Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, Score: A Film Music Documentary illustrates how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film’s emotional climax. Turning the spotlight on the creative struggles that make up a major motion picture score, the documentary showcases the way the world’s top soundsmiths solve musical challenges – from the creative to the technical.
After the screening, Robert Kraft will be in conversation with Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music at Harvard.
This event, which is presented through a partnership between the Office for the Arts and the Harvard Music Department, is free and open to the public. It is supported by the Bernard H. and Mildred Kayden Artist is Residence Fund and the Melvoin Family Fund.
Robert Kraft is an award-winning songwriter, film composer, recording artist and record producer. As president of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012, Kraft was the executive in charge of music for more than 300 Fox feature films and dozens of TV shows. Highlights during his tenure at Fox include the record-breaking scores and soundtracks from Titanic, Avatar, Moulin Rouge, Waiting To Exhale, Garden State, Walk The Line, Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, Black Swan, Life of Pi and Once.
Kraft has earned an Academy Award, two Grammy Award and two Golden Globe nominations for co-composing the songs, Beautiful Maria of My Soul from The Mambo Kings, and How Can I Not Love You with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds from Anna and the King. In 1989, Kraft co-produced all of the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songs from The Little Mermaid including Under The Sea. In 1992, he was nominated for a Grammy as the producer of A Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack. The Tri-Star film. Hudson Hawk (1991) starring Bruce Willis, was based on his song Hudson Hawk.
In 2013, Kraft started Kraftbox Entertainment, with projects in production across several platforms, including the feature film Sugar Hill at Warner Bros Studios, The Lion, an Off-Broadway musical, and (with Quincy Jones) Jazz Ambassadors a TV series set during the Cold War. He co-produced the film, SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017), which entered the iTunes and Amazon documentary charts at No. 1. He signed trumpeter, singer and songwriter Spencer Ludwig to Warner Bros Records in 2016.