World class composer and San Juan Island resident Alex Shapiro will attend Friday Harbor Film Fest's screening of Score a film music documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday April 17, 2018 at San Juan Island Grange. Shapiro, whose compositions have been featured in many films, will participate in the Q&A following the screening.
Score was directed by Matt Schrader. Film music speaks to us in a language we can understand, but few of us can speak. But what if we could? How much more could we appreciate the talents of those musical storytellers?
Score grew from Schrader’s personal exploration of film music’s power into a focused examination of why we feel these moments, and what goes into making them. Told entirely through the perspectives of film composers, directors and musicians, Score reveals the inspiration, instrumentation, ideas, challenges and triumphs of creating the modern Hollywood soundtrack.
Alex Shapiro aligns note after note with the hope that at least a few of them will actually sound good next to each other. Her persistence at this activity, as well as non-fiction music writing, public speaking, arts advocacy volunteerism, wildlife photography, and the shameless instigation of insufferable puns on Facebook, has led to a happy life. Drawing from a broad musical palette that giddily ignores genre, Alex's acoustic and electroacoustic works are published by Activist Music LLC, performed and broadcast daily, and can be found on nearly thirty commercial releases from record labels around the world. Alex is a familiar advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published writings, and volunteerism.
Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Alex moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles and in 2007 relocated to Washington State's remote San Juan Island, where, surrounded by wildlife, she composes in her home perched on the water's edge.