Chef's Table

Chef's Table

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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.

 Watch on Netflix

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. 

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

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. 

Off The Rails

Off The Rails

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.

Original score by Duncan Thum and Steve Gernes. Additional music by Sean Sumwalt.

 

BLUE

BLUE

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"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

Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!

Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!

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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.

 

 

Keeping Country

Keeping Country

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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).

 

 

 

 

http://www.keepingcountry.com

The Abortion PIll - VICE / Broadly.

The Abortion PIll - VICE / Broadly.

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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.

Restoration

Restoration

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A young man's regrets over his past loss surface while working on a case similar to his dead brother. The healing process begins. 

Original music  awarded "Best Original Score" by The Long Island International Film Expo in July of 2015.

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Dustland

Dustland

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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. 

THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON

THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON

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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.

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

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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".

The Astonishing Effects of Zebulon's Machine

The Astonishing Effects of Zebulon's Machine

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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.

He Was A Sweet Man

He Was A Sweet Man

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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.