A composer who appears to be having his breakout year on the big screen in 2011 is Alec Puro. Two of his recent projects that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been picked up by major indie studios and will be released in theaters this summer. First up in a couple of weeks is the romantic comedy The Art of Getting By (formerly entitled Homework), which tells the coming-of-age story about a high school senior who makes his way through school without doing any homework. The film is written and directed by Gavin Wiesen who makes his feature directing/writing debut on the project. The movie’s cast includes Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Alicia Silverstone, Blair Underwood and Rita Wilson. A soundtrack album for the film will be released on June 14, 2011 by Rhino Records and is now available to pre-order on Amazon. Check back on this page for more details about the album. Fox Searchlight picked up domestic rights for The Art of Getting By and will be releasing the indie film on June 17. For more information on the project, visit the official movie website and watch the trailer below.

Also coming up this summer for the composer is the indie drama Higher Ground. The film marks the directorial debut of actress Vera Farmiga who also stars in the movie alongside Donna Murphy, John Hawkes, Joshua Leonard and Bill Irwin. The drama’s story follows the experiences of a woman and her husband in an evangelical Christian community. Higher Ground is based on Carolyn S. Briggs’ autobiographical book This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and is adapted for the screen by Briggs and Tim Metcalfe (Kalifornia, The Haunting in Connecticut). Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights for the film and is planning a limited release on August 26, 2011. Visit the official movie website where a trailer is expected to premiere soon.

Puro who is best known as a drummer for the rock band Deadsy has been taking on an increasing number of scoring assignments in the last couple of years. Apart from the projects mentioned above, he also has a number of other films coming up that are currently awaiting a release date, including the sports drama A Warrior’s Heart directed by Michael F. Sears and starring Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Chord Overstreet (Glee), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice), William Mapother (Lost) and Adam Beach (Windtalkers). The movie centers on high school lacrosse star Conor Sullivan who overcomes his father’s death through a new love interest and a renewed passion for the sport. A release date announcement for the film is expected in the near future.

The composer’s other upcoming projects include the documentary Like Water about UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s life leading up to his UFC 117 win over Chael Sonnen, which premiered at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Puro is also writing the music for the romance The Chateau Meroux directed by Bob Fugger and starring Amanda Righetti, Christopher Llyod and Marla Sokoloff, as well as for the drama Joint Body written and directed by Brian Jun and starring Alicia Witt, Mark Pellegrino and Tom Guiry. Finally, also coming up for the busy composer is the comedy We Are the Hartmans about the last suburban rock club directed by Laura Newman and starring Ben Curtis, Jennifer Restivo and Richard Chamberlain.