Monthly Archives: December 2012

No Place On Earth will appear at a few more festivals in early 2013. There are more to come, but here are what are announced to date. I am planning to make it to one of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) screenings:

Upcoming Screenings:

Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Sunday March 17 at 11:15am
Chilmark Community Center
Martha’s Vineyard MA

The JCC in Manhattan
Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm

334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
New York, NY

Port Jefferson Documentary Series:
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 pm

412 Main St.
Port Jefferson, NY

I’ll be at this one in Los Angeles the 21st of March:

Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance
Q&A with Director Janet Tobias
Thursday, March 21st at 7:00pm

9786 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Sarasota Film Festival
Sunday, April 7 at 7:00pm
Regal Hollywood 20, Theater 10
1993 Main St.
Sarasota, FL

(Recent screenings)….

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Friday, January 4 at 10:00 am 

Palm Canyon Theatre
538 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA

Sunday, January 6 at 1:00 pm 
Palm Springs Regal
9789 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, January 6 at 7:15 pm

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m.
Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Wednesday, February 20 at 7:15 and 7:45 pm (Closing Night)

Lefont Sandy Springs
100-152 Sandy Springs Circle NE
Atlanta, GA


Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Sunday, March 3rd

TIFF Lightbox
Toronto, Canada

Miami International Film Festival
Wednesday, March 6 at 9:00 pm
Regal South Beach Cinemas
1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL


Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 pm

Sabes JCC Theatre
Minneapolis, MA

Posted 4 years ago by John Piscitello
I recently scored a short film The Stain which played at the Norris Theater at USC. The story is simple – three survivors in a post-apocalyptic city need to get to a hospital. The woman has caught the contagion, and her boyfriend ends up sacrificing himself while failing to save her.

Right after the screening I watched the pilot of The Walking Dead, and  I noticed post-apocalypse stories often have a similar structure. Namely, characters must journey from A to B and there are obstacles along the way.

B is usually a safe place where civilization is rebuilding. The threats en route can be bandits or zombies (or both). In The Book of Eli, Legend, or even The Road Warrior, you find these elements time and again. Sometimes the journey involves finding lost family members.

The genre is sort of a morally-deconstructed update of the Western, in that the characters have to rely on each other to survive. Classic Westerns seemed to have clearly-defined good guys, bad guys, and ideas about justice. The post-apocalyptic stories have on worlds where moral structure has collapsed – zombies are neither good nor evil, they’re simply a threat and it’s a mercy to kill them anyway. This difference seems to fit a world where people feel unmoored and like things are out of their control.

The Stain was filmed in LA and centers on a contagion virus, so I wrote a very heavy and industrial sound to go with the empty urban landscape. Here are 2 cues: the first contains percussion made of trash metals and a machine pulse. The second is about lost hope, built from a simple keyboard line but layered repeatedly through a dozen different sounds to create the feeling of a brutal and unsympathetic universe.

It’s not exactly holiday season music, but what they hey…enjoy!

Posted 4 years ago by John Piscitello