2011 July

Ted Reichman

Welcome – Dear Mandela Premiere

DEAR MANDELA, an excellent documentary feature by Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell, will premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa on July 26. I had the honor and pleasure of writing the score for this film. I met Chris and Dara at the Sundance Documentary Composers Lab last summer and worked very closely with them for a few intense months. They were ideal collaborators- deeply attuned to musical nuance and with very specific ideas for the atmosphere they were trying to create. The music ended up sounding more like a science fiction score than standard documentary music – it underscores the bizarre contradictions at the heart of its story- young South Africans left behind in the post-Apartheid era who fight back against injustice. But please note – that is not my music in the trailer!

And of course, you may have noticed the new design of this website. Thanks to Dave Flaherty at Robador Web Design for his fine work!