Berlinale Talents 2019

I was selected from over 3400 applicants to participate in this years Berlinale Talents 2019. It is the The Berlin International Film Festival’s talent development programme for 250 emerging filmmakers and drama series creators from all over the world. Over the course of the week we participated in many workshops, networking, film screenings, and project labs. Such an amazing experience that I will never forget!

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Colours of Ubuntu

I had the pleasure of scoring a wonderful short film that documents a program put on by a wonderful organization called Lalela. Artist Jane Waterous travelled to the rural town of Ubuntu, South Africa to engage with the youth there-

From Jane’s youtube channel: “This is a story of Ubuntu - the universal bond and sense of community at the core of every human. When violent riots broke out in Hout Bay, South Africa, the volunteers at Lalela found themselves with a decision to make. Amidst the violence, Lalela opened its doors for the children, providing not only a safe-haven, but a place where they could develop courage, strength, and perseverance in themselves, and as a community. Through the art projects, the children were prompted to find and portray their identities, and express what community means to them. We were soon surrounded by the most spirited of artists – facing a backdrop of a deep and complex history with a passionate people and breathtaking landscape. Colours of Ubuntu is a celebration of community, and the discovery of the role of art in the human spirit. “

Helping me out on the track was the members of the Toronto group the Interro Quartet.

Music recorded and mixed by Gary Honess at Kuhl Muzik

Dancing Dogs of Dombrova Premieres at 2018 Festivals

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova, Directed by Zack Bernbaum and starring Katherine Fogler and Douglas Nyback had it’s World Premiere in October 2018 at the Austin Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film also was featured in the Napa Film Festival and had it’s Canadian Premiere at the Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, British Columbia. You can check out the trailer below, and stay tuned for more updates on the film’s release.

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On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron arrive at an empty train station in Dombrova, Poland. With their only available ride being a silent Driver, they embark on a quest to fulfil their dying grandmother's wish - find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favourite childhood dog, Peter.
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"Precipice" at Nuit Blanche 2018

Photo: Arthur Lucena Alves de Sousa

Photo: Arthur Lucena Alves de Sousa

Nuit Blanche 2018 Artscape Youngplace

I have been commissioned by Seneca College's School of Creative Arts and Animation to compose a 4 minute piece of music that will be used to inspire students and faculty to create their own pieces of art based simply on what they feel and hear. I've titled the piece of music "Precipice" and I hope you will come to see all that this piece has evoked in others. 

Summary: Seneca students and faculty artists create a tapestry of art and media works in response to an original musical composition by Erica Procunier. The result is a journey through a multidisciplinary showcase of art-, screen- and sound-based works.

Nuit Blanche website https://nbto.com/project.html?project_id=707

Date: September 29, 2018 6pm-6am

Location: 180 Shaw Street (First Floor Hallways & Vitrines; Flex Studios 106 and 107)


Precipice can be found on Spotify and iTunes, Soundcloud and other streaming platforms.


Update!

Seneca’s Nuit Blanche exhibit on September 29th, 2018 was a great big giant success! Thank you to Mark Jones and Tara Dorey for their countless hours of commitment to showcasing this project. I want to show you some of the works that were inspired by the music, as well as some photographs from the event itself.

"H" is for Holiday!

I had the incredible honour of scoring Sesame Street's H is for Holiday segment for director producer team Nimisha Mukerji and Mark Ratzlaff. The segment is part of Sesame Street's Holiday Special titled "Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas" and it will air multiple times on PBS Kids over the 2017 Holiday Season. 

For Air Dates check out the following link http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/nov/20/once-upon-sesame-street-christmas/

 

*** UPDATE!! H is for Holiday is now up on Sesame Street's Youtube Channel!

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Don't Talk To Irene - TIFF'17 and in Theatres

Pat Mills' feature film Don't Talk To Irene had it's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th, 2017 to rave reviews. The film has been travelling to various festivals in Canada such as the Atlantic Film Festival in September 2017, and will have it's American Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October 2017. The film has done well with a limited theatrical release in Toronto, being held over at the Yonge-Dundas Square Cineplex for 2 weeks with an additional run at the Yonge and Eglinton Canada Square theatre for 2 weeks. 

 

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DAM! Screenings and Concerts

"DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver" will be performed and screened with orchestras and film festivals around the world in 2017. Please stay tuned for future announcements about newly scheduled concerts and screenings! 

DAM in Concert

DAM Festival Screenings

DAM's Awards

  • Nomination for the Canadian Screen Awards - Best Animated Short Film - 2017

  • Best Animation for Kids: Animation Block Party, Brooklyn NY 2017

 

If you are interested in programming DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver at a film festival or performing it in concert with a live orchestra, please contact me for more information at erica.procunier@gmail.com

#Canada150 commission premieres with the TSO and TIFFKids

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver is a Toronto Symphony Orchestra and TIFF co-commissioned short animated film directed by Kjell Boersma with a score composed by Erica Procunier. The film premiered with a live score in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Young People's Concert Series as well as the TSO's Education Series in February 2017. It was commissioned as part of the TSO's Canada Mosaic Sesquicentennial commissions to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. All nine performances were conducted by TSO resident conductor Earl Lee.

TIFF KIDS

We were fortunate to get a live recording of DAM! to accompany the film which will be shown in April at the TIFF Kids film festival. We are being featured in two programs of shorts: "Me Up Front" and "Reel Rascals Senior: Pack Your Bags!"

Me Up Front (64 minutes) Ages 6-8:
Sometimes it takes a friend to solve a problem or realize one’s potential. It’s only when we’re encouraged by those around us that we realize the true value of being ourselves.

April 11 @ 12:30pm
April 12 @ 10:15am
April 15 @ 12:45pm
April 17 @ 12:30pm
April 20 @ 12:45pm
April 21 @ 10:30am
April 22 @ 2:15pm

Reel Rascals Senior: Pack Your Bags! (67 minutes) Ages 5-6:

Bring your passport and travel the world in this series of international animated shorts that are certain to charm and entertain. This programme includes films from Canada, Ireland, Germany, USA, Russia, France, Georgia, Switzerland, Mexico, and South Africa.

April 08 @ 11:00am
April 14 @ 3:00pm
April 16 @ 1:00pm
April 22 @ 10:30am

Press for Mariner Screening at SWIFF

Press:

St. Christopher Grad building career as a film and tv composer (OBSERVER)

Film festival brings homegrown composer full circle (SARNIA JOURNAL)

The Sarnia Observer and The Sarnia Journal were kind to both do a feature on my work as a film composer. Mariner will screen in the Shorts Programme at SWIFF in my hometown of Sarnia, Ontario on Sunday November 6th at 11am. To purchase tickets go here

 

Mariner (Thyrone Tommy, director)

Mariner (Thyrone Tommy, director)

TIFF/Toronto Symphony Orchestra Commission

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the TIFF Kids Film Festival have commissioned me to score the short animated film titled DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver as part of the TSO's Young People's Concert Series. The work will premiere on February 25th, 2017 at Roy Thompson Hall as part of the Lights, Camera...Orchestra! program. The work will be shown alongside other orchestral excerpts from famous films. To purchase tickets to this event HERE