J2 Film Music

Judy Hyman & Jeff Claus


~ Wetware
(in production -- full score -- based on the sci-fi novel by Craig Nova -- starring Jerry O'Connell, Cameron Scoggins, Morgan Wolk, Nicole Shalhoub, Bret Lada, and Garrett Lee Hendricks -- scheduled for release in early 2018)
~ Peter and John (music directors, music mixers, and additional composers -- Jacqueline Bisset, Diane Guerrero, Christian Coulson, Gordon Clapp)
~ Northern Borders (full score -- Bruce Dern, Genevieve Bujold)
~ Disappearances (full score -- 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)

~ Guardian -- (in production -- composing, editing, mixing -- A story about the erosion of government-sponsored research and environmental management in Canada as this relates to the 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.)
~ The Last Clinics -- (in production -- full score -- This is the pilot episode of a planned series about the embattled state of women's reproductive health clinics, especially in certain states. This first film focuses on what's happening in Texas.)
~ Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now (partial 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 - PBS documentary about the history and civil rights struggles of deaf culture in the U.S. -- duPont-Columbia award)
~ Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America (full score - 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 -- PBS documentary about this unique American painter, often thought of as an "abandoned genius" -- nominated for an Emmy)
~ Audubon: Drawn by Nature (full score - PBS documentary, for the American Masters Series, about the great naturalist and artist)
~ The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson and Wine (full score - 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 - PBS documentary offering a rethinking of the history of this war and its relevance to the present)
~ Rising Voices (partial score - 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 - 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 - NOVA documentary about how climate change is affecting the indigenous Yup'ik way of life)
~ Dream Anatomy (full score - 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're also very excited to have recently connected with and done a filmscoring workshop with a great group of documentary filmmakers in Hanoi, Vietnam -- www.hanoidoclab.org. We hope there can be some collaboration in the future.



~ 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. Jeff's been written about in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fall 2000.

~ One of Jeff's songs, "Sally Ann," is the opening track on Natalie Merchant's CD, The House Carpenter's Daughter, and Merchant and band (including Judy) performed the song on the national television show, Late Night with David Letterman, while touring in support of that release. The song is also 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, pianist Dick Hyman, released an album of Judy's waltzes, Late Last Summer, in 2013.