Richard Linklater Collaborations
Graham has collaborated five times with iconic independent film director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock), starting with a simple piano score for the short “Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor” in 2003. Featuring Timothy “Speed” Levitch, star of the documentary The Cruise, “Shiva’s Dance Floor” is a film essay on 9/11 exploring ideas about what to do with the land at Ground Zero. Not long after, Linklater asked Graham to score A Scanner Darkly which he was adapting from the Philip K. Dick novel. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder starred in the rotoscoped film; shot in live action and then animated over. The score which featured acoustic instruments and electric guitar processed through computer effects was declared “Best Soundtrack of the Decade” by Cinema Retro Magazine. After Scanner came Bernie starring Jack Black. The music needs for Bernie were totally different: hymns, strings, country music and more. Graham worked with directly Linklater and Jack Black to choose the hymns then arranged them for Jack on organ or piano. In 2012 Graham scored Linklater’s first TV series Up to Speedbroadcast by HULU and once again starring Speed Levitch as the lead. Graham wrote several themes and adapted them for each episode as the quirky travel show moved from city to city. 2013 brings the release of Before Midnight, the third of Linklater’s deeply personal romantic trilogy featuring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. The score required a sparse, intimate sound – piano, guitar, bass, and vibraphones were the only instruments. Before Midnight is the most well reviewed film Graham has worked on, with powerful endorsements such as Slate Magazine stating that the “Film is not just good, it is nearly perfect.” More to come in this ongoing collaboration.