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Regarding Susan Sontag: Documentary About ‘A Rock Star Of Intellectuals’ Airs On HBO Throughout December, Soundtrack Feat. Laura Karpman & Nora-Kroll Rosenbaum Coming Soon

A highly watchable film…Kates also dresses the screen with poetical visual interludes — animated type resolving into a portrait of the writer, a naked female torso to accompany Sontag’s sexual realizing that she liked women in a way she hadn’t liked men. (It wasn’t until 2000 that she publicly acknowledged her bisexuality.) These moves are not strictly necessary, but they give the film a dreaminess that suits the subject and complements the grainier, rougher archival footage.

-Robert Lloyd, LA Times


If you missed Regarding Susan Sontag directed by Nancy Kates which made its exclusive premiere on HBO on Monday night, you can catch it at the following airdates:

HBO Airdates:

December 11 (3:30 p.m.)
December 13 (4:15 p.m.)
December 17 (5:30 p.m.)
December 22 (11:55 p.m.)
December 28 (2:00 p.m.)
December 30 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO2 Airdates:

December 10 (8:00 p.m.)
December 15 (1:40 p.m.)
December 18 (12:50 a.m.)
December 27 (10:00 a.m.)

Stay tuned for more on the soundtrack to Regarding Susan Sontag, featuring the score by composers Laura Karpman & Nora-Kroll Rosenbaum.

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Recipient of a Special Jury Mention at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Regarding Susan Sontag features a rich collection of archival materials, evocative imagery and accounts from friends, family, colleagues and lovers – including Sontag’s sister, Judith Sontag Cohen, authors Stephen Koch, Eva Kollisch, Fran Leibowitz and Sigrid Nunez, and poet Wayne Koestenbaum – and Sontag’s work, read by Patricia Clarkson.

Regarding Susan Sontag Soundtrack Coming Soon From Lakeshore Records

Passionate and gracefully outspoken, Susan Sontag was a prominent literary, political and feminist icon.  As a critic, novelist, teacher, filmmaker, activist and iconoclast, her love of learning and examinations of cultural and political ideas made her both a compelling public figure and a significant 20th-century critic.  A complex person, Sontag fiercely guarded her privacy, despite her boldness in the literary world.

Watch Regarding Susan Sontag on HBO (check local listings).


‘Dear White People’ Score Top Nominations From NAACP Image Awards, Movie Now Playing Nationwide, Soundtrack Out Now On Lakeshore Records

Congratulations goes to Justin Simien, writer and director of Dear White People on receiving nominations for “Outstanding Motion Picture,” “Outstanding Independent Motion Picture,” and “Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture (Theatrical)” from the NAACP Image Awards.  Tessa Thompson, who stars in the film, also received a nomination for “Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture.”

Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out now on Lakeshore Records.  

The much buzzed about Justin Simien was named to Variety’s “Top 10 Directors To Watch” and Dear White People the movie, continues to seize public attention since premiering in January and garnering the “Special Jury Prize” at the Sundance Film Festival and “Winner: Best Picture” at the San Francisco Film Festival, among others, this year.  Go to to read the full list of nominations.  The NAACP Image Awards will be telecast live on February 6 at 9/8c on TV One (check listings).

Dear White People (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Watch Dear White People in theaters nationwide (check show times) and pre-order Dear White People on Blu-ray/DVD (out on February 3).

Song One: Rolling Stone Premieres ‘In April’ Penned By Jenny Lewis And Johnathan Rice, Performed By Johnny Flynn Who Co-Stars With Anne Hathaway!

Listen to “In April,” performed in character by actor Johnny Flynn, below, and expect more scores from Lewis. Despite the challenges, there are a few unexpected perks: “It’s a very prestigious thing to tell your family,” she said. “When they don’t take you as serious as an indie rocker, then you’re like, ‘Well I’m a film composer.'”‘ -Read the full story at Rolling Stone.


Head on over to Rolling Stone to check out the full song, “In April” performed by Johnny Flynn (composed by Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice) – a track from Song One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) coming soon to iTunes and CD.  Song One, the new film directed by Kate Barker-Froyland and stars Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn and Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on January 23.  Watch the movie trailer below for a preview!

Related: Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice Score ‘Song One’

'Song One' Soundtrack Available On Lakeshore Records

Don’t miss a beat: subscribe to Film Music Daily!  Song One opens in theaters and on VOD on January 23.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Ben Gibbard: ‘Laggies’ Composer Talks About Singing In ‘Subterranean’, Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Documentary +More | Rolling Stone

If the Foo Fighters want you to show up somewhere, you just do it,” Ben Gibbard tells Rolling Stone. So when Dave Grohl reached out to the Death Cab For Cutie frontman to ask if he’d participate in the Foos’ HBO documentary series Sonic Highways, Gibbard didn’t hesitate.

Read the full interview at Rolling Stone.


Laggies composer Benjamin Gibbard is no stranger to contributing to films.  Before scoring on Laggies — the new coming of age comedy starring Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell — Benjamin Gibbard scored the Kurt Cobain documentary (with Steve Fisk), Kurt Cobain About A Son (2006).  Directed by Lynn Shelton, Laggies the film is out now nationwide (check show times).

Preview the Laggies Soundtrack here:

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Watch Laggies, now playing nationwide in theaters (check show times).

Los Angeles Times Selects ‘A Merry Friggin’ Christmas’ Soundtrack For Its Quintessential Holiday Music Roundup

The pendulum swings pretty far in this collection of tracks from indie rock and pop acts such as Rufus Wainwright, Ben Kweller, the Belle Brigade, Aaron Tipton, Ryan Culwell, the California Feetwarmers and half a dozen others.

Read the full list at Los Angeles Times.

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Related: NPR Reviews A Merry Friggin’ Christmas Soundtrack

Lakeshore Records: A Merry Friggin' Christmas - Music By Various Artists.

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A Merry Friggin’ Christmas is out now in select theaters (check show times) and on VOD (rent it on iTunes).