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Ask the Bones {2013}

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Published on May 6, 2013

A 911 call operator becomes obsessed with a disturbing call from beyond.
This film was commissioned by the Indie Grits Film Festival, in collaboration with the South Carolina Philharmonic for its 2013 CINEMOVEMENTS program. It was funded by a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

I was given an original piece of music, composed by Mary Lee Kinosian, and asked to reverse engineer a film to the score, and then a quartet from the SC Philharmonic played the piece live as the film screened before an audience.
PLEASE NOTE: The music track on this video is Mary Lee's MIDI composition and not the live quartet piece. That will be recorded and replace this version in the future.

The beautiful, historic house was built by slaves in 1830 and, as the story goes, General Sherman stayed one night there on his way to burn Columbia SC during the Civil War. Sherman ordered this house to be burned upon his departure, but a little girl living there convinced the Union officers instructed to carry out the burning to let her play a song for them on the piano. The deal was if she played really well and impressed the soldiers, they would spare the house. As the legend goes, She played "Dixie."

"Ask the Bones" composed by Mary Lee Kinosian
Starring Emily Olyarchuk
Lee O. Smith
Elizabeth Stepp
Alyssa Eskew

Directed, Shot, & Edited by Steve Daniels
Gaffer/1st AC Lynn Cornfoot

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