J2 Film Music

Judy Hyman & Jeff Claus


~ Martin Eden
(full score and music mixers) — based on the novel of the same name, by Jack London — currently in the early stages, with shooting scheduled for spring and summer, 2019.

~ Wetware
(full score and music mixers) — based on the sci-fi novel of the same name, by Craig Nova — Jerry O'Connell (Jerry McGuire, Stand By Me), Cameron Scroggins (Nashville, The Deuce), Morgan Wolk (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Orange is the New Black, The Affair), Nicole Shalhoub (The Good Wife, Madame Secretary), Bret Lada (Law and Order), Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue), and Garrett Lee Hendricks (The Americans).

~ Peter and John (music directors, music mixers, and additional composers) — adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant story — Jacqueline Bisset, Diane Guerrero, Christian Coulson, Gordon Clapp

~ Northern Borders (full score and music mixers) — Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold

~ Disappearances (full score and music mixers) — Kris Kristofferson, Genevieve Bujold, Charlie McDermott, Luis Guzmán

~ The Year that Trembled (full score) — Martin Mull, Fred Willard, Marin Hinkle, Henry Gibson

~ A Stranger in the Kingdom (full score) — Martin Sheen, Ernie Hudson, Jean Louisa Kelly, Carrie Snodgrass

~ Where the Rivers Flow North (full score) — Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Michael J. Fox, Treat Williams -- American Indian Film Festival Eagle Spirit Award)

~ New Bern: Spirit of Freedom (full score — Judy composes and Jeff mixes) — A North Carolina PBS, UNC-TV production about the history of New Bern, NC, a city with a unique racial history. In production 2019-2020.

~ The Hammocks (full score — Judy composed, Jeff mixed) — A PBS documentary about a North Carolina coastal state park, Hammocks Beach State Park, with a history that mirrors the nation’s history of racism and the struggle for civil and human rights. The film is full of great interviews with African Americans connected to the story plus valuable Black scholarship. It shows the resilience and insight of African Americans involved and the importance of whites willing to cross the color line. The film was shown on television in February, 2018, and is now available for viewing at the national PBS website: www.pbs.org/video/the-hammocks-3ldetl/

~ Guardian (editing, additional composing, and music mixing) — A story about the erosion of government-sponsored environmental monitoring  in Canada's remote west coast of British Columbia, an area of vast wilderness and streams that support the salmon population and native fisheries. The film tells the story of the dwindling Guardian Program which once had 150 men and women living on boats, observing, canoeing and walking streams to collect data and monitor conditions related to the health of the salmon fisheries. Now down to only seven Guardians, the program is being phased out as people retire. The film follows two of these men, both of whom have been doing this work for over 30 years. It captures their deep understanding of this beautiful, ethereal world, their commitment to the work, and the coming loss of the knowledge they've developed over the decades. In the process, the film also tells a story of declining fish populations; the impact of climate change, pipelines, ports and tanker traffic related to the export of natural gas; and more. This is one of our “pro bono” projects, and we’re very pleased for director, Courtney Quirin, that her film has, so far, been screened and well received at the EKOFILM festival in the Czech Republic, the Planet in Focus Festival in Toronto, the Mendocino Film Festival, and the SF IndieFest in San Francisco, where it received the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature. It has also been picked up by Bullfrog Films, a leading distributor of environmental documentaries, for distribution, purchase, and online streaming.

~ On the Divide (upcoming -- full score and music mixing) — This is to be the pilot episode of a planned series about the embattled reality of women's reproductive health clinics in the U.S., especially in certain states. This first film will focus on what's happening in Texas and is another of our “pro bono” projects.

~ Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now (contributed a few pieces to the score) — a powerful, feature length documentary by Jon Bowermaster about the negative effects of and alternatives to hydrofracking for natural gas -- recipient of the American Environmental Film Award at the LA Documentary Film Festival

~ Through Deaf Eyes (full score and music mixing) — PBS documentary about the history and civil rights struggles of deaf culture in the U.S. — received a duPont-Columbia award

~ Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America (full score and music mixing) — PBS documentary about the man who designed NYC's Central Park and many other major U.S. parks and neighborhoods in an effort to create more public access to and appreciation of the natural environment)

~ Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals (full score, Judy composed, and Jeff mixed) — PBS documentary about this unique American painter, often thought of as an "abandoned genius" -- nominated for an Emmy

~ Audubon: Drawn by Nature (full score and music mixing) — PBS documentary, for the American Masters Series, about the great naturalist and artist

~ The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine (full score, Judy composed and Jeff mixed) — Judy's Emmy award — PBS documentary about Jefferson's efforts to establish a winemaking tradition in the U.S.

~ The War of 1812 (full score, Judy composed, and Jeff mixed) — PBS documentary offering a rethinking of the history of this war and its relevance to the present

~ Rising Voices (partial score and some music mixing) — PBS documentary about efforts to save the Lakota language from extinction

~ The Hungry Heart (licensed songs) — a powerful documentary about the problem of prescription drug addiction and one doctor's efforts to address it

~ Buck (licensed songs) — Sundance award-winning documentary about Buck Brannaman, an extraordinary horse whisperer, trainer and life philosopher

~ The Return of the Cuyahoga (partial score and music mixing) — PBS documentary about the death, clean-up and rebirth of one of America's most polluted rivers)

~ On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea: Polar Science and Yup'ik Culture (full score and music mixing) — NOVA documentary about how climate change is affecting the indigenous Yup'ik way of life)

~ Dream Anatomy (full score, Judy composed) — National Library of Medicine — an interesting history of anatomical drawing


We're proud to have worked with a number of directors and producers, primary among them award-winning feature filmmaker and screenplay author, Jay Craven (two Emmy's, multiple NEA grants and fellowships, Sundance, SXSW, screenings at Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian, and more) and award-winning documentary filmmakers, Larry Hott and Diane Garey, of Florentine Films/Hott Productions (an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, five Ameri­can Film Festival Blue Ribbons, and 14 CINE Golden Eagle awards). We’ve also done workshops on filmscoring with and for Cinema Sarah Lawrence, a program at Sarah Lawrence College in which students from a number of colleges and universities spend a semester working with professionals in the making of a feature film. And, we’ve done a filmscoring workshop with members of Hanoi Doc Lab, in Vietnam, which was incredibly fun and rewarding.



~ As members of the Horse Flies we've performed at numerous festivals, including: Central Park Summerstage (New York City, US), Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival (Brooklyn, New York), WOMAD Festival (Toronto, Canada), Big Beat Festival (Vienna, Austria), the Telluride Festival (Telluride, Colorado, US), Independence Days (Berlin, Germany), Smithsonian Festival of American Folk Life (Washington, DC, US), Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (Bloomington, Indiana, US), Festival International de Louisiane (Lafeyette, Louisiana, US), Philadelphia Folk Festival (Philadelphia, PA, US), Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend, Washington, US), Vancouver Folk Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, Canada), Clearwater Festival (Croton, New York, US), Floydfest (Floyd, Virginia, US), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale, New York, US), Birmingham City Stages (Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.), Rhythm and Roots Festival (Cranston, Rhode Island, US), Lake Eden Arts Festival (Black Mountain, North Carolina, US), Tonder Festival (Denmark), Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance (Trumansburg, New York, US), and RockyGrass (Lyons, Colorado, US),

~ In The Horse Flies or in other configurations, together or individually, we've also appeared on a number of national radio and television programs, including: MTV News, MTV's Week in Rock, Late Night with David Letterman, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, E-Town, Mountain Stage, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, The Entertainers (Canada), Radio Bremen (Germany), and more.

~ As members of The Horse Flies, we've been written about in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Musician Magazine, The Washington Post, New Musical Express (London), Melody Maker (London), Folk Roots (England), Rootstime (Belgium), and other publications.

~ Judy's recorded two albums with singer Natalie Merchant (Leave Your Sleep and House Carpenter's Daughter) and has toured and performed with her in support of these albums and on numerous other occasions.

~ Judy was featured in Electronic Musician, June 2010, about her film composing, and has been the subject of two articles in Fiddler Magazine, (Fall 2013, and a cover article in Fall 2004). She was also selected by Fiddler Magazine in 2013 as one of the top 20 fiddlers they featured in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and the magazine has commissioned her to write a waltz for their 25th anniversary, in 2018.

~ Jeff's been written about in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and one of his songs, "Sally Ann," is the opening track on Natalie Merchant's CD, The House Carpenter's Daughter. Merchant and band (including Judy) also performed the song on the national television show, Late Night with David Letterman, while touring in support of that release., and the song is included on Merchant's Retrospective album.

~ We've made 8 albums with The Horse Flies (2 on a major label); 2 with Boy with a Fish; 3 soundtrack albums; and Judy and her father, jazz pianist Dick Hyman, released an album of Judy's waltzes, Late Last Summer, in 2013.

The film mix for Northern Borders at Sound Lounge, NYC. Director Jay Craven, left, Bruce Dern, on screen, and film mix engineer, Dan Timmons, right.

The film mix for Northern Borders at Sound Lounge, NYC. Director Jay Craven, left, Bruce Dern, on screen, and film mix engineer, Dan Timmons, right.