Grant Fonda
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Best Original Score Nomination!

Thrilled to announce that DOWN THE FENCE has been nominated for Best Original Score at the AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL (September 19-23) alongside director MJ Isakson for Best Female Director! Congrats to the entire cast and crew!! 

To purchase or listen to the score, click HERE.
For you PANDORA and SPOTIFY users, the score is also live there!

To learn more about DOWN THE FENCE, including information about festivals and screenings, head to the film's website HERE

DOWN THE FENCE Original Score Teaser!

About two years ago, I got a call from a director in Washington state named "MJ Isakson". Not recognizing the number, I (naturally) ignored the call. Message was something like this: 

"Hi, Grant, my name's MJ Isakson, and I'm calling about a new documentary that I'm working on. I found your website and enjoy your music. Could you give me a call back at your earliest convenience?" 

Little did I know how much that one phone call would be a game changer for me. Over the last two years, I've been privileged to make friends with the crew, visit sets and screenings, be a part of the editing process, and create some of the most fun music I've ever been able to write for a film. AND the entire score is driven by MELODY. 

The full album releases on July 6, but in the meantime, I'm thrilled to be able to finally share a bit from the score. Here's A NOBLE CALLING, featuring the ambient guitar handiwork of Wil Pearce, and sprinkled with the sonic angel dust of Scott Frankfurt of Scott Frankfurt Studio. Enjoy!

THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF

Last summer, Michael Carp approached me about composing a new work for solo vibraphone that was out of the "normal" idiom for the medium. He wanted something that was largely lyrical, emotional, infused with cinematic tendencies, something that would appeal to a wide range of audiences rather than just the "studied" crowd. After a series of calls, Skype calls across states and countries, Christmas Eve revisions, and brainstorms, I came up with a through-composed multi-movement work called THE FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF. Mike did a lovely job bringing his own artistry and heart to this work and made for a wonderful collaboration.

As a composer, I'm particularly partial to the fourth and fifth movements, but I'd love to hear what resonates with you as performers, listeners . Let me know if you're interested in the score!

Projects like this with people like Mike make it fun to live in the concert world. Stay tuned for a new work for piano + percussion coming soon.... 

DOWN THE FENCE Comes to SANTA BARBARA

If you've been following the new for DOWN THE FENCE, you've probably heard that it's having a successful run in the Indie Film circuit (read: Laurels!). If you haven't heard, it's coming to SANTA BARBARA for a special screening! If you weren't able to attend the premiere at the SLO Film Festival, this is a chance to come watch this film with a whole lot of heart. Serving as composer for this project was one of the great joys of my 2016. Stay tuned for more info about the forthcoming soundtrack album! 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! 

The House that Rob Built - Teaser!

About two years ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with director Jon Cipiti and producers Megan Harrington and Catherine Fowler for their feature indie documentary THE DATING PROJECT, which is now in its festival circuit and still has some big news brewing (stay tuned...)! 

Last month, I got a call from Jon & Megan wondering if I'd be interested in joining the pre-production team as the composer for their new feature documentary, THE HOUSE THAT ROB BUILT. The film's currently in production, and is the incredible story of Rob Selvig and the Lady Grizz. Never heard of Rob or the Lady Grizz? Check out the trailer below and GET EXCITED. 

This trailer has as much heart and passion in it as Jon & Megan do for this project. It's a joy to score for them! 

Head over to https://www.thehousethatrobbuiltmovie.com/ for more updates and information about how you can help this come to life!

DOWN THE FENCE & THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

A big congratulations goes to the entire crew of DOWN THE FENCE as it's starting to make its grand entrance to the festival circuit! Its first showing is at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in March. You can check out details HERE. Stay tuned for a Soundtrack Album release! 

Check out the gorgeous trailer that was created a couple of years ago as they entered post-production. 

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VIER GEGEN DIE BANK

Grant was privileged to serve as one of two orchestrators for Wolfgang Petersen's newest heist film: VIER GEGEN DIE BANK.  Enis Rotthoff's jazz-infused score was recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Check out the trailer here (and get your German on!): 

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USC - A Place Like No Other

Check out this cool write up from USC'S Thornton School of Music about a project that I just finished! 

https://music.usc.edu/thornton-takes-center-stage-in-new-usc-ncaa-spot/

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SHAWN

I've tried writing this blog twice and deleted both versions. Both versions were about the process of creating the score for Shawn, my relationship with Brian Ivie (the film's director), the technical details, and anything remotely nerdy that most of you reading this would probably find interesting. And then, after 45 minutes of writing, I realized that it was all wrong.

Because all of these things aren't what Shawn is about. 

I have never wept more while working on a movie than I did while scoring Shawn. I have never been more humbled on a project, and never more sobered by life. Brian has become a dear friend who has iterally stayed up ALL night with me as we worked to tell the story of a wayward son, a desperate mother, an angry father, and a gracious God. And the craziest thing to me about Shawn is that it's all true. 

If you're a family man, a wayward son, someone who regrets or is afraid of their past, someone who counts themselves as religious, someone who's offended by religion, or someone who can't bear to think about what the future might hold because tomorrow's unknowns are almost too much to bear, watch this film. I promise you that it will be some of the best 20 something minutes of your life that you've spent, but not because it is artistically satisfying, has an interesting score, or features Francis Chan. While these things are true, they're not the reason that we made this film. 

We made this film because of who Shawn Malone was, who he is, and why he's alive today. And, funnily enough, none of that... is about Shawn. 

www.shawnmovie.com
So, will you follow the link above and watch this true story for free online? You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

The Dating Project Teaser Trailer!

What is Dating? 

Coming Fall 2016, a heart-warming documentary by Jonathan Cipiti about the heart of dating, its problems and challenges, and the hope we can find in it. 

Here's the teaser trailer! 

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