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MICHAEL MORTILLA

Michael Mortilla is an award-winning L.A. based composer/sound designer. He is currently composing a score for Terror Island (1920), starring legendary magician Harry Houdini, which  will premiere at the Catalina Casino Theater on May 19, 2018 and performed live by an ensemble of A-list Hollywood musicians. Mr. Mortilla has received commissions from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Olympics, The National Film Preservation Foundation, among many others. He composed the score for Fragments (2011), which airs on TCM, along with many of his other works for silent film. In 2016, Mr. Mortilla was on exhibit at LACMA, accompanying nearly 9 hours of non-stop screenings of classic German silent films to close the “New Objectivity” exhibit. Mr. Mortilla served as the resident composer for theater and dance, and was on the faculty at UC Santa Barbara for over 14 years and continues to teach an occasional master class in music and sound design for film majors at CALARTS. He is deeply involved in all genres of theater and dance and was the last composer to collaborate with dance legend Martha Graham on a produced work. Mr. Mortilla also composed the score that accompanied the historic world’s first internet broadcast of a film with sound, in conjunction with the American Film Institute. www.MIDI-Life-Crisis.com

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