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Independent Film Scored by McNally Smith Students to Premiere July 27

When local director Christopher Jopp was looking for musicians to score his latest short film, Harold Crumb, he only needed to walk into McNally Smith to find all the talent he would need. The film, which premieres July 27 at 8 p.m. at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, features a score written by McNally Smith student Adam Conrad, and recorded in McNally Smith’s on-campus McKern Studio Complex.

Conrad, a Composition & Songwriting student at McNally Smith, wrote and arranged the score for the film as well as conducting the performers. He was assisted in orchestration by faculty members Sean McMahon and Adi Yeshaya. Additional personnel arrived in engineers Graham Wakeman and Dane Hoppe, and supervisor/producer Ben Kelly ‘11. Instrumentalists included pianist Kathryn Knuttila and percussionists Dylan Jack ‘11 and Alex Vaughn. For students and recent alumni pursuing careers and lives in music, it’s an ideal chance to gain experience in the world of scoring for any type of media.

Harold Crumb portrays a socially inept fortune cookie writer struggling with his work, who has a chance encounter with the mysterious women living next door that has dramatic consequences. Watch the trailer here and see below for more information.

Area premiere of Harold Crumb
Heights Theatre
July 27, 7 p.m.
3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights
Free (donation suggested)