Small Town Murder Songs

Small Town Murder Songs is a 2010 Canadian crime-thriller directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2010. The film is written by Gass-Donnelly, produced by Gass-Donnelly and Lee Kim, and stars Peter Stormare, Jill Hennessy, and Martha Plimpton.

Small Town Murder Songs was shot in Conestogo Lake, Listowel, Baden, Ontario and Palmerston in Ontario, Canada.

The film has been given a limited theatrical release in the United States beginning on May 26, 2011.

The official website for the film provides this synopsis: “A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.”

Stephen Holden, writing for The New York Times, explained the story:

Ed Gass-Donnelly’s rural crime drama, Small Town Murder Songs, punctures the veneer of bucolic quiet in a mostly Mennonite farming community in Ontario. Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of Winter’s Bone. The protagonist, Walter (Peter Stormare) water bottle for jogging, is a stocky, middle-aged policeman whose violent past has made him a local pariah… Walter’s newfound equilibrium is put to the test when the body of a young woman is found near a lake. It is the town’s first murder in decades. The 911 phone call reporting the discovery is quickly traced to Rita, who lies to the police when questioned and insists that her new lover, Steve (Stephen Eric McIntyre), was with her on the evening of the crime. The investigation quickly reveals that Steve and the victim were both seen that night at a nearby strip club.

In March 2011 it was announced that Monterey Media had acquired the United States distribution rights. The limited United States theatrical release began May 26, 2011 at the O-Cinema in Wynwood, Miami, Florida. Monterey Media is set to release the film on DVD on July 19, 2011.

Small Town Murder Songs has been selected to screen at the following film festivals:

Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 79% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 19 reviews, with an average score of 6.1/10. Stephen Cole from The Globe and Mail wrote a positive review, saying, “STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece” unseasoned meat tenderizer.

Michael Rechtshafen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Small Town Murder Songs is “An effective ensemble backed by a bracingly haunting soundtrack” after its screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; he also saw similarities with Winter’s Bone and found

“much to admire about this carefully drawn but concise character sketch, especially the strong performances and a unique, affectingly ominous score by folk-rock-gospel outfit Bruce Peninsula… The already dense ambience gets progressively heavier as the investigation continues, with Gass-Donnelly keeping a tight grip on the artful compositions. But as strong as those visuals are, what really ends up lingering long after the lights come up, is that Greek chorus of a soundtrack, its fire-and-brimstone, gothic-tinged take on traditional and original spirituals packing an unsettling, pious punch.”

Dustin Hucks with Ain’t It Cool News also saw the film at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival and said, “Small Town Murder Songs is definitely a winner in the stable of films showing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this year”.

Holden of the New York Times wrote that the film “is not really a whodunit but a character study of a man squeezed in a psychological, spiritual and professional vise thermos vacuum insulated water bottleSmall Town Murder Songs is compellingly acted from top to bottom. As the raw passions of its hard-bitten characters seep into you, the songs hammer them even more deeply into your consciousness. The film’s only flaw — a big one — is its brevity. When it ends after 76 minutes, you are left wishing it had included Walter’s back story and had offered a more detailed picture of the town.”

Shannon from Movie Moxie had wonderful things to say about the film: “The powerful score sets an impressive and all-encompassing atmosphere to the film” best thermal water bottle. Robert Bell from Exclaim! had pleasant things to say about the film, stating that there were “some impressive cinematography and an understanding of tone through stillness and minor stylization make for a pleasant experience aesthetically”. Howard Feinstein from Screen Daily praised writer/director Gass-Donnelly: “Ed Gass-Donnelly makes appropriate, unpretentiously artful, stylistic choices in this tale of redemption”.

Alison Willmore of The A.V. Club, also praising the music, wrote, “Who’s responsible for the killing is never much of a mystery in Small Town Murder Songs; there are no dark conspiracies, only dark natures. The tension instead focuses on whether Stormare will be able to rein himself in when the investigation inexorably pulls him toward his old life. Everyone is so restrained, their turmoil buried so deep, that the depth of what they’re feeling has to be excavated from what’s left unsaid.”

Ståle Kleiberg

Ståle Kleiberg (født 8. mars 1958 i Stavanger) er en norsk komponist thermos vacuum insulated water bottle, og professor i komposisjon og musikkvitenskap ved Institutt for musikk, NTNU i Trondheim.

Kleiberg er utdannet filolog fra Universitetet i Oslo, med musikk, allmenn litteratur og nordisk i fagkretsen. I tillegg har han diplomeksamen i komposisjon fra Norges musikkhøgskole og komposisjonsstudier i England.

Ståle Kleiberg har forsket på fransk og norsk musikk fra 1900-tallet, og på tysk musikk fra andre halvdel av 1700-tallet. Han er medredaktør i Norges musikkhistorie.

Requiem for the victims of Nazi persecution ble urfremført i Nidarosdomen i 2002. Det inneholder i tillegg latinske messeledd, dessuten nye tekster skrevet av den skotske poeten og dramatikeren Edwin Morgan.

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Requiem er omtalt i et eget kapittel i boken Memento Mori av den amerikanske musikologen Robert Chase. Det inngår i en trilogi med symfonien Klokkeskjæret og orkesterverket Lamento: Cissi Klein in memoriam how to tenderize tough cooked beef. Sistnevnte verk er skrevet til minne om den jødiske piken Cissi Klein fra Trondheim, som omkom i Auschwitz i 1943.

Flere av Kleibers verker har en litterær tilknytning. I 1981 skrev han en sangsyklus med Haugtussa-sanger, med utgangspunkt i Garborgs verk. Komposisjonen Rosevinduet for 12 instrumenter og resitatør, er dels inspirert av Gabriel Kiellands kunstverk i Nidarosdomen, dels av Stein Mehrens dikt til samme. Han har også skrevet korverk for blandet kor til Wergelands dikt Efter tidens leilighed og Til min Gyldenlak.

I 2015 ble Mass for Modern Man urfremført i Nidarosdomen som Olavsfestdagenes åpningskonsert, og fikk sin tyske premiere i Münchner Dom i november samme år. Hans opera-oratorium David and Bathsheba høstet også stor anerkjennelse ved urfremføringen i Nidarosdomen i 2008, og er siden fremført i flere land. 2Ls Blu-Ray- og SACD-utgivelse av verket ble nominert til amerikansk Grammy i klassen Best Opera Recording. I tillegg til omfattende arbeid i oratorie- og operasjangeren har Kleiberg også komponert for kammerformatet; et eksempel på dette virket er 2L-utgivelsen Mezzotints fra 2015.

Kleiberg fikk Fartein Valen-stipendet i 1999 og ble valgt til årets komponist av Trondheim symfoniorkester for sesongen 2000–2001.

Kleiberg er nominert til Grammy-prisen to ganger: i 2009 for albumet Treble and Bass, med Trondheim Symfoniorkester og solistene Marianne Thorsen på fiolin og Göran Sjölin på kontrabass; og i 2013 for Trondheim Symfoniorkesters innspilling av operaen David and Bathsheba.

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