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SCL Online Screening + Q&A: THE EDDY w/Glen Ballard & Randy Kerber
Songwriter/The Eddy Band Member
MODERATED BY TIM GREIVING
Film Music Journalist
Screening Link available upon Registration
YouTube Live Stream Q&A:
Wednesday, June 17, 8:00PM (PDT)
Directed by Academy Award® winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Emmy Award winner Alan Poul (Tales of the City), Houda Benyamina (Divines) and Laïla Marrakchi (Le Bureau des Légendes), the Netflix original series THE EDDY is an eight-episode drama that takes place in the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris. Once a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, Elliot Udo (André Holland) is now the co-owner of struggling club The Eddy, where he manages the house band fronted by lead singer and on-again-off-again girlfriend Maja (Joanna Kulig). As Elliot learns that his business partner Farid (Tahar Rahim) may be involved in some questionable practices at the club, secrets begin to come to light that have also been concealed from Farid’s wife Amira (Leïla Bekhti), and when Elliot’s troubled teenage daughter Julie (Amandla Stenberg) suddenly arrives in Paris to live with him, his personal and professional worlds quickly start to unravel as he confronts his past, fighting to save the club and protect those closest to him.
Interspersed with dynamic and uplifting performances, THE EDDY conveys the power of music to heal, unite, and turn chaos into beauty. The series was brought to the screen through a collaboration between Alan Poul, Damien Chazelle, BAFTA Award winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure) and six-time Grammy Award® winner Glen Ballard, who wrote the songs and established The Eddy’s band which is composed of real-life musicians Randy Kerber, Ludovic Louis, Lada Obradovic, Jowee Omicil and Damian Nueva Cortes. TV-MA | 60 min
Six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard is one of popular music’s most accomplished producers and songwriters, whose records have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. Ballard’s production company AUGURY is currently developing original, music-driven content for television, film, and stage. His most recent project is the Netflix Original series The Eddy: a music-driven and multicultural drama about a jazz band trying to survive in chaotic modern-day Paris. Ballard has written and composed original songs and music for the show and also serves as an executive producer.
During his diverse career, Ballard has worked with the biggest names in music, from Barbra Streisand and Aerosmith to Dave Matthews and Katy Perry. He produced and co-wrote Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (33 million worldwide, four Grammys, and named Best Album of the Decade by Billboard) and a musical called Jagged Little Pill opened on Broadway in Fall 2019 with Diane Paulus directing and a book by Diablo Cody. Ballard also wrote and arranged Man in the Mirror for Michael Jackson, and co-wrote and produced the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated song Believe (Josh Groban) for the feature film The Polar Express. He has written and produced songs for Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Shakira, Idina Menzel, George Benson, George Strait, Wilson Phillips, Van Halen, Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, and many others. His production credits include producing and arranging records for Annie Lennox, No Doubt, and POD, to name a few. His work in film includes composing original songs for Charlotte’s Web, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, The Croods, The Mummy Returns, and Valentine’s Day. Ballard also wrote the lyrics and music for Ghost – The Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning film Ghost, which has been touring worldwide for the past eight years. He is co-producing a stage adaptation of 1985’s Back to the Future. In collaboration with film composer Alan Silvestri, Ballard created original music and lyrics for the production, directed by John Rando, which debuted in Manchester, UK in March 2020.
Randy Kerber is an accomplished composer, orchestrator, and keyboard player, with a prolific recording career in film, television, and pop music. He began his first national tour with Bette Midler in 1977, age 19. Kerber was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986, along with Quincy Jones and others, for Best Original Score for The Color Purple. He was nominated for a Grammy for his arrangement of Over the Rainbow for Barbra Streisand. As a studio keyboardist, Kerber has worked on over 800 motion pictures including Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Forrest Gump, and the first three films of the Harry Potter franchise, including the featured celeste solos. He has been an orchestrator on over 50 films, including work with Academy Award-winner James Horner. He worked with Eric Clapton as keyboardist, orchestrator, and conductor on Rush – playing on the Grammy Award-winning song Tears in Heaven. Kerber has worked with a wide range of artists, such as Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and groups including Def Leppard and The Temptations. Kerber has performed piano solos on Lincoln, Flight, and Behind the Candelabra, for which he also trained Michael Douglas. Kerber also worked closely with Jason Schwartzman for his role in Saving Mr. Banks and Zoe Saldana for her turn as Nina Simone in Nina. Most recently, he can be heard performing all of the piano solos in La La Land.
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– Attendees will receive Screening Links upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Wednesday, June 17, 10 minutes before Q&A start.
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