Featuring Original Score By Lorne Balfe
(December 1, 2015 – Hollywood, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the AMERICAN HERO – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 11th and on CD in early 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Lorne Balfe (TERMINATOR: GENISYS, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR).
“Any opportunity working with [writer/director] Nick Love is always going to be an interesting adventure,” said Balfe. “Nick might not be academically musical when he describes what he wants but he certainly lives and breathes music. Most of the time I think Nick has the most amazing soundtrack constantly running through his head!”
“The concept for AMERICAN HERO was simple; a different type of superhero movie – one that you could really believe in – from the story to the casting to the acting to the photography to the editing to the score,” said Love. “For me, what makes Lorne’s score so special is simply that’s it’s so unexpected. To have such poetic and stirring music juxtaposed with the impecunious and harsh nature of the ghetto in New Orleans, feels so right.”
Melvin (Stephen Dorff), a reluctant hero who is far from super, has been suppressing his telekinetic powers for years with booze, drugs, and women. In the process, he has failed at practically everything, most of all as a parent to his son. After a brush with death, Melvin decides to use his powers for good and clean up the streets of New Orleans with the help of his best friend/definitely-not-a-sidekick, Lucille (Eddie Griffin). For a man who can do the impossible, it might be a fight even he can’t win.
“The music Nick wanted for his film was not going to be typical of the film’s genre,” explained Balfe. “He wanted a score that was intimate and personal and it was a very difficult tight rope to walk in trying to prevent the music from potentially overstaying its welcome. In the end though I think we were able to create a score that is as unique and surprising as the film itself. “
Screen Media Films presents AMERICAN HERO in select theaters and Video On Demand on December 11, 2015. Lakeshore Records will release the AMERICAN HERO – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 11 and on CD in early 2016.
ABOUT LORNE BALFE
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy Award winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. Lorne is known for composing the scores to Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar and Home, as well as Skydance Productions’ and Paramount Pictures’, Terminator Genisys.
In the spring of 2014 Lorne composed the score for Manny, a documentary about the life of Manny Pacquiao, eight-division world champion and ten-time world title winning boxer, which premiered at SXSW in 2015. Lorne composed the score for Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar that was released worldwide in the fall of 2014. Immediately following the release of Penguins, Lorne completed the score for Dreamworks Animation’s Home starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin that released in March 2015. This past summer, Lorne completed the score for the highly anticipated, most recent installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Genisys. His upcoming projects include 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for director Michael Bay.
In addition to recognition earned for producing two of Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Lorne has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score in the BAFTA award-winning film, Crying With Laughter. The same year he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
While working in the UK, Lorne composed the scores for Ironclad, The Sweeney, Not Another Happy Ending (starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who) and Side by Side. His music is featured in the BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, Restless, starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, for which Lorne received the 2013 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. Lorne continues his work with director Nick Love (The Sweeney) with the score for Love’s latest film starring Stephen Dorff, American Hero.
In the U.S. Lorne worked alongside director Scott Walker for Walker’s film The Frozen Ground, starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. In collaboration with composer Rachel Portman, Lorne completed the music for 10×10′s feature documentary Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins that features narration by Hollywood actresses such as Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett. After years of work with director Shane Salerno, Lorne’s music in the highly secretive feature documentary, Salinger, was finally released in September 2013.
When he hasn’t been composing for film, Lorne has found additional footing in the video game world. In 2011, Lorne composed alongside Jesper Kyd for the game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music. A year later in 2012, Lorne was already hard at work composing as a solo composer for Skylanders: Giants and Assassin’s Creed III that earned Lorne his second BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music, as well as the nomination for the BSO Goldspirit Award for Best Score for a Video Game. In late 2013 Skylanders: Swap Force as well as Beyond: Two Souls were released. Beyond: Two Souls features performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe and received three BAFTA nominations including one for Best Original Music. Lorne has since composed the scores for all of the most recent Skylanders games by Activision.
Lorne began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures including The Dark Knight, Inception, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3, The Dark Knight Rises, and the 2009 Golden Globe nominated film, Frost/Nixon.
Lorne’s role as a score producer on 2008′s The Dark Knight earned Lorne a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. In 2009, Lorne was music producer and composer of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video game, and score producer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Only a year later, Lorne produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s InceptioN, which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.