People Places Things

dir. James C. Strouse

Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) plays Will Henry, a down on his luck graphic novelist and professor, and father of twin girls who, as he puts it, plans to “eak out a lonely existence in Astoria, Queens” after his wife leaves him for an off-broadway monologuist “who is likely monologuing to my daughters right now.”


I love director/writer James Strouse’s work – it’s both hysterically funny and poignant at the same time. Clement is absolutely perfect as Will and the rest of the cast is remarkable as well.


My score for PPT leans towards chamber pop with heavy doses of celesta along with some british-y dance hall brass. My wife Megan got to make her recording debut as a cellist (she’s a violinist) playing the part of the twin girls on-screen cellos –  including a hair-raising rendition of Saint Saens’ “The Swan.”


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“We are drawn into the world that Strouse has created, from the opening, graphic novel style titles, accompanied by the very whimsical and perfectly suited score by Mark Orton.”


“Icing on the cake is Mark Orton’s score which captures the lighter whimsy of Will and essence of his comic book dreams.”