Featuring an Original Score by Jon Brion
Los Angeles, CA – Lakeshore Records will release Lady Bird—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally November 17th. CD and vinyl versions forthcoming. The soundtrack features an original score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter/composer Jon Brion (Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The film was written and directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodrigues and Marielle Scott. The film was released theatrically by A24 on November 3rd, amassing the highest per screen average of any film this year for its opening weekend.
The movie centers around Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), who fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Says Gerwig about working with Brion: “Jon Brion is my all-time favorite musician/composer/producer, and working with him was a dream come true. It is an old-fashioned movie score with melody, which is exactly what I had hoped for. I didn’t want the score to feel like background or ambience, I wanted it to be very present and structured, in the foreground of the storytelling.”
Says Brion: “Greta has an observation: ‘Why do people who want to control everything go into directing?’ Citing that it is one of the most collaborative mediums, an insight I hadn’t heard before let alone so well (and knowingly) articulated, I can confirm for you that in a business of supposed collaborators, she is a real one.”
ABOUT GRETA GERWIG
Greta Gerwig has rapidly emerged as one of Hollywood’s most engaging actresses. Greta was last seen in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women alongside Annette Bening and Elle Fanning. Gerwig received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the photographer Abbie. Last year, Gerwig starred in Pablo Larrain’s Jackie alongside Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard; Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog opposite Danny De-Vito, Ellen Burstyn, and Kieran Culkin; and Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan opposite Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. In 2015, Gerwig starred in Mistress America, a comedy that she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Gerwig’s previous collaboration with Baumbach, Frances Ha, earned her Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture. The film, which also earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature, premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and New York Film Festival. Gerwig first received critical acclaim for her breakout role as Florence in Greenberg, which marked her first collaboration with writer/director Noah Baumbach. Her performance earned her several nominations including a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Performance and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. Other film credits include Barry Levinson’s The Humbling, opposite Al Pacino and Dianne Wiest; Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, opposite Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ellen Page; Arthur, opposite Russell Brand and Helen Mirren; the romantic comedy No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher; Whit Stillman’s comedy Damsels In Distress; and Fox Searchlight’s Lola Versus. Gerwig graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College and currently resides in New York City.
ABOUT JON BRION
Jon Brion has brought a singular musical voice to Paul Thomas Anderson’s films Hard Eight, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love. He has also scored Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, and David O. Russell’s I Heart Huckabees. He has written music for the hit comedies The Break-Up and Step Brothers; the gothic animated feature, ParaNorman; Judd Apatow’s This is 40; and Pixar’s Blue Umbrella short. Jon Brion’s music was recently featured in Judd Apatow’s hit comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer, and Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Wilson, starring Judy Greer, Laura Dern, and Woody Harrelson. Brion showed musical promise from his beginnings in New Jersey, and formed a band out of high school. He played with artists like Aimee Mann and The Wallflowers before becoming a producer—and sometimes songwriter—for Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, and Kanye West (among others). “When I was eight or nine,” recalls a prescient Brion, “I said to myself, ‘It’s really good that I’m going to spend the rest of my life making music, because it will always be above me. There will always be something else to learn.’”