FILM SCORES

Michael has composed soundtracks for the movies To Be Takei, Magic Camp, The House Of Suh, and The Good Mother among others. His music has also been featured in such shows as Bored To Death (HBO), Suburgatory (ABC), This American Life (Showtime), Ken Burn's Jackie Robinson, and, er, this Wendy's commercial.


Listen to full audio tracks from many of these projects here!


Chicken People
Directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes
Produced by Terry Leonard, Caroline Kaplan, Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman. Jayson Dinsmore, Lewis Bogach, John Miller-Monzon, Carolyn Hepburn, Diane Becker.
Edited by Kevin Klauber and Sara Booth.
Music by Michael Hearst.

In a high stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, Chicken People follows the trials and tribulations of those who breed exotic birds in the world of competitive poultry.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
PREMIERE DATE: March, 2016

For more information, go to the official CHICKEN PEOPLE website.

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To Be Takei
Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
Edited and co-directed by Bill Weber
Produced by Gerry Kim and & Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Music by Michael Hearst

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
PREMIERE DATE: January 18th, 2014

For more information, go to the official TO BE TAKEI website.

Listen to audio samples and purchase the soundtrack here.

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Kate Bornstein is a
Queer & Pleasant Danger


Directed and produced by Sam Feder
Co-Director of Photography by Esy Casey
Edited by Sam Feder and Sarah Friedland
Music by Michael Hearst

For decades, Kate has been exploding binaries and deconstructing gender. Kate Bornstein Is A Queer & Pleasant Danger joins her on her latest tour, capturing rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
OUTLET: Moving Train Media
PREMIERE DATE: 2014

For more information, visit KATEBORNSTEINTHEMOVIE.COM.

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Magic Camp

Directed by Judd Ehrlich
Produced by Judd Ehrlich
Edited by David Lieberman
Cinematography by Laela Kilbourn and Ryo Murakami
Music by Michael Hearst

To escape the pressures of growing up, magic-obsessed kids congregate at the one place they can be themselves. They want to prove their worth on the same stage where superstar magicians like Blaine and Copperfield once performed. But to get there, they need to learn more than sleight of hand and tricks of the trade. They have to find the magic inside.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
OUTLET: Flatbush Pictures
PREMIERE DATE: April 2012

For more information, go to the official MAGIC CAMP website.
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The House Of Suh

Directed by Iris Shim
Produced by Gerry Kim and Iris K. Shim
Associate Production by Joseph Lee
Music by Michael Hearst
Additional music by Zoe Keating
Co-editing by Kristen Nutile

A brother murders his sister's boyfriend. The Korean-American community is in shock. The House Of Suh paints the portrait of a boy raised to be loyal and his sister who manipulates his family bond.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
OUTLET: Grayscale Films / MSNBC
PREMIERE DATE: April 2010

For more information, go to the official THE HOUSE OF SUH website.
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The Good Mother
(aka Super Mom in Europe)

Directed by Sarah Klein / Redglass Pictures.
Produced by Anne Labro.
Music by Michael Hearst.

This feature-length documentary follows a group of American mothers as they leave their families to travel to a national Mother of The Year convention.

PROJECT TYPE: Feature length documentary
OUTLET: Arte (France, Germany)
PREMIERE DATE: 2009

For more information, visit RedGlass Pictures.
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Give A Minute

Directed by Redglass Pictures.
Music by Michael Hearst.

Imagine that you could suggest an improvement to anything in your neighborhood. This short spot promotes a unique crowd-sourcing platform that allows individuals to post their own suggestions online for city leadership response.


PROJECT TYPE: Web video
OUTLET: Local Projects
PREMIERE DATE: Nov, 2010

For more information, go to the official Local Projects website.