As I walked up to the Instituto Cultural de Mexico for my second night
at the SAFF, I noticed something quite different than the evening
before: mas gente!
While Thursday’s premiere of the impressive documentary
Crawford should have brought out dems in droves, it still was a
Thursday night, which probably had something to do with the empty
chairs in the screening room (Hey, some people work, you know!)
Friday night was an entirely different story. Spilling out the front
door, attendees waited to see if they were going to be able to get into
the screening of Garrison, directed by local filmmaker and screenwriter
Apparently tickets for the screening had sold out (lucky for me I had
my press pass, which, like my charm and good looks, gets me in
So, I got in and waited around for the prior film to finish up and was
greeted by a few filmmakers with flyers inviting me to a couple of
their events. (Shameless plugs: “The Alvarez Vietnam
Story” Benefit Party on July 4 at 8 p.m. at the Blue Bubble
Ballroom. San Antonio Horrific Film Fest Aug. 28-31 at the Instituto).
Then I watched Garrison.
The best thing about the film – hands down – is the
fantastic score composed by Douglas Edwards. I searched out Douglas, a
graduate of Churchill High School and the University of North Texas,
after the screening to let him know how much I enjoyed his contribution
to the movie.
We talked about his instrumental compositions in the film and how he
was able to generate some of the haunting sounds as a one-man orchestra
(the guy plays the piano, violin, viola, guitar, and electronic pads).
He is the winner of the Best Movie Soundtrack at the 2008 Bare Bones
Film Festival and the winner of the Best Impact of Music in a Feature
Film at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival.
I ask him about his favorite composers, but interjected before he can
“Cliff Martinez. That’s what your sound reminds me
His face lights up and we become as giddy as schoolgirls talking about
how we both think Solaris is one of the best musical
scores in the history of cinema. Yes, it’s that good!
I go home and visit Douglas’s website
(www.douglasedwards.com) where he has more audio clips of his work. I
listen for about half an hour and fall asleep happy.