Renowned composer Jeffrey Morrow will score new original music for the forthcoming political documentary examining Canada's controversial security certificates that have been used to detain five Muslim men.
Online PR News – 02-April-2014 – LOS ANGELES – Canadian film music composer Jeffrey Morrow will score new original music for the forthcoming “The Secret Trial Five” from director Amar Wala (“The Good Son”). The documentary is a sobering examination of Canadian law enforcement’s use of controversial security certificates that have unconstitutionally detained five Muslim men. They were determined national security threats and jailed for more than 25 years combined, but have not been charged with crimes.
The film was recently named an official selection and will premiere at the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, North America’s largest documentary film festival. The festival is April 24 through May 4 in Toronto.
Examining the human impact of Canadian terrorism investigation, “The Secret Trial Five” presents an unfiltered, balanced analysis of security certificates, which allow for indefinite detention with no charges and lawful admission of secret evidence. The five men the documentary narrative follows were jailed and later probed with tracking bracelets, in-home cameras and were tailed by Canadian law enforcement agents.
"Our film has constant changes in tone and mood, and shifts between intricate legal discourse and powerful human experiences,” said Wala. “For us, adaptability was key in choosing a composer. When I first heard Jeff's demo, it was instantly apparent how versatile and talented he was. It was an easy choice."
Morrow said, “It’s difficult subject matter to begin with. Amar doesn’t want the typical documentary score. They want a thoroughly modern sound that doesn’t sentimentalize the story one way or another. It’s a fine line between dramatic music to help tell the story without pushing it over the edge.”
Morrow is renowned throughout Canada for his composing for dozens of films, TV series, commercials, trailers, radio news programming and more. He composed the score for “Anatomy of Assistance,” which was directed by Gemini award winner Cory Bowles and premiered last fall at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Morrow also scored the short film “Innocent Things,” directed by the award-winning Sam Catalfamo.
His music has been heard and broadcast internationally on many TV series distributed by the CBC, Cartoon Network, the Discovery Channel, E!, PBS, MTV, Teletoon, CBS, CTV, NBC and more, including “Crash Canyon,” “Doki,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Bridge” and “Artzooka.”
Recognized throughout Canada for his extraordinary composing achievements, Morrow has also composed for the CBC’s nationally broadcast radio news programs “The World This Hour,” “The World This Weekend” and “The House.”
Most recently, Morrow composed for the Gemini nominated series “Rocket Monkeys,” and additional music for 78 episodes of the Daytime Emmy winning series, “WordGirl.”
Following a nomination from Joan Lambur, Executive Producer of “Rocket Monkeys,” Morrow was awarded the 2012 Slaight Composers Residency at the Canadian Film Centre after a committee comprised of Canada-wide industry professionals approved his eligibility.
Morrow is a professional voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Society of Composers and Lyricists. He’s been mentored by Oscar and Emmy winning composer Mychael Danna (“Life of Pi”) and is also a member of AFM, SOCAN and BMI.
For more information visit www.secrettrial5.com and www.jeffmorrowmusic.com
Jeffrey Morrow is a Canadian film music composer known for his profound scores heard in dozens of films, TV series, commercials, trailers, radio news programming and more.