Tribute To James Horner
Having composed the music for more than 130 productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was among the world’s most prolific and beloved film composers. Tragically, Horner died this past June, when his single-engine crashed in a remote area of northern California. One of his final scores is Patricia Riggen’s The 33, our GEMS closing night film. Horner’s work in The 33 is a large part of the movie’s incredible accomplishments – his music works expertly to stir our emotions and grip us deeper into the characters’ drama
without ever being obtrusive. Horner, a two-time Academy Award winner, has left a legacy of some of the most influential and acclaimed music in the history of cinema.
On the eve of the premiere of The 33, Miami-based feature film composer Carlos Rafael Rivera takes an in-depth look at Horner’s work and career, using cues to demonstrate the powerful, yet often subtle, creative influence Horner brought to specific scenes and entire films. Beginning with one of Horner’s breakthrough accomplishments, the revered Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and continuing on through multiple films (including Glory and Titanic), Rivera provides a compelling insight into the creative contributions of the film composer, and the special connection between composer and director.