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“A Bernard Herrmann-esque score (by Sharon Farber) pulses conspiratorially throughout the documentary, giving the sense that Menkes’s narration is revealing secret and sinister facts about the way cinema caters to male fantasy.” (The New York Times)

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (Sharon Farber)

Original score from the 2022 documentary feature film directed by Nina Menkes, produced by Menkesfilm and EOS World Fund, released by Kino Lorber (USA).

THE STORY: Investigates the politics of cinematic shot design, and how this meta-level of filmmaking intersects with the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assault and employment discrimination against women, with over 175 movie clips from 1896 – 2020.

THE SCORE: Music that evokes mystery, old Hollywood and the dark subject matter that we are discussing’ was what Award winning director Nina Menkes was looking for. It was clear from the beginning that the music would be orchestral, recorded live, with references to the great Bernard Herrmann. That allowed me to explore the different colors of the orchestra and power of the orchestral families. Harp, vibraphone and celeste were chosen in order to create a mysterious and haunting sound, but as the story unfolded and the drama became darker, so did the music. I used low clustered brass and woodwinds along with low strings, to bring about the looming feeling of the darker parts of the film. Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power delivers a critical and urgent message, and I truly believe it can make a difference in the film industry.” – Sharon Farber

THE COMPOSER: Grammy winner, a member of the Executives Committees of both the Motion Pictures and TV Academies, a four time Emmy Award nominee, ASCAP Board member, VP of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Winner of the Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for “Outstanding Work in the Art of Film Music”, winner of the Visionary Award In Music by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase, winner of the Telly Award and ASCAP Composer Choice Award nominee, Sharon Farber is a celebrated Film, TV and concert music composer. She has been working with networks such as NBC, CBS, Showtime, Lifetime, and WB as well as writing music for feature films. Her film music has been released commercially and performed in concerts and in the concert music world, she has many national and international credits to her name. Sharon is one of eight female composers featured at Lincoln Center, at the historical Women Warriors concert, curated by Maestra Amy Anderson that won the 2022 Grammy Award. She recently completed the score for Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story for Lifetime. She is also signed to score director Gev Miron’s feature doc Solar Wars as well as a slate of films from Aegis film Group. Her score for When Nietzsche Wept was released by MovieScore Media in 2008.

RB02008 BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by SHARON FARBER
Release date (digital): October 21, 2022

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