Mychael Danna has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut for Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his 11 Canadian film award nominations. Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music. This reputation has led him to work with such acclaimed directors as Atom Egoyan, Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher and Denzel Washington.
He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning there the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Danna also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987-1992). Works for dance include music for "Dead Souls" (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Gita Govinda" (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Indian erotic poem, with choreographer Nina Menon.
Recent projects include István Szabo's Being Julia, Deepa Mehta's Water, Atom Egoyan's Where The Truth Lies and Terry Gilliam's Tideland.
AR Rahman (Song Compositions)
AR Rahman is India's most successful film composer and has redefined Bollywood film music over the past decade. He composed the music for Mehta's previous two films in the Indian trilogy of the Elements (Fire and Earth) and has composed the music for the songs in the film Water. In addition to composing for films, AR has written and performed his own pop songs. Rahman has garnered many achievements in his relatively short musical career. He has already worked with internationally reputed artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Michael Jackson, Jean Michel Jarre, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Deep Forest, Apache Indian, Zakir Hussain, Dominic Miller, L Shankar, David Byrne, Kadri Gopalnath, Vikku Vinayakram, Ustad Sultan Khan and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. In 2002 he composed the music for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Bombay Dreams" and is currently writing the music for the stage adaptation of "Lord of the Rings." He combines the ethnic music of China, India and Turkey with the sound of the traditional Western symphony orchestra.
MARK BURTON (Executive Producer)
Mark Burton graduated from USC and has produced over 25 theatre productions in Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and India. He has produced several Indian feature films including The Terrorist, directed by Santosh Sivan and presented by actor John Malkovich. The film screened at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals in 1999 and was released theatrically in 2000, garnering an Independent Spirit award nomination for best foreign film. Burton was the executive producer of Santosh Sivan's second feature, Asoka, which premiered at the 2001 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Burton's other films include Cherish, directed by Finn Taylor, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance film festival and was released by Fine Line Features - and also, Richard Jobson's 16 Years of Alcohol, which screened at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival, and won a special commendation at 2003 Edinburgh Film Festival. It was nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, winning for best screenplay and best supporting actress. Burton also produced Bigger Than The Sky, released by MGM in 2005.
Most recently, Burton executive produced the third film in Deepa Mehta's elemental trilogy (Fire, Earth, Water). Burton's next project is Beautiful Ohio, a drama scripted by critically acclaimed novelist Ethan Canin, which the author adapted from his short story "Batorsag and Szerelem." Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt has come aboard to star in the film, which will mark Emmy award-winning actor/director Chad Lowe's feature film directorial debut and begins shooting in the fall.
AJAY VIRMANI (Executive Producer)
Ajay Virmani has been active in the film industry, producing the Bollywood films Mr & Mrs Khiladi and International Khiladi. He was an executive producer and the main financier of Water in India when it was shut down. He also became an executive producer on Bollywood/Hollywood. He worked diligently with Hamilton and Mehta to put Water back together and assisted in its re-location to Sri Lanka.
Virmani has enjoyed a tremendous business career - as president and CEO of Canada's largest cargo airline, Cargojet - and truly defines the word entrepreneur.