FILM / TELEVISION
- MANHATTAN NIGHT
A contemporary film noir whose esthetic is “best embodied” by Joel Douek’s score (orchestrated by Greg Pliska), this indie hit stars Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Jennifer Beals, Campbell Scott and Steven Berkoff. Now streaming everywhere.
- THE LITTLE RASCALS SAVE THE DAY (now available!)
Music by Chris Hajian and Orchestrations by Greg Pliska.
“One of the cutest family films ever made” and “Laugh-out-loud funny“, The Little Rascals Save the Day follows Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog and the whole gang as they are up to their usual mischief! The Rascals try anything to raise the money needed to save their grandma’s (Doris Roberts) bakery. The only trouble is – they can’t seem to do anything right! From botched pet washes to terrible taxi service, they just can’t raise a penny. Their only hope is to win prize money from the local talent show – but have you ever heard Alfalfa sing?
- KINGDOM OF PLANTS 3D wins international film score award
Orchestrations by Greg Pliska.
The score for the David Attenborough TV documentary Kingdom of Plants 3D was awarded the GoldSpirit Award for Best Documentary Score at the 2013 International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain. Composers Joel Douek, Elik Alvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld were on hand to receive the award, and to present a suite of music from the series, which includes orchestrations by Greg Pliska.
- GALAPAGOS 3D
Orchestrations by Greg Pliska and Dominik Hauser.
The highly successful GALAPAGOS 3D series (another David Attenborough production) is now ready and mastered for an early 2014 Giant Screen worldwide release, through distributor nWave. The score is again by Douek, Alvarez and Sheinfeld, with orchestrations by Greg Pliska and Dominik Hauser.
- BLOOD IN THE WATER (Shark Week, Discovery Channel)
Music by Greg Pliska and Joel Douek
The centerpiece of 2009’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, BLOOD IN THE WATER tells the true story of two weeks that gripped the nation and inspired the book and film JAWS. In 1916, the New Jersey shore became a feeding ground as five people were attacked in 12 days, triggering a nationwide panic. It was the first multiple shark attack in American history, and the reason we fear sharks to this day.
- THE KIDDUSH MAN
A film by Yitz Brilliant, with music by Greg Pliska
THE KIDDUSH MAN, a short coming-of-age film, was awarded the National Board of Review Award by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, as well as the Reviewers’ Choice Award at the New Jersey Film Festival, and First Place in the NYU Jewish Film Festival. A bored young boy who is in the habit of sneaking out of Shabbat services finds himself regularly confronted by an angry older man. One morning when the man is nowhere to be found, the boy discovers the reason for his anger and connects with the old man on a different and touching level. The tender and moving score is by Greg Pliska and was recorded live at the former Legacy Studios in New York City with a 13-piece orchestra.
See THE KIDDUSH MAN:
- HUNTING THE EDGE OF SPACE (Nova)
Music by Greg Pliska and Joel Douek
In this two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity—two spectacle lenses held a foot apart—ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy, and religion. HUNTING THE EDGE OF SPACE takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the rich history of the telescope.
Read more and watch both episodes at PBS.org.