How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song [Soundtrack Preview]

Our buddy Gary King (New York Lately, Death of the Dead) keeps on diving from genre to genre so I suppose it only makes sense that at some point a filmmaker like that is going to tackle a musical. King seems to be attacking this one with gusto and a visual flair not often seen in indie film making.

How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song features all original songs written by Joe Schermann and all performed by the talented cast (Joe Schermann, Christina Rose, Debbie Williams). And you’ll be able to hear the incredible orchestral arrangements written for the songs by composer Ken Lampl.

“This truly has been a memorable collaboration…What I really dig about these songs is that I asked for Joe to create different styles for each lead character. He took it and ran with it. I love these songs. In the film, you will hear his influences of Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown and yes, even Springsteen in them.”

We’re looking forward to finally checking out the film sometime over the next 12 months on the festival circuit (I know for a fact it’s been submitting to many!). Before that, a full fledged trailer should be on its way and today we’ve got a soundtrack preview of some of the songs all set to stills from the film. Take a listen and look to the video below and see what you think.


1. “I WANT” performed by Christina Rose (0:00-0:36)
2. “WRITE ME A LOVE SONG” performed by Christina Rose and Joe Schermann (0:36-1:18)
3. “I FELL IN LOVE” performed by Debbie Williams and Joe Schermann (1:18-1:56)
4. “30 DAYS OF RAIN” performed by Debbie Williams and Joe Schermann (1:56-2:22)
5. “I HATE SUMMER” performed by Christina Rose (2:22-2:46)
6. “MOTH TO THE FLAME” performed by Christina Rose and Debbie Williams (2:46-3:25)
7. “HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG” performed by Joe Schermann and Company (3:25-4:43)


Bookmarks for December 7-8th

  • Self Distribution 101: Helvetica and Objectified
    “I know many filmmakers are resistant to entering the field of self-distribution because they fear it will take them away from filmmaking. Hustwit sees it differently. “to me it’s all filmmaking. Either I’m trying to chase people down to be in my film or I’m trying to get them to watch the film. It’s all filmmaking.””
  • Vincenzo Natali’s Sundance Diary – Part 1
    “SPLICE is a France-Canada co-production. An independent film in the truest sense, made far from the prying hands of Hollywood, and with the gentle but firm support of producers who fully endorsed my final cut. As such, I think Sundance, as purveyors of the indie spirit, is a good home. We shall see…”
  • Up in the Air novelist Walter Kirn talks digital manners
    “I’m 47 and the hottest 32-year-old director in Hollywood made me feel hip by making a movie of my book. I guess I’m not completely over the hill.”
  • Gary King talks about a LOVELY Test Screening
    Having achieved picture lock with WHAT’S UP LOVELY, I feel that I am now able to fully cover the details of the decision-making process during the editing stage — and how engaging with test audiences affected its final outcome.

Flyway Dispatch 3 – Gary King and “New York Lately”

Director Gary King has had a really nice relationship with us in the third row over the past year or so. With the release of his latest film, New York Lately, we were instant fans of this warm and humorous film about twenty-somethings finding their way in the bustling waters of New York City. So we’re pretty excited about his almost completed, upcoming project, What’s Up Lovely. Getting a chance to talk with Gary was a treat and we’re looking forward to more of his work in the future… including a zombie movie!?

Check out our discussion below:


IMDb profile
Official Site
Row Three review
What’s Up Lovely
Kitchen Table Films

What’s Up Lovely Teaser Trailer

Both John and I had nothing but huge praise for Gary King’s New York Lately a couple of months back. And as promised, his next film is on the way which showcases some of the acting talent of his first film, but also one of the greatest cities in the world, New York.

So we got word of the trailer hitting the web today and I gotta say, once again I’m pretty impressed. It looks like my gut reaction was right as the aesthetic quality of this trailer gives off sort of an unpolished My Blueberry Nights vibe. And I don’t use the word “unpolished” in a bad way; far from it. In fact I like the raw realism of a “bright lights, big city” feel to the story that although gives a sense of cold and loneliness in the trailer, it still has warmth and heart at the same time.

Stay on top of this production over at the film’s website. Or stay tuned to RowThree as I’m sure we’ll remain in the loop and follow this one quite closely. I truly love good indie fare when I see it. And so far these films are straight up my alley.

check out the trailer below the seats…
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