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Sundance Winners Scored at Memphis' Ardent Studios

"Hustle and Flow" and "Forty Shades of Blue" scored in legendary studios (March 16, 2005)

Pictured (L-R) are recording engineer Matt Martone, "Hustle and Flow" composer/musician Scott Bomar, and assistant engineer Curry Weber.

Pictured (L-R) are recording engineer Matt Martone, "Hustle and Flow" composer/musician Scott Bomar, and assistant engineer Curry Weber.

"Hustle and Flow," the independent film which was purchased by Paramount/MTV at the recent Sundance Film Festival for a record $9 million, was shot on the inner city streets of Memphis and scored in the city's legendary Ardent Studios. Directed by 33-year old Craig Brewer and scored by composer Scott Bomar, the film was financed by Academy Award-nominated director/screenwriter John Singleton for $2.8 million.

Bomar composed the Stax Records-influenced score, which was recorded with former Stax recording artists, and includes the theme song "Hard For A Pimp." The film, which portrays a Memphis pimp who realizes his dream of becoming a rapper, received the coveted Sundance Festival Audience Award for dramatic film. Among the actors in the film is Isaac Hayes, who recorded, among other projects, his "Hot Buttered Soul" album at Ardent Studios.

The Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film was awarded to "Forty Shades of Blue," with original music composed by Dickon Hinchliffe and recorded at Ardent studios. In the film, a Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend (played by Rip Torn) experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit. All the recording studio scenes were filmed in Ardent's Studio A. Producer/director was Ira Sachs and music supervisor was David Less, both Memphis natives.

For more info, visit: http://www.ardentstudios.com Tel 901.725.0855
 

 

 


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