Lakeshore Records will release Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, out digitally Friday, September 1. The album features score by Kerry Muzzy (“Glee”, To Russia With Love). Directed by Laura Dunn, Look & See won the Special Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and the William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. See track list and more below.
Most of what you hear on the album is used in the film. So, that was a big purpose. I’ve got a lot more material, but I didn’t want to release stuff that wasn’t going to be used in the film. There are a couple pieces that aren’t used that are in there, but I really thought they needed to be there.
It is a very fragmented kind of film score. I didn’t really go into it certain of what we were going to come out with and I kind of felt that, to some degree everyone, was kind of feeling around in the dark trying to find what was out there and these were the things that the picture required. There’s quite a distinction between some of the pieces, there’s a lot of the very drony pieces that never exist in the film in their entire.
A movie that envelops the intimate story of a family between the birth and death of the universe, “The Tree of Life” is a cosmic experience that resists easy narrative summary. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May but has polarized critics and audiences. At its core, the movie focuses on the conflict between the natural and the spiritual worlds, which is to say that it pits the seen versus the unseen.
Malick’s choices of music stand in for the unseen in this thematic equation, though not always in obvious ways. The media-shy filmmaker is said to be a classical-music buff, along with being a birdwatcher and a hiking enthusiast. His soundtrack selections for “The Tree of Life” could spawn a lengthy essay on their own. Here are a handful of key pieces that provide the movie with some of its most musically inspired and memorable moments …
To The Wonder (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) By Hanan Townshend
02. Parsifal: Prelude to Act One by Richard Wagner
03. Marina’s Theme – The Wildflowers
04. Marina’s Theme – The Call
05. Purity #2
07. BWV No. 142 “Uns ist ein Kind Geboren” by J.S Bach
08. The Bison
11. Purity #3
12. Awareness – The Train
13. Sweet Prospect (based on original hymn by William Walker)
14. Purity #4
15. Marina’s Theme – Overture