Sundance: Fil Eisler

Fil Eisler, composer and music director of Newtown (US Documentary) is available at Sundance for interviews/appearances (1/23-26).

  • 1/25 9:30PM (Redstone Cinema 1)
  • 1/28 8:30PM (The Marc)
  • 1/29 3:15PM (Holiday Village Cinema 2)
  • 1/30 12:30PM (Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center)

There are no words of compassion or reassurance that can bring back the 20 children and six educators who lost their lives during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In Kim A. Snyder’s searing new film Newtown, we are given exclusive access into the homes of those who lost loved ones. They speak candidly about their grief, anger, and disbelief over what occurred and how nothing has changed in regards to basic gun control reform.

“I still dread that every day I live, I’m one day farther away from my life with Daniel,” says bereaved father Mark Barden. Another parent, as she walks past the school shooter’s old property, reflects, “There are dreams when I’m in the classroom and I’m able to stop him.” Each person, be it a parent, school nurse, or state police officer, tries in their own way to make sense of their loss, as well as confront our nation’s inability to quell gun violence in even the most peaceful of communities. There are no easy answers or fixes in Newtown. The film’s brilliance–and hope–lies in its ability to internalize profound grief and allow it to reverberate within our collective conscience.

Fil was inspired by the community of Newtown, CT and reached out to his film/TV composer friends to create the music for the film.  Over a dozen composers donated music for the film, including Fil who wrote the theme music.

The following composers contributed music for the project (starred ones have confirmed attendance at Sundance)

  • *Blake Neely
  • Chris Lennertz
  • *Christopher Drake
  • *Deborah Lurie
  • Dino Meneghin
  • *Fil Eisler
  • *George Clinton
  • *Gingger Shankar
  • *Jeff Beal
  • Jeff Dana
  • *Miriam Cutler
  • *Mark Renk
  • Mikael Sandgren
  • Rob Simonsen
  • Rob Duncan
  • Sean Callery
  • Tyler Bates