Gingger Shankar has recently scored a number of movies that will be released in the near future. Most notably, coming out this August is the Iranian drama Circumstance. The film is written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz and revolves around a wealthy family in Iran struggling to contain a teen’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. The project is produced by Karin Chien and Melissa M. Lee alongside Keshavarz. Circumstance has won the audience award at this year’s Sundance film festival where the film premiered. Roadside Attractions has picked up domestic rights and will release the film on August 26, 2011. For updates on the project, visit the official movie website.
Shankar who is best known in film music circles for her collaborations with John Debney on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and James Newton Howard on his score for Charlie Wilson’s War has scored numerous films in recent years. Making the festival rounds this year is the drama Homecoming written, directed and produced by Sean Hackett, which Shankar finished scoring earlier this year. The film tells the story of Estelle Szymanski, an Army medic in search of fun while on leave in her hometown of Celebration, Florida. For more information about Homecoming, visit the official film webpage.
Shankar has also written the music for the Russian drama Bedouin, which is also being shown at film festivals. The film directed by Igor Voloshin centers on an Ukrainian woman who heads for Petersburg to become a well-paid surrogate mother for a gay couple because she needs a large sum of money to pay for her daughter’s leukemia treatments.