Jonathan Hartman

Short Films

THE LAST SPARROW

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I recently finished composing the original score for  THE LAST SPARROW, a fairy tale type film set in China in the late 50s.  Directed by Luke Fisher and Ada Wong, and produced by Curt Chatham, the score features intimate strings, custom synth programming, and specialty instruments like the Chinese Erhu.   The film will premiere in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017.  

YOU HAVE ARRIVED

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I recently finished composing the original score to YOU HAVE ARRIVED, a disturbing horror short film by writer/actor/director Justin Phillip.  I had the pleasure of meeting Justin on BEYOND DOUBT, a project I scored last year.  Justin played a police officer who had been cleared in a controversial shooting, then was brought to testify against a fellow officer in court.  We was great, and in the course of the promotion of that film we got to know one another.  When Justin came to me with YOU HAVE ARRIVED, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  It delves into the[…]

MINNOW POND

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I recently worked with Lee Dreyfuss on his comedy short film, MINNOW POND.  Minnow Pond is a parody of the popular series “Shark Tank”, and working with Lee was an opportunity to score some comedy music, but also some fun takes on reality television in general.  I’ve known Lee for awhile now, however this was the first time we’d worked together- as a writer/director he’s got great instincts.  This is also his first appearance as an actor onscreen!   Here is a fun, overly cheesy track from the short:          

THE LAST SPARROW

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I’ve been asked to score the upcoming project THE LAST SPARROW, a fairy tale type film set in China in the late 50s.  It’s a beautifully shot film, fairly long for a short, about 18 minutes.  The project is produced by Curt Chatham and directed by Luke Fischer and Ada Wong as part of the Liberty Lab for Film, a mentorship program that connects young filmmakers with established producers, writers, directors and television showrunners in Hollywood.

BEYOND DOUBT- Santa Monica International Film Festival

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BEYOND DOUBT is the short film that is the “Little Engine That Could”.  Following a string of performances in multiple prestigious film festivals, and winning numerous awards (including Best Cinematography), BEYOND DOUBT is now an official selection of the Santa Monica International Film Festival.  This is a great festival, and an amazing opportunity to see this film on a BIG screen in a classic theater in Los Angeles. Scheduled to take place on Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica International Film Festival is fantastic bastion for sharing Independent films to the wider[…]

KILLING KHAN

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Proud to announce that I will be scoring JR Hepburn’s action short film KILLING KHAN.    Killing Khan, is at its heart, a revenge story.  When several undercover agents are killed by the international terrorist Khan, their remaining sister goes on a warpath to avenge them and finish him once and for all. KILLING KHAN was produced by JR Hepburn and Andrew Adler, and shot over the winter in the Boston area.  Excited to bring a musical vision to this action project and to work with this talented new director.  

BEYOND DOUBT Premiere

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Director and writer Matthew Hermosillo introducing his film Beyond Doubt at the cast and crew screening. The screening took place at Phantom Carriage Brewery, one of the film’s shoot locations. Although Beyond Doubt is Writer/Director Matthew Hermosillo’s first film, it falls nothing short of perfection. The film is a wonderful courtroom drama piece that revolves around the shooting of a questionable officer. The film is led by Brent Antonello, known for his roles in One Fine Sunday and VH1’s Hit The Floor, along with a great supporting cast, including Justin Phillip (from The Brittany Murphy Story), Tanya Alexander (Material Girls),[…]

BEYOND DOUBT

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I recently had the pleasure of working with director Matt Hermosillo on his short film BEYOND DOUBT.  It’s a beautifully shot, gripping legal thriller about two police officers at odds with one another, and the aftermath of a shooting.    The film is now complete and there will be a screening party this Thursday, January 28th at Phantom Carriage in Carson, CA.    If you live in Los Angeles, I encourage you to attend- it will be a fun night. A great short film, craft beer, and talented filmmakers.   This will be the first public performance of my score,[…]

“Star Wars The Apprentice” in the News

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Nov 25, 2013 Our Proof of Concept Star Wars piece, “The Apprentice” was featured today on a number of websites.   First it showed up on Kotaku.  Very cool! Then by mid morning, it was noticed by the Washington Post. The head of Lucasfilm was very kind towards us and this project, and had no issues with sharing it with the world, as long as we included a disclaimer on this.    While never created as a pitch for a specific film, it was a proof of concept,  showing the Lucasfilm people our team’s abilities, and love of the Star[…]

Star Wars, The Apprentice

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Nov 13, 2013 Star Wars, The Apprentice I recently had the opportunity to work with director/editor Todd Sandler on an amazing Star Wars proof of Concept. You can view this in the Video section of my website!