in this mixed media dark comedy that interweaves autobiography, documentary, fiction and camp.
Original Score by Duncan Thum.
B O D Y S L A M : R E V E N G E O F T H E B A N A N A
The often outrageous theatricality at the heart of professional wrestling gets unpacked and unconventionally reassembled in Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana, a profile of the Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestlers and the disruptive tactics pursued by a rogue member. More info here.
Original score by Duncan Thum and Steve Gernes.
T H O U W A S T M I L D A N D L O V E L Y
When Akin arrives at the farm, he finds his job. This is what he expected to find. When Sarah opens her legs, she finds someone watching. This is what she expected to find. When Jeremiah opens his mouth, frightening things come out of it. This has come to be expected. But what happens by the creek next to the cow. This was not expected. Thou Wast Mild & Lovely is a highly intimate and subtly erotic thriller inspired by John Steinbeck's East of Eden and featuring love, death, guns, goats, a farmer, his grown daughter and the secrets they no longer succeed in keeping.
Contributed original song, "Obvious Yacht Rock Wizard".
K E E P I N G C O U N T R Y
A 40,000 year old human heritage in Western Australia is threatened by development. Five people explore indigenous beliefs and their connection with a remote region the size of California, called the Kimberley.
Original score by Duncan Thum, feat. Chloe Thum (vocals) and Morgan Gerstmar (viola).
H E W A S A S W E E T M A N
An abstract animated melodrama.
About a woman whose boyfriend turns into a pile of sugar...
Animation by Daniela Sherer set to a nocturne in C minor for Piano.
T h e A s t o n i s h i n g E f f e c t s o f Z e b u l o n ' s M a c h i n e
Zebulon, a hermit in the woods, invents a machine that makes fantastic music from crystals, but his experiments draw the attention of an unlikely visitor.
D U S T L A N D
Once upon a time, a monstrous dust storm engulfed the land, stranding an itinerant circus and leaving it without hope or purpose. A high wire walker, lured by a tune hidden in the wind, leaves the circus to find the melody revealed in the shape of mysterious fiddler waiting at the crossroads. The stranger presents her with an hourglass that can stop the wind, but only until the sand runs out.
Original score by Duncan Thum.