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The Ledge (2011)
Opened: 04/08/2011 Limited
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In this race-against-time thriller, the opposing philosophies of two men embroiled in a complicated love triangle with a beautiful woman (Liv Tyler) escalate into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, the believer (Patrick Wilson) forces the non-believer (Charlie Hunnam) onto the ledge of a tall building. He gives him one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's, while a policeman (Terrence Howard) tries to convince him to come down from the ledge.
Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice? The Ledge is a nuanced character study of love and conviction that will force you to ask how far you'd be willing to go for what you believe in.
A Q&A with Writer/Director Matthew Chapman
What drew you to writing this project?
Growing up, the best example I had of a happy and functional relationship was that of my uncle and his boyfriend (who have now been together for 50 years.) I probably wasn't much older than ten when it became clear to me that the motivation for this hatred either came from or was justified by the bible. This offended me in a deeply personal way because I could see the suffering it caused in two people I loved and respected. When I came to America, I heard about people who sought to deprive children of a real science education because their reading of the bible forced them to believe the world was only 8,000 years old. This offended me in an intellectual way and I became fascinated by how faith sometimes caused otherwise decent and intelligent people to become cruel and irrational. I wrote two books on the subject and then, not really expecting that it would ever get made, decided to write a movie dealing with some of these issues, a kind of philosophical thriller.
There are two primary stories (the jumper and the affair) can you talk about how they relate to another and how if at all they inform one another?
Both the jumper (Charlie Hunnam) and his antagonist (Patrick Wilson) have suffered bad losses. One has turned away from God as a result; the other feels he has been saved by God. Both are imperfect men seeking love and truth in similar and different ways. Both of them rely on their convictions to get them through the day, but both also need but lack romantic love, though perhaps neither of them know this at the start. Love and loss of love pushes each of them to philosophical extremes. Ultimately, I believe they are united in a peculiar way in as much as at least both of them have convictions.
Talk about the religious fundamentalism and how it informs Patrick Wilson's character.
Patrick Wilson's character, the fundamentalist, is based on someone I got to know in Tennessee when I was writing my first book, but I have met many people like him. I've been to church with them, listened to them preach, eaten with them and gotten to know their families. They are not at all uncommon. Such people are capable of great kindness, great selflessness, and great charity. They also believe that most people in the world (and certainly me) are going to burn in hell forever -- and weirdly enough this doesn't seem to bother them too much. In science, there is an expression: extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs. I think it's also true that extraordinary beliefs require extraordinary pain. Without extraordinary pain, no one would accept this concept (salvation) when its corollary is the damnation of so many of their fellow human beings. I identify with pain, so I have sympathy. To a certain extent.
Talk about the elements that make a great thriller.
I've written a number of thrillers and I love the form. It is primitive in a way but can be elegant and fun. I also believe that thrillers and comedies are underused as vehicles for carrying serious themes. If people are in suspense or doubled up laughing, they'll ingest all kinds of stuff without feeling they're being lectured to. It really helps if you have some kind of profound antagonism. The rest is trying, if you have time, to create shots that are intrinsically suspenseful. Sometimes this can be achieved by movement. In "The Ledge" I experimented in certain scenes with the reverse, a kind of uneasy stillness. Then there is music, which can also create an atmosphere that's compelling even when (apparently) little is happening.
Talk about the transition from script to screen and working with the incredible cast.
The script was deliberately "talky". I knew that the first third of the film would seem slow to some people, but that this was the necessary price for getting to know the characters well enough to care about them in the remaining two thirds. There was pressure at times to remove or change dialogue, but as I'd written the thing for myself, never guessing I'd be lucky enough to find producers with the courage to make it, I resisted. I've never understood why it's considered profoundly interesting to watch people talking a lot on stage (when you can't even see their faces clearly), but sort of "not done" to do the same on film when you have the beauty of the close up. I was very careful in casting the movie to make sure I had actors who could handle long dialogue scenes, but I never imagined I'd get such incredible performances as I did. There is nothing more exciting than to hear your dialogue delivered better than it was when you heard it in your head while writing it. I must admit that there were times when I became emotional in a very un-British way out of admiration for and gratitude to the actors.
About the Cast and Crew
MATTHEW CHAPMAN (Writer/Director)
Writer-Director Matthew Chapman is the critically acclaimed author of two non-fiction books, Trials of the Monkey - An Accidental Memoir and 40 Days and 40 Nights. Critics and newspapers from Christopher Hitchens to The Wall Street Journal have praised his books as brilliant, highly personal accounts of the battle between faith and reason. His screenplay credits include Consenting Adults directed by Alan J. Pakula, Color of Night, directed by Richard Rush, and Runaway Jury, directed by Gary Fleder. He is grateful to have been given the opportunity with The Ledge to marry his love of the thriller to his fascination with religious extremism.
CHARLIE HUNNAM (Gavin)
With his irresistible charm and versatility, Hunnam has captured the attention of audiences and critics in both the United Kingdom and Hollywood.
Charlie Hunnam plays "Jackson 'Jax' Teller, SAMCRO's Vice-President on FX's SONS OF ANARCHY. Jax is the son of John Teller, founder of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. This life is all he has ever known. Jax is a paradox on two wheels -- intelligent, sensitive, and reflective -- yet quick tempered and dangerously reactive.
Hunnam most recently starred in Matthew Chapman's The Ledge alongside Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, and Terrence Howard. This film is set to be released next year. Before that, Hunnam appeared with Elijah Wood in the independent film Green Street Hooligans about the violent world of soccer hooliganism. He then starred opposite Clive Owen in Alfonso Curaon's apocalyptic drama Children of Men.
Hunnam made his big screen debut in the Paramount thriller Abandon and continued to gain attention for his performance in the title role of the big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Nicholas Nickelby, which received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Picture. He next appeared as "Bosie" in the Miramax feature Cold Mountain for director Anthony Minghella based on the bestselling novel by Charles Frazier.
On the small screen, Hunnam received audience and critical acclaim for his role in the hit British drama, Queer as Folk. In this show about two gay friends, Hunnam played the role of "Nathan," a 15-year-old on the lookout for older men. Hunnam also played the same role in the follow-up television mini-series, Queer As Folk 2. He also starred in the critically acclaimed FOX series Undeclared for Judd Apatow, playing the suave theatre major from Britain who enlightened his roommate to women.
Other feature credits include Peter Hewitt's Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? for USA Films. In addition to his acting talents, Hunnam completed his first screenplay entitled VLAD. This project is set up at Summit Entertainment with Eric Feig and Plan B producing, and Anthony Mandler set to direct.
LIV TYLER (Shana)
Liv Tyler made her film debut with the leading role in SILENT FALL, directed by Bruce Beresford, opposite Richard Dreyfuss. After another lead in EMPIRE RECORDS, Tyler portrayed a waitress in a local diner in James Mangold's HEAVY, a favorite at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. However, it was Tyler's unforgettable role as 'Arwen' in New Line Cinema's blockbuster trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, and the final installment, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING that drew international acclaim.
Liv returns to the big screen in 2011 with feature roles in Matthew Chapman's suspense thriller THE LEDGE opposite Patrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam as well as James Gunn's dark comedy SUPER opposite Rain Wilson, Ellen Page, and Kevin Bacon. THE LEDGE will premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival and SUPER will hit theaters April 1st through IFC Films. She was last seen on screen as the beloved "Betty Ross" in Universal's THE INCREDIBLE HULK co-starring Edward Norton. She also starred in Bryan Bertino's instant cult classic THE STRANGERS opposite Scott Speedman as well as the 2007 drama REIGN OVER ME co-starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler.
Tyler's other film credits include: Steve Buscemi's LONESOME JIM; Kevin Smith's JERSEY GIRL co-starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez; Bernardo Bertolucci's STEALING BEAUTY opposite Jeremy Irons; Pat O'Connor's INVENTING THE ABBOTTS with Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup; and Michael Bay's ARMAGEDDON opposite Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. Tyler has also been seen in Robert Altman's COOKIE'S FORTUNE alongside Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, and Charles Dutton; Jake Scott's PLUNKETT & MACLEANE; ONEGIN co-starring Ralph Fiennes, as well as ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL'S opposite Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser and John Goodman.
Tyler recently signed on as the face of edgy and fashion-forward global denim label G-STAR -- appearing as the first celebrity spokesperson for the brand in their Fall 2010 advertising campaign. Tyler continues to be the face for Parfums Givenchy -- again setting a new precedent as the first celebrity to be connected to the designer since Audrey Hepburn more than 40 years ago.
Born in New York, Tyler was raised in Portland, Maine until the sixth grade when her family returned to Manhattan. She began modeling at age 14 and was seen in numerous print ads and television commercials before moving into acting. Tyler currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles with her son, Milo.
PATRICK WILSON (Joe)
Patrick Wilson is a critically acclaimed and an award-winning theatre actor who has quickly become well-known for his body of work. Never one to sit still, he was most recently seen on the big screen in "Morning Glory" with Harrison Ford, Dianne Keaton and Rachel McAdams. Wilson stars in the James Wan directed, horror film "Insidious," which was featured at the Toronto Film Festival and is scheduled for Release on April 1, 2011. He can also be seen in "The Ledge," opposite Liv Tyler which is in competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Patrick just wrapped "Young Adult," which he stars opposite Charlize Theron. The film was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman.
Wilson received praise for his work in the critically acclaimed drama "Little Children," in which he starred with Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley under the direction of Todd Field. His motion picture work also includes "The Switch"; "Barry Munday"; "The A Team"; "Evening"; "Lakeview Terrace"; "Passengers"; "Life in Flight"; "Purple Violets"; "Running with Scissors"; "Hard Candy"; "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Alamo".
On the small screen, Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of the morally conflicted Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries "Angels in America," the much-honored 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner's award-winning plays "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" and "Angels in America: Perestroika."
Wilson has been honored with two consecutive Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, the most recent coming for his performance as Curly in the successful 2002 Broadway revival of "Oklahoma!," for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He earned his first Tony nomination for his work in the 2001 Broadway hit "The Full Monty," for which he also garnered Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and won a Drama League Award.
In 2006, he returned to Broadway to star in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park," opposite Amanda Peet. His most recent Broadway credit is the 2008/09 revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes.
Born in Virginia and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida , Wilson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University . Starting his career on the stage, he earned applause in the national tours of "Miss Saigon" and "Carousel." In 1999, he starred off-Broadway in "Bright Lights, Big City ," winning a Drama League Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. That same year, he made his Broadway debut in "Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm," for which he won another Drama League Award.
Patrick resides on the east coast with his wife and children.
TERRENCE HOWARD (Hollis)
Academy Award nominee Terence Howard exploded onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 after delivering powerful performances in a number of film and TV productions. Howard has garnered multiple nominations including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, as well as awards for breakthrough Actor by the National Board or Review, Movieline, and the Gotham Awards. Crowed as the "Indie Film King" by Entertainment Weekly, he has also received the Rising Star Awards from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Renaissance Artist Award from the Diversity Awards and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International film Festival.
For his leading role in John Singleton's "Hustle & Flow," Terrence received nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, an Image Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor. The song, which he performs in the film, received a Critics Choice award and became the first rap song eer to receive an Academy Award. The cast also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble.
For the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Crash," Terrence and the all-star cast including Sandra Bullock, Don CHeadle, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, was nominated for a Gotham Award and swept up an Oscar at the 2006 Academy Awards for Best picture.
Keeping a powerful presence on the small screen as well, Howard was seen in the HBO film "Lackawanna Blues" directed by George C. Wolfe and based on Tony Award-winning Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical play. The cast, which includes Jeffrey Wright and S. Epatha Merkerson, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
In 2006, Howard took on a new role as host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, "Independent Lens," a showcase for independent filmmakers that introduced a new drama or documentary every episode.
Terrence's love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career on "The Cosby Show" after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director. The chance encounter helped Howard break into feature films and soon he was in such film as "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Howard's memorable performances are of scene-stealing characters such as 'Cowboy' in the Hughes brothers' film "Dead Presidents" and as 'Quentin' in Malcolm D. Lee's film "The Best Man." The latter earning him a NAACP Image Award, Independent Spirit Award nomination, and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination.
Other film credits include "Pride" opposite Bernie Mac, where he plays swim coach Jim Ellis who starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, John Singleton's crime drama "Angel Eyes;" "Hart's War'" "Four Brothers;" "Idlewild;" and Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin.'"
Terrence was most recently seen starring in Dito Montiel's "Fighting" with Channing Tatum and in Paramount's "Iron Man" opposite Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, which is based off of the famed comic book series. He also recently starred in the Warner Bros. thriller "The Brave One" with Jodie Foster, "The Hunting Party" with Richard Gere, "August Rush" with Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the Weinstein Company's "Awake" with Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen. He will next be seen in Lucasfilm's "RedTails" with Cuba Gooding Jr. and lent his voice along with Oprah Winfrey and Anika Noni Rose in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog."
This past winter, Terrence made his Broadway and stage debut in the revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," starring opposite Phylicia Rashad, James Earl Jones, and Anika Noni Rose, directed by Debbie Allen.
A self-taught musician Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. His musical talents were first seen on the big scsreen opposite Jamie Foxx in 2004's "Ray" for which they both earned a SAG nomination. In 2008, Howard released his debut album Shine a Light with Columbia Records, which he wrote, produced, and performed.
Terrence is also an involved philanthropist. He partnered with the Daimler Chrysler Foundation in 2007 and helped to garner a donation of $35,000 to the Kaleidoscope program at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He also recently became an Ambassador for the EIF National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and was recently announced as the Mentor Foundation's 2009 Global Ambassador for the promotion of health and wellbeing for children around the world.
CHRISTOPHER GORHAM (Chris)
Christopher Gorham, a charismatic and versatile actor, takes on the challenging role of a blind CIA officer in the hit new USA Network series "Covert Affairs". The series premiered in the summer of 2010 as the fourth highest rated show on cable and will return this coming June. He also stars alongside Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard in "The Ledge" which has been accepted into dramatic competition in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Gorham has completed starring roles in three other independent films in the last year; "Answer This!" with Arielle Kebbel and Chris Parnell, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend" with Alyssa Milano, and "Somebody's Hero".
Gorham was recently seen starring on ABC's "Ugly Betty" as Betty's accountant boyfriend, the endearing "Henry." He then transitioned into the role of a cold-blooded serial killer in the Jon Turteltaub produced CBS Series "Harper's Island". Gorham adeptly turned leading man on the acclaimed action-adventure drama series "Jake 2.0," where he starred as "Jake Foley. Gorham was also a series regular on the NBC comedy "Out of Practice" opposite Henry Winkler, Ty Burrell, Stockard Channing and Jennifer Tilly. Additional series regular television credits include "Medical Investigation", "Odyssey 5" and Ryan Murphy's "Popular".
Gorham made his feature film debut in acclaimed director Danny Boyle's "A Life Less Ordinary," with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. In direct contrast, he starred opposite Anne Hathaway as a missionary to Tonga in the film "The Other Side of Heaven" for producer Gerald Molen.
On the stage, he guest starred in the Off-Broadway production "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell" at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and performed in the play "The Water Children" at The Matrix Theatre.
Gorham is a Fresno native who, while attending UCLA met his wife, actress Anel Lopez Gorham with whom he now has two sons and a daughter.
MARK DAMON (Producer)
Mark Damon, credited with having invented the foreign sales business as we know it today, and considered one of the world's leading authorities on international distribution, has played a successful role in various facets of the entertainment industry for over 50 years.
His first 20 years were devoted to his acting career during which time he starred in 50 feature films. Among his more notable efforts were the cult-classic, The Fall of the House of Usher, for which he won a Golden Globe, directed by Roger Corman and co-starring Vincent Price. He made over 40 films in Europe, where he became one of the most successful of the Italian Spaghetti Western stars, and one of the most well known of the U.S. expatriate stars.
He first entered the world of independent sales and production in the 1970's while living and working in Italy where he saw a huge market of independent international distributors eager for top American movies. When Mark returned to the U.S. in 1977 he founded Producer Sales Organization (PSO). His goal was to sell important American pictures to international distributors, the first such company to compete with the major studios.
Mark Damon's subsequent success with PSO led to his reputation as the inventor of the foreign sales business and the brains behind independent film production. His early visionary contributions to the international distribution of independently produced films are widely recognized, and he has developed a reputation in the entertainment industry as one of the leading producers and distributors of independent films. Over the past 25 years, Mark Damon's productions have grossed over $2 billion in theatrical box office worldwide.
Mr. Damon has produced or executive produced over 70 films, and has received 10 Oscar nominations including the 2005 Oscar winner, Monster, starring Charlize Theron and The Upside of Anger, starring Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Kevin Costner. Other critically acclaimed films include the multi-Oscar nominated World War II drama, Das Boot, directed by Wolfgang Petersen; 9 1/2 Weeks, directed by Adrian Lyne; 8 Million Ways to Die, directed by Hal Ashby, Short Circuit, directed by John Badham; High Spirits directed by Neil Jordan; Choirboys directed by Robert Aldrich; The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher; The NeverEnding Story, directed by Wolfgang Petersen; Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, directed by Stephen Sommers; The Musketeer directed by Peter Hyams; and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, also directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Michael Douglas. Current productions include The Ledge, starring Liv Tyler, Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Patrick Wilson, and Charlie Hunnam; and Flypaper starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd, written by the writers of The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), and directed by Rob Minkoff.
Mr. Damon is one of the few independent producers who has two films invited to The 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Ledge for the U.S. Dramatic Competition category and Flypaper for an exclusive World Premiere.
Mr. Damon has been directly involved in the international licensing of over 300 feature length pictures, including such noteworthy box-office titles as the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Sean Connery; Prizzi's Honor, directed by John Houston and featuring Jack Nicholson and Angelica Houston; Once Upon A Time In America, directed by Sergio Leone and featuring Robert DeNiro and James Woods; Cotton Club, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Richard Gere; and The Final Countdown, starring Kirk Douglas.
Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Foresight Unlimited, a company he founded in October of 2005. Foresight Unlimited was established to develop, finance, produce and distribute high quality feature films for the domestic and international market place. In May of 2008, Mark Damon's biography, From Cowboy To Mogul To Monster, was published, chronicling his 50 years in the entertainment industry.
MICHAEL MAILER (Producer)
Michael Mailer has been working extensively in the independent film business since graduating from Harvard University in 1987. He co-wrote and produced his first feature film, "A Fool And His Money", starring Sandra Bullock and George Plimpton in 1988. Since then, Mailer has produced 10 feature films under his former shingle Bigel/Mailer Films. Such films include the critically acclaimed "Two Girls and a Guy" starring Robert Downey, Jr., Heather Graham, and Natasha Gregson Wagner (20th Century Fox, 1998), "Black and White" starring Brooke Shields, Elijah Wood, and Mike Tyson (Sony Pictures, 1999), and "Empire" starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, and Peter Sarsgaard (Universal Studios, 2002). He also found success with films like "Lost Junction" with Neve Campbell (MGM, 2000), "The Last Producer" with Burt Reynolds, Lauren Holly, and Benjamin Bratt (Artisan, 2002), and "Harvard Man" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joey Lauren Adams, and Adrien Grenier (Blockbuster, 2002). His library also includes "Giving it Up" with Dabney Coleman, Mark Feuerstein, and Ali Larter (Lion's Gate, 2003) and "The Money Shot" with Vincent Laresca and Tamara Tunie. In 2003, the company produced "Devour" starring a cast of Hollywood up-and-comers Jensen Ackles, Shannon Sossamon, and Dominique Swain (Columbia Tri-Star, 2004) and "Loverboy" with an all-star cast made up of Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, Oliver Platt, Sandra Bullock, Campbell Scott, and Matt Dillon (Millennium, 2004). "Loverboy" made its debut at Sundance in January of 2005 and was later released theatrically by Think Films. Michael Mailer Films was established in 2004 to focuses on both independent, character driven films and larger budgeted, concept oriented studio pictures. Since it's formation, MMF has produced six pictures: The romantic comedies, "Kettle of Fish", starring Matthew Modine and Gina Gershon and "The Golden Boys" starring David Carradine, Rip Torn, and Bruce Dern. Additionally, Mailer has produced the mixed martial arts-urban western, "Blood and Bone," starring Michael Jai White, as well as the psychological thriller, "The Lodger," starring Hope Davis and Simon Baker. Mailer recently completed production on the suspenseful drama "The Ledge," starring Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, Patrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam, as well as the off-beat comedy "Sunny Side Up," featuring Parker Posey.
NATHAN BARR (Composer)
Nathan Barr is a unique breed of composer. In addition to writing his scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in many of his compositions. Skilled in many styles and genres ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments from around the world, such as human bone trumpets from Tibet, dismantled pianos, a rare glass armonica and gourd cellos, among many others. Barr has scored more than 25 feature films, including Warner Bros' theatrical remake of the southern comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard, the unconventional Broken Lizard comedies Beerfest and Club Dread, New Regency's hit supernatural thriller Shutter, Lions Gate's horrifying thriller Hostel and Hostel 2 directed by Eli Roth, and Universal Pictures' critically acclaimed documentary Beyond the Mat, and the SXSW acclaimed documentary Hood to Coast. Barr's most ambitious solo project to date has been scoring and performing all episodes of Alan Ball's award winning HBO series True Blood. Barr recently finished the score to Matthew Chapman's The Ledge, which will be competing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Nathan began studying music in Tokyo, Japan at the age of four. He grew up surrounded by eclectic music ranging from Kabuki Theater to the sounds of his mother performing on the koto and piano, and his father playing the banjo, guitar, and shakuhachi. His interest in the art form was further influenced by extensive travels around the world, where he experienced music ranging from Bali's Kecak Orchestras to China's Beijing Opera. Barr went on to study at Skidmore College, and toured Italy and Switzerland with the Juilliard Cello Ensemble in the summer of 1993. In 1996, Barr moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career composing for film. Shortly thereafter, he joined Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions) and worked as assistant to world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer on films such as As Good As It Gets (1997) and The Prince of Egypt (1998). After just eight months, Barr landed an agent and his first solo feature film (Lions Gate's romantic comedy Too Smooth), prompting him to set out on his own.