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News from Second Act Studio

March 2011


SCOTT FREIMAN PRODUCES ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM TO ELIZABETH ROSE'S
IF U WANT ME, U CAN HAVE ME RIGHT NOW!!

Elizabeth Rose is a comedian and songwriter, as well as the creator of the one woman show If U Want Me, U Can Have Me Right Now!! The show has received rave reviews for Rose's hysterical stories and funny, personal songs.

Scott worked with Elizabeth for several months recording and mixing the songs from the show. All the work was performed at Second Act Studio. The CD was released in March of 2011 and is available here.

You can find out more about Elizabeth Rose on her Web site.

 

Elizabeth Rose


December 2010


FLYING MONSTERS - 3D/IMAX DOCUMENTARY
5.1 MUSIC MIX BY SCOTT FREIMAN

Scott completed the 5.1 music mix for the documentary Flying Monsters with music composed by Joel Douek and orchestrations by Greg Pliska. Portions of the music were recorded in Prague. The mixing sessions took place at Second Act Studio.

The documentary, written and presented by Sir David Attenborough will get a cinema release in both large format and IMAX cinemas around the world and will premiere on Sky 3D later this year.

The film focuses on pterosaurs - flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet who lived 200 million years ago.

More information about Flying Monsters here.

 

Martin Landau


March 2010


LIFE -- BBC/DISCOVERY SERIES
ORIGINAL MUSIC AND 5.1 MUSIC MIX
BY SCOTT FREIMAN

Scott contributed original music to the eleven part series LIFE, the BBC/Discovery sequel to Planet Earth, the most successful TV documentary of all time. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, LIFE explores our planet's living things and their spectacular, bizarre and fascinating behaviors. More than four years in the making, with over 3,000 days of filming in the field, LIFE spans every continent and every habitat. Each episode focuses on a different animal or plant group, engrossing viewers with never-before-seen behaviors using the latest in state-of-the-art high-definition filming techniques. Each episode tells mind-blowing stories of survival with drama, humor and suspense.

In addition to contributing original music to LIFE, Scott created the 5.1 surround music mix for the entire series.

More about LIFE here.

 

Martin Landau


November 2009


BUDRUS - AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
SOUND EDITED AND MIXED BY SCOTT FREIMAN

Scott completed sound design and mixing for the film Budrus, winner of a Special Jury Mention in the World Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. Budrus has been featured in a number of film festivals, including the Dubai Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival (Silver Audience Award, Best Documentary), and the San Francisco International Film Festival (Audience Award). Budrus was written and directed by Julia Bacha, the co-director of Encounter Point for which Scott also provided sound design and the final mix.

Budrus is the story of a Palestinian-led movement in the West Bank that brings together all Palestinian political factions and Israelis to wage a 10-month nonviolent struggle to protect the village of Budrus from destruction. The people of Budrus reject revenge in favor of Gandhian approaches to resolving conflict.

Check out the trailer for Budrus here.

 

Martin Landau


August 2009


WHY US? LEFT BEHIND AND DYING
SOUND EDITED AND MIXED

BY SCOTT FREIMAN AND JOEL DOUEK

In addition to cleaning and editing the sound for Why Us?, Scott created the sound design and a 5.1 surround mix for the film along with fellow Manhattan Producers Alliance member, Joel Douek.

The official film Web site can be found at www.diversityfilms.org.

Check out the trailer for
Why Us? Left Behind and Dying here.

 

Martin Landau


April 2009


Game Music Inc

GAME MUSIC INC. AND SECOND ACT STUDIO FORM ALLIANCE TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE AUDIO SERVICES FOR VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY

Game Music Inc. (GMI), a music and sound design company for videogames and interactive media, and Second Act Studio, a full-service studio for audio post-production, have formed an alliance to provide comprehensive audio services for the video gaming industry. The two companies will provide original music, sound design, sound editing, dialogue and effects recording, and mixing for videogames and other interactive media. This partnership creates a “one-stop shop” for media producers.

To read the complete press release, click here.

 


March 2009


SCOTT FREIMAN SOUND EDITS, MIXES, AND COMPOSES ORIGINAL SCORE FOR IVORY

When Laurence Gingold, the writer and co-producer of the feature film Ivory, needed a sound editor and mixer for his film, he turned to Scott Freiman and Second Act Studio. It wasn't long before Scott was also hired to compose the original score of the film. Collaborating with fellow composer Michael Worth, Scott created an orchestral score inspired by the Brahms Concerto that features prominently in the film. Ivory, the tale of pianists competing in an international piano competition, stars Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Beau Garrett (Tron 2.0), and Travis Fimmel ("The Beast").

For more information about Ivory, visit http://www.ivorythemovie.com.

 

Martin LandauPeter Stormare


Pro Tools 8 101: Core Pro Tools 8

February 2009
MACPROVIDEO RELEASES PRO TOOLS 8 101: CORE PRO TOOLS 8

Online tutorial-video vendor macProVideo.com has released Pro Tools 8 101: Core Pro Tools 8 taught by Scott Freiman. The tutorial is receiving rave reviews from users.

 

 

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October 2008


NEW AMY HARRIS ("SEX AND THE CITY") WEB SERIES

SOUND EDITED AND MIXED AT SECOND ACT STUDIO

The women who wrote all the "Sex and the City" episodes for HBO are back at it - but this time, they're focusing on dogs. Amy Harris created a Web series called "Puppy Love" and got Cindy Chupack, LizTuccillo, Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky to help write and direct the Web-isodes that benefit the ASPCA and will air on Lstudio.com. Famke Janssen, Ally Sheedy, Kristen Johnston, Martha Plimpton and Dan Hedaya have all starred in the short shows.  Post production audio was completed by Scott at Second Act Studio.

You can catch the latest episodes of "Puppy Love" at lstudio.com.

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

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October 2008
MACPROVIDEO RELEASES TWO NEW COURSES

Online tutorial-video vendor macProVideo.com has released a new line of Native Instruments tutorials taught by Scott Freiman. The tutorials on Native Instrumemts' KORE and KOMPLETE are receiving rave reviews from users.

In over twelve hours of video training, Scott reviews every aspect of Native Instrument's "super instrument," KORE, and covers all thirteen of the KOMPLETE instruments in great detail.

 

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September 2008
SCOTT FREIMAN JOINS CODE INTERNATIONAL FOR TWO PERFORMANCES Code International

A two-night celebration of music for and inspired by classic films, ScoreFest 2008 (www.thecodeinternational.com/scorefest) kicked off its inaugural year with an exciting mix of performances, screenings and panel discussions, featuring renowned film and television composers, avant garde musicians and actors as well as surprise celebrity guests. Sponsored by Electronic Musician Magazine and the Manhattan Producers Alliance, in conjunction with Big Fish Media, the highlight of the festival will be screenings of “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” (1958) and the “The Taking of Pelham 123” (1974), followed by discussions of the pieces and “re-visioned” interpretations by The Code Ensemble, led by Grammy-winner Steve Horowitz, best known for his work with “Super Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock. Among the newer pieces presented are “The Re-Taking of Pelham 123”, a short film re-vision of the original movie, which played to rave reviews at the Kitchen a few years ago, and the debut of “Invasion from the Chicken Planet,” a hilarious re-vision of “I Married a Monster” and other classic Sci-fi, complete with live actors and the 12-piece Code Ensemble.

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Outlandos MusicApril 2008
SCOTT FREIMAN JOINS MANHATTAN PRODUCERS ALLIANCE

Scott Freiman is now an affiliate member of the Manhattan Producers Alliance, a premier membership collective of music composers, producers and engineers in New York City.   The MPA is a cooperative business model that works like the board of a luxury co-op building, approving its members based on their qualifications. Once a member is accepted, he/she pays dues to the MPA as that member continues to operate his/her own businesses. For those who make the cut, membership has its privileges: full access to the MPA's infrastructure and resources, which include office space, a staff, a suite of networked, fully outfitted production studios and, most importantly, fellow MPA members.

 

 

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April 2008Songs Of Love
'SONGS OF LOVE' NOW COMPOSED AT SECOND ACT

The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized songs for chronically and terminally ill children and young adults.  Scott Freiman together with jazz singer Nicole Pasternak have joined Songs Of Love as songwriters and will be recording their original compositions at Second Act.

 

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Outlandos MusicMarch 2008
ADULT MUSIC FREAKS UNITE -- OUTLANDOS MUSIC IS LAUNCHED!

Kate Bradley, a Triple-A (Adult Album Alternative) radio programming veteran, launches a new company designed to introduce adult music lovers to undiscovered music -- Outlandos Music. Together with partners, Al Cattabiani and Scott Freiman, Outlandos Music will serve up the Daily 'Dos, two songs everyday, through a custom widget that can be embedded in corporate and personal Web sites. Outlandos will also provide consulting to musicians who want to build their career, as well as music supervision for media and corporate clients.

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January 2008
THE GOOD MOTHER OF ABANGOH SOUND EDITED AND MIXED AT SECOND ACT

News from Second Act StudioThe Good Mother of Abangoh is the story of Sister Jane Mankaa, a woman who defies her family to join a contemplative religious order then leaves that community to care for the orphaned children in her village. The inspiration, dedication and willpower of this amazing woman sustains her family of 43 children. Shot on location in Abangoh, Cameroon, this film captures just how Sister Jane helps her children recover from their suffering and flourish in their newfound lives.

The Good Mother of Abangoh was directed by Nadine C. Licostie and is being sound edited and mixed by Scott at Second Act.

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News from Second Act StudioDecember 2007
JESSIE LAMBIASE RECORDS EP AT SECOND ACT

Sixteen year-old guitarist and singer-songwriter Jessie Lambiase recently completed her EP, Still Waters, at Second Act Studio. Lambiase was accompanied by John Katiris on guitar, Anthony Candullo on bass, Erik Perez on drums, and Scott Freiman on keyboards. The five tracks, including a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind," will be produced by Scott.

Lambiase has been a staple at local Westchester hot spots for the last year and a half. You can catch her at Antoinette's in Hastings, The Black Cat in Irvington, and Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown.

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Not Just Another Holiday CDNovember 2007
GARAGISTA MUSIC RELEASES NOT JUST ANOTHER HOLIDAY CD

"I cannot recall having ever reviewed a Christmas compilation as richly diverse as Garagista Music's Not Just Another Holiday CD." -- ChristmasReviews.com

This summer, a collection of rock and jazz musicians from Westchester County came to Second Act Studio to record original versions of holiday songs, as well as some new holiday songs. The resulting CD, Not Just Another Holiday CD, includes 21 songs.

In addition to co-producing the CD with the incredible Doug Epstein, Scott arranged and played keyboards on many of the tracks. It was great fun to jump from the "second line" version of Nicole Pasternak's "Good King Wenceslas" to the synth-filled "Solstice Signs" (an original Lisa Lynne Mathis tune) to Jim Keyes' rockabilly "O Little Town of Bethlehem." And that's Scott doing his best bossa piano on "O Holy Night."

Click here to read an excellent review of the CD at ChristmasReviews.com.

You can buy or download the CD at Garagista Music. Check out the brand new Garagista Web site while you're there!

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School of the Arts CDOctober 2007
T. LAVITZ'S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS IS RELEASED,

FEATURING JOHN PATITUCCI RECORDED AT SECOND ACT STUDIO

The brainchild of keyboardist extraordinaire T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead), School of the Arts culls the supreme talents of such fusion and progressive instrumental music heavyweights as drummer Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) bassist John Patitucci (Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter), guitarist Frank Gambale (Corea, Vital Information), electric violinist Jerry Goodman of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shadowfax, and Dixie Dregs fame, and T s longtime friend, Dregs mastermind, and Magna Carta label mate, monster axeman Steve Morse.

When it came time to record the bass parts for the CD, Patitucci turned to Scott and Second Act Studio where  John knocked out the incredibly complex bass parts.

More information about School of the Arts can be found at http://www.tlavitz.net/.

 

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Encounter Point DVDAugust 2007
ENCOUNTER POINT
DVD IS RELEASED

It's been shown all over the world to critical acclaim. Now, you can see it in the privacy of your own home. I'm talking, of course, about the documentary Encounter Point directed by Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS) and Julia Bacha (co-writer/editor of the award-winning documentary Control Room). The soundtrack, along with the audio commentary which accompanies the film on the DVD, was edited and mixed by Scott at Second Act.

You can find out more about the movie, see a trailer, and buy the DVD at encounterpoint.com. The DVD is also available from Amazon and many other online retailers.

 

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Christmas in July at Second Act StudioJuly 2007
CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT SECOND ACT STUDIO!

A host of talented musicians visited Second Act Studio during July to record tracks for an upcoming Garagista release of Holiday music. A multitude of unusual and unique versions of public domain and original Holiday songs were recorded over a period of several weeks. The recordings are being produced by Doug Epstein and Scott.

The artists included Kathryn Raio singing a multi-part, acapella version of "We Three Kings"; Nicole Pasternak singing her original song, "Heaven On Earth; Cory Morgenstern performing a salsa version of "Greensleaves"; Lisa Lynne Mathis along with Jay Azzolina performing "In the Bleak Midwinter"; Parlor Tricks performing a punk "Deck the Halls"; Loryn Altsher perfoming the Hanukah song "Candles" with her children singing backup; the Stained Glass Apostles performing a hard rock version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"; Jim Keyes performing a rockabilly "O Little Town of Bethlehem; a gospel choir from New York's Riverside Church performing "Go Tell It On the Mountain"; and even Garagista's own Al Cattabiani and I accompanying Lisa Lynne Mathis on "O Holy Night". All in all, more than thirty songs have been recorded.

Look for more details about the CD at the Garagista Music website.

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Alycea EnchJune 2007
A wonderful singer/songwriter, Alycea Ench, dropped by Second Act
recently to record several original songs. Scott is producing the recordings of Alycea's songs which range from country to rock to reggae to bluegrass. Accompanying Alycea at the sessions were Lorenzo Wolff on bass, Ken Harten on guitar, Joe Domingo on drums, and Rick Ench on guitar.

 

 

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LApril 2007
GARAGISTA JUST RELEASED LISA LYNNE MATHIS' HANCOCK PLACE

This extraordinary CD from singer/songwriter/pianist Lisa Lynne Mathis was recorded completely at Second Act Studio and throughout the house. Featuring some outstanding musicians, including strings, brass, and gospel vocals, the music is really wonderful. In addition to co-producing the CD (with Douglas Epstein), playing keyboards, and writing the string arrangements, Scott is making his recorded debut as an accordion player!

There is a music video about the Making of Hancock Place and a music video for the song "Anchor" (filmed in and around Second Act Studio) on Lisa's web site (www.lisalynnemathis.com). You can also launch the music player on Lisa's site to sample the music from the CD. The CD is now available for purchase exclusively at Garagista Music.

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John PatitucciApril 2007
JOHN PATITUCCI VISITS SECOND ACT

Ask any jazz musician for his or her favorite bassist, and John Patitucci is sure to be top of the list. From his experience playing with such renowned bands as Chick Corea's Akoustic and Elektrik Bands, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter to his extensive career as a soloist and recording artist, John has long held the respect of not only his peers but his fervent fans as well. In the world of bass as well as jazz, the name Patitucci gathers only respect and praise. Besides being a stellar musician, John is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

John visited Second Act to record bass tracks for an upcoming release by keyboardist/composer T Lavitz (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead). Also performing on the CD are Chick Corea Band veterans David Weckl and Frank Gambale.

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Encounter PointMarch 2007
Encounter Point co-director/writer/editor Julia Bacha, producer Joline Makhlouf, director/producer Ronit Avni, and producer Nahanni Ross (l to r) met recently at Second Act to record the commentary for the upcoming DVD of Encounter Point. In a fascinating session, they discussed the difficulties in making the documentary, the fun of working with the "cast", and the reactions from showings all over the world. Look for the DVD's release later this spring. In the meantime, check out www.encounterpoint.com for all the latest news about the film.

 

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Repeat MotionMarch 2007
Scott has been working with John Santiago, guitarist extraordinaire, and his band NiNe Deep on a CD's worth of original songs. Featuring drummer Kevin Cronin (no, it's not the REO Speedwagon guy) and bassist Will Van Carpels, the songs channel Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The trio completed a grueling four days laying down the basic tracks for the CD at Second Act. Over the next month, we'll be recording vocals, background vocals, keyboards, and additional guitar.

 

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Lisa Lynne MathisAugust - December 2006
The end of the summer and the beginning of the fall have brought a whirlwind of activity to Second Act as the studio played host to Lisa Lynne Mathis and an impressive host of musicians. Every note of Lisa's new CD has been recorded and mixed at Second Act Studio. It is only fitting that the CD will be called "Hancock Place"!

Lisa's band was made up of drummer Jonathan Peretz (Blood Sweat & Tears, Ricky Martin, Bob James, Maynard Ferguson) and guitarist Jay Azzolina (Spyro Gyra, Rickie Lee Jones, The Manhattan Transfer, The Jay Azzolina Trio). Also joining were bassists Mark Peterson (Blood Sweat & Tears, Elton John) and Tash Olds-Neal (Pharmacy). A string quintet featuring several top classical music players was recorded along with french horn. Most recently, three quarters of the Blood, Sweat, & Tears' horn section showed up in late September to record several brass arrangements for the CD composed by trumpet player Steve Jankowski. In addition to playing trumpet with BS&T, Chic, Don Henley, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, the Funk Brothers (featuring Steve Winwood and Billy Preston), and Donna Summer, Steve is one of only three trumpet players to have played with legendary recording artists Chicago. Joining Steve for the session were saxophonist and arranger Tom Timko (Elton John, Toto, Tower of Power - lead tenor, Alice Cooper, Chicago, Gloria Estefan, Tom Timko & the Horndogs) and trombonist and arranger/composer Jens Wendelboe (Donna Summer - musical director, Crazy Energy Jazz Quartet, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jens Wendelboe Big Band).

On October 3, three of the best vocalists in New York laid down some amazing background vocals for Lisa's CD. Three-time Tony-nominee Michael McElroy, the vocal arranger and tenor, is well known for his work as director of Broadway Inspirational Voices, as well as performances in Broadway shows from Big River to Rent. Joining Michael were singer/songwriter Shayna Steele and singer Capathia Jenkins (currently wowing crowds in Martin Short's Fame Becomes Me ).

Co-producing the CD with Scott is Doug Epstein (Rod Stewart, Leon Redbone, Bob James). The CD is being Executive Produced by Scott, Lisa, and Garagista Music founder, Al Cattabiani.

Check out some pictures from the recordings here.

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Dave MasonJuly 14, 2006
LOT'S OF GARAGISTA NEWS THIS SUMMER! First of all, we're "Feelin' Alright" to welcome Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Dave Mason (founding member of Traffic and longtime solo artist) to the Garagista family. Dave will be our “curator,” scouring the world for under-the-radar artists and songs for Garagista. He’s gathering some goodies as we speak, so visit www.garagistamusic.com regularly for his upcoming commentaries.

Secondly, Scott has been producing the latest CD from Garagista artist, Lisa Lynne Mathis. Lisa is a fantastic talent just waiting to be discovered. Her style crosses Carole King with Norah Jones and her lyrics are always emotional and inspiring. This recording was a unique experience at Second Act where we converted our living room, dining room, and library into a three room recording studio to record the backing tracks for the CD. Working with us were superb musicians like Jonathan Peretz (Blood Sweat & Tears, Ricky Martin, Bob James, Maynard Ferguson) and Jay Azzolina (Spyro Gyra, Rickie Lee Jones, The Manhattan Transfer, The Jay Azzolina Trio). Co-producing the CD with Scott is Doug Epstein (Rod Stewart, Leon Redbone, Bob James). What a thrill to hear these top players! Loads of neighbors and friends stopped by to share in the experience. We'll be recording lots of overdubs throughout the summer, including brass arrangements by Steven Jankowski (Chicago, Donna Summer, Don Henley) and string arrangements by Scott. Look for the still unnamed CD later this year. In the meantime, be sure to check out Lisa's debut CD, Lisa Lynne Mathis, at Garagista Music where you can download the CD or selected tracks.

Finally, Scott hosts two podcasts highlighting Garagista's jazz and rock artists. If you have never listened to a podcast before, it's extremely simple. It's no more than an online radio show that you can play through iTunes or many other methods. You can even subscribe to the podcasts to download new episodes automatically. Everything you need to know about the Garagista podcasts can be found by clicking here.

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Awards SeasonMay 6, 2006
IT'S AWARDS SEASON!

AWARD #1: Encounter Point, the documentary sound edited by Scott, received the Virgin Megastore Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. The film also placed fourth on the audience's list of top films at the Hot Docs Festival in Tortonto. The film played to sold out crowds at both festivals, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

AWARD #2: Garagista Music was named Best Local Record Label by Westchester Magazine!

AWARD #3: Exit, the short filom that Scott scored and sound edited, won a Best Director Craft Award at the 2006 NYU First Run Festival.

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Manly FootwearApril 23, 2006
Scott is currently co-producing the latest single from Manly Footwear at Second Act Studio. Entitled Busman's Holiday, it's a feel-good, country-rock-flavored song that will be available as a download from GaragistaMusic.com in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for it!

 

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Second Act StudioMarch 24, 2006
THREE FILMS FEATURING SCOTT"S ORIGINAL MUSIC AND SOUND EDITING PREMIERE IN NEW YORK IN MARCH AND APRIL

On Tuesday, March 28, the short film Dancin' in the Street will receive its New York premiere as part of CineWoman NY. The film features four New York dancers dancing to Scott's original music. For more information, click here. You can also see the film on the Scores page of this Web site by clicking here.

The following week, Jamie's Dunier's narrative short, Exit, will be featured as part of the NYU First Run Film Festival on Saturday, April 8 at 5 PM and Sunday, April 9 at 5 PM at the Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th Street. The film which won the Best Directing award at last year's World Fest, features an original score by Scott. Scott also sound edited the film. To hear excerpts from the score, click here.

Finally, April 26th marks the World Premiere of Encounter Point at the Tribeca Film Festival, featuring sound editing by Scott. See the next News item for more information.

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March 20, 2006
Encounter Point, the documentary sound edited by Scott will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 26th at 6 PM. As you may know, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in response to the World Trade Center attacks. It is now a world-class festival.

Encounter Point is directed by Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha, the writer and editor of the critically acclaimed documentary Control Room. It follows some of the devoted Palestinians and Israelis working for peace in the region. For sixteen months, an Israeli/Palestinian/North American/Brazilian production team followed the stories of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who feel driven to work for an end to bloodshed and occupation in favor of peace. They traveled from Tel Monde to Tulkarem, from Hebron to Haifa documenting the courageous, painful, and moving stories of regular people who refuse to sit back as the conflict escalates. These civic leaders navigate suicide bombings and checkpoints to meet with militants on both sides, the wounded and apathetic masses.

Tickets will go on sale on April 8th for American Express cardholders and on April 15th for the general public. See tribecafilmfestival.org for details. Film subjects from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will appear at some of the screenings, and several will be followed by a Q&A.

Our screening times are as follows:

1. Wednesday April 26th at 6pm at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 12 - Broadway at 68th Street, followed by a Q&A with the subjects.
2. Thursday, April 27th at 10am at the Tribeca Grand Hotel - 2 Avenue of the Americas. PLEASE NOTE: This is a screening for press only. If you qualify, please make sure you receive the proper accreditation so that you can attend.
3. Friday, April 28th at 2pm at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 - West 34th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. This is a perfect opportunity for college classes, youth groups, high school students, community groups and others to see the film.
4. Thursday, May 4 at 6pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - 36 Battery Place, Battery Park City.
5. Saturday May 6 at 8pm at AMC Loews Village 7 - 3rd Avenue at East 11th Street.

You can find out more about Encounter Point here. Stay tuned for more updates on West Coast and Canadian premieres!

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In A WordDecember 12, 2005
Garagista Music announces its first artist release -- In a Word from Nicole Pasternak. Two tracks from the CD have already appeared on the Rivertown Voices CD. Every track on the CD has a one word title. It's a wonderful setting for some delightful jazz, featuring long time bandmates Don Friedman, Dennis Irwin, and Ralph Lalama. Find out more here.

 

 

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UndoneDecember 5, 2005
As a child, Scott watched the soap opera "Dark Shadows" religiously. So, it seems only fitting that he should be asked to compose the score for the new thriller, UNDONE, starring "One Life to Live" star, Kassie DePaiva, and directed by her husband and former co-star, James DePaiva. UNDONE also features soap stars Heather Tom, Timothy D. Stickney, and Forbes March. In addition to composing the original score for the film, Scott will be acting as sound designer and sound editor. The final mix will be prepared at Second Act Studio.

 

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People of the YearDecember 2, 2005
Oy vey! Scott is featured in a cover story in the Baltimore Jewish Times entitled "People of the (Year) Book". The article highlights several former students of Pikesville Senior High School that won end of the year accolades from their classmates.

Read the article here.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2005
While most of America polished off the last of their Thanksgiving leftovers, Scott was working round the clock to complete the final mix of the feature-length documentary, ENCOUNTER POINT, the new film from director Ronit Avni and the writer and editor of the critically acclaimed documentary, Control Room, Julia Bacha. For sixteen months, an Israeli/Palestinian/North American/Brazilian production team followed the stories of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who feel driven to work for an end to bloodshed and occupation in favor of peace. They traveled from Tel Monde to Tulkarem, from Hebron to Haifa documenting the courageous, painful, and moving stories of regular people who refuse to sit back as the conflict escalates. These civic leaders navigate suicide bombings and checkpoints to meet with militants on both sides, the wounded and apathetic masses.

ENCOUNTER POINT will be released in early 2006.

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Garagista MusicNovember 27, 2005
An article on Garagista Music appears in today's New York Times. Check it out here.

 

 

 

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Bassam SabaNovember 11, 2005
Second Act played host to Bassam Saba, one of the best Nay (bamboo reedless flute) players in the world, and film composer Kareem Roustom. Mr. Saba had just flown in from Japan where he was performing with Yo Yo Ma. Bassam and Kareem were at Second Act to record Nay parts for Kareem's original score for the new documentary ENCOUNTER POINT. The score features many of the world's best Middle Eastern musicians and was recorded in several studios in Chicago, Boston, and here at Second Act.


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Clarissa SincenoNovember 4, 2005
For quite a while, gospel singer Clarissa Sinceno has been wowing audiences with a thirty minute acapella medley of gospel songs. This November, Clarissa visited Second Act Studio to record this medley on her new CD, "A Spirit Sings." Produced by Scott, the CD is available from Clarissa's Web site at http://www.ClarissaSinceno.com.

 

 

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Composed by Scott FreimanSeptember 24, 2005
On September 24, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall hosted a sold-out concert of Scott's original music, "COMPOSED BY SCOTT FREIMAN". The concert featured a string quartet, a wind quintet, and several orchestral pieces. A sixteen piece orchestra under the direction of Grammy-nominated Broadway composer Jason Howland performed at the concert. Also included in the performance were Scott's song about George Bush's summer vacation, A Perfect Day, sung by Brad York, an arrangement of Lisa Lynne Mathis's song "Do You Know What" performed by Ms. Mathis, and a suite of music from Scott's score of the Amy Wendel film, BODIES. The concert concluded with a performance of Scott's Imaginary Telescope featuring Springhurst Elementary School's elite childrens choir, The Harmonaires.

Selected audio and video from the concert can be found here.

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Foreign PolicyAugust 25, 2005
FOREIGN POLICY has been chosen as an Official Selection of the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The film, directed by Amy Wendel, was also named an Official Selection of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Scott composed the original score for the short film.

Here an excerpt from the score here.

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Rivertown Rock - Rivertown VoicesAugust 17, 2005
Today, mastering sessions were completed for Garagista Music's first two CDs, RIVERTOWN ROCK and RIVERTOWN VOICES. The sessions were conducted by A. T. Michael MacDonald at Algorhythms. Both CDs are compilations featuring a range of artists from towns along the Hudson River, including Matt Turk, Ed Bettinelli, CatDaddy Jones, and Rebecca Spencer. The CDs were executive produced by Scott along with his partner, Al Cattabiani. Included on the discs are several tracks produced by Scott, including Daddy-O's "Party of Two", Shavonne Conroy's "All of Me", and SMFK's "Down". Scott's string arrangement of Lisa Lynne Mathis' "Broken World" is also included. If you listen closely, you can even hear Scott playing the organ on Lisa's "Good Old Days".

You can listen to excerpts from the CDs at http://www.GaragistaMusic.com where both CDs are available for purchase. You can also purchase the CDs from Amazon and CDBaby.

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Tokyo String QuartetApril 19, 2005
The acclaimed TOKYO STRING QUARTET visits Second Act Studio for a rehearsal recording of Beethoven's middle period string quartets. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the quartet’s members are: violist Kazuhide Isomura, a founding member of the group; second violinist Kikuei Ikeda, who joined the ensemble in 1974; cellist Clive Greensmith, the former Principal Cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who joined in 1999; and first violinist Martin Beaver, who joined the ensemble in 2002. The Tokyo String Quartet played “The Paganini Quartet,” a group of Stradivarius instruments acquired and played by the renowned virtuoso during the 19th century. The instruments have been loaned to the ensemble by the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.



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