Critically-acclaimed indie features opens August 6th

(Los Angeles, CA) Emmy winning composer Mark Adler scores “Bottle Shock” for director Randall Miller with whom he worked previously on the films’ “Nobel Son” and “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.” Starring an impressive and diverse cast that includes Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez and Rachel Taylor, the film tells the story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris.” The film opens August 6th.

For “Bottle Shock”, Adler incorporates an ensemble and personally performs on many instruments. His original score seamlessly segues into the seventies songs used in the film. Adler’s ability to transcend musical genre and period is apparent, from his Emmy win for the HBO film “The Rat Pack” to his numerous dance stylings for “Marilyn Hotchkiss” and collaborating with Electronica artist Paul Oakenfold on “Noble Son.”

Mark Adler has built a reputation as a leading independent and documentary film composer. He has had films featured at virtually every Sundance Film Festival. His scores include “Focus,” based on the Arthur Miller novel and starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern, Miramax’s “Picture Bride,” which won the Audience Award in 1995, Wayne Wang films “Eat a Bowl of Tea” and “Life Is Cheap,” numerous National Geographic Specials, and three Oscar-nominated feature documentaries.

Adler has contributed in every form of music for films, working as music editor on “Amadeus,” “Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Blue Velvet.” He wrote and produced source music for Philip Kaufman’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” and “Henry and June,” and was a music producer in the re-creation of indigenous Brazilian music for the Saul Zaentz production “At Play in the Fields of the Lord.” Adler recently scored “The Road to Memphis,” for the Martin Scorsese-produced series, “The Blues.”


  1. My wife and I saw this at the Maui Film Festival and the score was amazing, which makes sense now that I know what an experienced composer they had. The soundtrack was pretty good too (lots of great 70s music). Overall I think this is a little independant gem. Some hilarious moments and a lot of beautiful romantic wine country…a great date movie.


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