** FEATURING AN ORIGINAL SCORE BY ACCLAIMED COMPOSER DANNY ELFMAN **
(November 3, 2008 - New York, NY) - Decca is proud to release the soundtrack for one of the year's most highly anticipated movies, Milk. The Focus Features release showcases an original musical score by award-winning composer Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, Big Fish); the CD soundtrack will be in stores Tuesday, November 18th on Decca.
In 1977, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Harvey Milk changed the very nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights and became, before his untimely death in 1978, a hero for all Americans. Academy Award® winner Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk under the direction of Academy Award® nominee Gus Van Sant in Milk, filmed on location in San Francisco from an original screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, and produced by Academy Award® winners Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.
The Milk soundtrack showcases another shining example of composer Elfman's musical talent, as his score mirrors every aspect of the politician's life as the story progresses through the final eight years of Milk's life. Similarly, the song selections - including music by Sly & The Family Stone, David Bowie, The Swingle Singers and The Hues Corporation - range from upbeat dance anthems to melancholy ballads that prefigure Milk's premature fate.
Over the past 25 years, Elfman has established himself as one of film's leading composers. His previous collaborations with director Van Sant were on To Die For and Good Will Hunting, the latter of which brought Elfman his first Academy Award® nomination; he has been nominated twice more.
Movie audiences worldwide have heard the composer's unique sound and style with some four dozen film scores. His signature scores include ones for Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas (which brought Elfman his first Golden Globe® Award nomination), Spider-Man, Dolores Claiborne, Midnight Run, Sommersby, Dead Presidents, and the Academy Award®-winning Chicago.
Television audiences worldwide can instantly identify his theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives, for which he was honored with an Emmy® Award nomination and win, respectively. He has been nominated for a Grammy® Award eight times.
Elfman's first experience in performing and composition was for a French theatrical troupe, Le Grand Magic Circus, at the age of 18. The following year, he collaborated with his brother Richard performing musical theatre on the streets of California. He then worked with a "surrealistic musical cabaret" for six years, using this outlet to explore multifarious musical genres. For seventeen years, he wrote and performed with the rock band Oingo Boingo, producing such hits as "Weird Science" and "Dead Man's Party."
His first composition for ballet, entitled "Rabbit and Rogue," had its American Ballet Theatre (ABT) world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City this past June. The ballet was choreographed by Twyla Tharp and commissioned by ABT.
Milk is a Focus Features presentation in association with Axon Films of a Groundswell production and a Jinks/Cohen Company production. The film also stars Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, and James Franco. The executive producers are Michael London, Dustin Lance Black, Bruna Papandrea, Barbara A. Hall, and William Horberg.
Milk opens in select cities on Wednesday, November 26th and then expands to additional cities on Friday, December 5th and Friday, December 12th.
For more information, please contact Drew Farrar at 212-333-1003 or firstname.lastname@example.org