‘The Force’ Soundtrack: Justin Melland’s Score To Sundance Film Is Out November 3

Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack to Sundance Award-winning film, The Force, out digitally on November 3. The album features score by Justin Melland, composer of the “Dark Net” TV series. Directed by Peter Nicks, The Force goes deep inside the embattled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, the rise of Black Lives Matter and an explosive scandal.  More soundtrack details coming soon.

Kino Lorber presents THE FORCE, coming to Fresno Filmworks on November 11 (get tickets).

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THE FORCE goes deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, MO, and an explosive scandal. A young chief, hailed as a reformer, is brought in to complete the turnaround at the very moment the #BlackLivesMatter movement emerges to demand police accountability and racial justice both in Oakland and across the nation.

Meanwhile, young cops in the Academy learn how to police in a new era of transparency and accountability. And out on the street, the camera gets up close as rookie and veteran officers alike face an increasingly hostile public where dueling narratives surround each use of force. Officers are being watched like never before as they respond to a constant flood of 911 calls, revealing the wide gulf between how cops see themselves and how they are seen by the public. Despite growing public distrust, the OPD is garnering national attention as a model of police reform. But just as the department is on the verge of a breakthrough, the man charged with turning the department around faces the greatest challenge of his career, one that could threaten not only the progress that has been made, but the very authority of the institution itself.


Multiple award winning film composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Justin Melland primarily works in the demanding world of film and television, creating refreshingly inventive scores at his studio The Eleventh Laboratory, in Los Angeles, California. The Washington Post called out his score for THE KILL TEAM by Oscar nominated Director Dan Krauss as “A brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack”. The Hollywood Reporter also wrote of his score for Showtime’s DARK NET “And the antiseptic visuals, coupled with the droning score by Justin Melland, suggest Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour with a slightly pulpier edge.”

Recent projects Justin has scored are DARK NET (Showtime) WATER AND POWER (Sundance 2017), THE FORCE (Sundance 2017), PARCHED (Jigsaw and National Geographic 2017), EXTREMIS (Tribeca 2016), BELIEF (OWN/Discovery 2015), IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST (Sundance 2015), THE KILL TEAM (Tribeca 2014), THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED (Sundance 2011), LIFE 2.0 (Sundance 2010).

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