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A new backstage movie musical!
Programmed as the concluding title
wrapping up the 2006 FORX FILM FEST
Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks ND
WINNER: 3rd Place “Family Features”
The Cleveland Indie Gathering
Cleveland OH, Summer 2006
The WORLD PREMIERE
was February 16-19, 2006 at the
ENCORE EMPIRE SHOWINGS BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Sunday March 26 and Sunday April 2, 2006
Forx Film Fest screening Sunday November 5, 2006
Friday through Sunday August 17-18-19, 2007
Sunday December 2, 2007
Saturday November 8, 2008
The city’s oldest movie house will soon be a parking ramp
unless somebody does something quick!
But nobody is prepared for what happens next!
-- STARRING --
Paul Kelly, Lori Barrett, Jenny Morris,
Karly Anderson, Chris Hargreaves, Marjorie Morris,
Gordon Dexheimer, Betty Gard,
Royce Blackburn, Louise Pinkerton,
and special guest star Lee Barnum
An all-digital independent movie
shot primarily at
A co-production of the Empire Arts Center and Akbar Productions
with the cooperation of the UND Theatre Dept., the UND Music Dept.,
and Crimson Creek Collegiate Players
Written and Produced by Christopher P. Jacobs, Mark Landa, and Jenny Morris
Directed by Christopher P. Jacobs
Choreographed by Jenny Morris
by Irving Berlin, W. C. Handy, Pete Wendling, James Monaco and many others
in newly recorded renditions. Songs include such classic standards as
“For Me and My Gal,” “Take Your Girlie to the Movies,” and many more!
A percentage of the profits from the DVD and soundtrack CD will benefit the Empire Arts Center
SYNOPSIS: Times are tough in modern
PITCH: Think Babes in Arms and
A backstage musical comedy-drama!
When a local landmark is threatened,
the town comes together,
puts its best foot forward,
and magic happens -- on and off the stage!
But there is also drama, backstage intrigue, budding romance…
as well as complications and one setback after another!
Can they overcome everything and save the theatre?
They'll certainly do their best to try!
Including a clip and a trailer!
REVISED CUT 4 encoded to mpeg in July 5, 2009 and remastered to DVD August, 2009
(close to a minute shorter than cut 3, with bits edited from two musical numbers to improve pacing)
DVDs now include selected outtakes and optional English captions (great for sing-alongs),
as well as a trailer reel highlighting regional movies, an extra 2-minute trailer
for Music to My Ears, audio commentary by the writers-producers, and brief cast bios
Music to My Ears won Third Place in the “Family Features” category at the 2006 Indie Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. As a special non-competitive title, it closed out the screenings at the 5th annual Forx Film Fest in Grand Forks on November 5, 2006, was a bonus feature after the 6th annual Forx Film Fest on December 2, 2007 and closed the 7th Forx Film Fest on November 8, 2008.
FINE CUT 3.5 encoded to mpeg on March 11 and remastered to DVD March 12, 2006
(slightly revised from the version shown at the World Premiere)
DVDs include motion menus with 39 chapter stops, an 11-minute trailer reel highlighting six regional movies,
an extra 2-minute trailer for Music to My Ears, audio commentary by the writers-producers, and brief cast bios
SOUNDTRACK CD final revised master completed February 10, 2006
CDs include 27 different tracks with 18 different songs
A half-hour segment (roughly the second quarter) from the work-in-progress screened before an appreciative crowd Saturday afternoon November 19th at the 2005 Forx Film Fest.
A DVCAM copy of version 2.2 of the completed roughcut (115 minutes, still missing a few scenes not yet shot) was screened for the cast and crew and invited guests on December 28 at the Empire, resulting in overwhelmingly positive viewer comment sheets along with valuable constructive criticism.
The finished movie’s theatrical gala World Premiere (finecut version 3.2) was 7:15 pm Thursday, February 16, 2006 at the historic Empire Theatre including a live stage prologue of several songs from the movie, followed by a theatrical run Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 17-18-19, 2006. Despite subzero temperatures on the coldest weekend of the year, nearly 250 people braved the weather to enjoy Music to My Ears and found it well worth the effort! Some even came back to see it again!
On Sundays March 26 and April 2, a slightly revised cut (version 3.5) was presented for the encore screenings at the Empire.
First virtually complete but still very rough cut of the movie (missing a few scenes)
December 5, 2005 - Cut 1 approx. 130 minutes
Second Roughcut (still not including scenes 30 and 40C)
December 28, 2005 - Cut 2.2 approx. 115 minutes -- Additional scenes shot in January
Third Cut (Finecut)
February 5, 2006 cut 3.2 – 119 minutes and 30 seconds
March 12, 2006 cut 3.5 – 119 minutes and 29 seconds
Fourth Cut (Revised)
July 5, 2009 cut 4.0 – 118 minutes and 47 seconds
Deleted scenes and alternate or full-length versions of musical numbers that were deleted or heavily edited will be included as bonus items on a planned special 2-disc collectors’ DVD, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage, selected auditions, and orchestra recording session footage.
- including featured numbers and instruments
- titles, composers, and performers (some with direct links to media files)
(scenes 1, 7, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29A,
31, 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, and 40)
Roll, For Me and My Gal,
Take Your Girlie to the Movies)
(shooting scenes 1, 21, 33, 35, 38)
- MP3 SONG EXCERPTS:
"The St. Louis Blues" first half (1.4 MB)
sung by Lori Barrett with the MTME Ad Hoc Studio Orchestra
"You Made Me Love You" duet excerpt (520 KB)
sung by Paul Kelly and Lori Barrett with the MTME Ad Hoc Studio Orchestra
"You Made Me Love You" in dream sequence (750KB .wmv movie file)
sung by Paul Kelly and Lori Barrett with Edward Morris on guitar
"For Me and My Gal" duet excerpt (283 KB)
sung by Paul Kelly and Lori Barrett with the MTME Ad Hoc Studio Orchestra
"Ma! He's Making Eyes At Me" (803 KB) verse & two choruses as used in movie
sung by Jenny Morris and Karly Anderson, Kathy Fielder on piano
"Take Your Girlie to the Movies" original version (1.2 MB)
historic 1919 recording
Trailers and film clips
(well, okay, not real film clips, actually, since we couldn’t afford film and shot everything on digital video,
editing with Final Cut Pro 5 and converting to RealPlayer/WindowsMedia formats with Adobe Premiere)
- TV spot 1 (:30) no narration yet (to be added soon)
Windows Media 378 KB (fair quality)
Windows Media 114 KB (low quality)
- Trailer 1 (teaser) (1:11)
featuring “The St. Louis Blues” as a music bed, as played by
the MTME Ad Hoc Studio Orchestra and sung by Lori Barrett
High-speed connections (medium quality):
Medium-speed connections (fair quality):
Really slow dialup connections (low quality):
- Trailer 2 (2:03)
expanded from teaser trailer 1, featuring clips from
several dance numbers, all shown over the music to
“Take Your Girlie to the Movies”
High-speed connection (medium quality)
Medium-speed connection (fair quality)
Quicktime 1.6 MB (stereo)
Windows Media 1.5 MB (mono)
Dialup connections (very low quality, mono)
- Trailer 3 (2:33)
featuring some different clips, with cast credits over character closeups,
and a quick medley of segments from several musical numbers,
mainly “Take Me to the
with snippets from “Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me,” “Take Your Girlie
to the Movies,” “On the 5:15,” and “Maybe That Is Why I’m Lonely”
High-speed connection (medium quality, stereo)
Medium-speed connection (fair quality, mono)
Dialup connection (very low quality, mono)
Windows Media 580 KB (NOTE: text often unreadable)
- Early roughcut excerpt from scene 1 song & dance: conclusion of
"I Wouldn't Give 'That' For a Man Who Couldn't Dance" (1:20)
performed by Karly Anderson and Jenny Morris, with Kathy Fiedler on piano
Quicktime movie format only:
MEDIUM QUALITY - stereo (5.8 MB)
LOW QUALITY - mono (430 KB, but requires latest Quicktime version)
- First cut of "dream scene" featuring "You Made Me Love You" (4:53)
sung by Paul Kelly and Lori Barrett, with Edward Morris on guitar
and Suellen Palya on music box keyboard
Medium quality - stereo RealPlayer (8 MB)
Fair quality - mono Windows Media (3.6 MB)
Low quality - mono Windows Media (750 KB) (3:19 without dance montage)
SEE ALSO THE imDb page for MUSIC TO MY EARS !
-some of them also featuring actors in Music to My Ears:
Paul Kelly (Bill) co-stars in The Threat of the Mummy and Working Nights and has major cameo roles in both Dangers from Within and Dark Highways; Lori Barrett (Brenda) appears in The Threat of the Mummy and Vengeance of the Sorceress; Lee Barnum (Bessie) stars in Miss Mystic; CeAnne Reese (Kayci) co-stars in Dark Highways and has a bit part in Working Nights; Jenny Morris (Peggy) and Marjorie Morris (Melanie) both have bit parts in Dark Highways; Mark Landa (bartender) plays a ruthless henchman in Dangers from Within and appears in both Dark Highways and Working Nights in the same bit role he plays in Music to My Ears! Michael Harvey (Hubert Sorensen) has a bit part at the end of Dangers from Within. David Henry, who has a bit part in Music to My Ears and narrates the trailer to Miss Mystic, has the leading male role in Dangers from Within. Christopher P. Jacobs (theatre critic) also has a cameo in The Threat of the Mummy and plays supporting roles in Vengeance of the Sorceress, Dark Highways, and Working Nights.