‘The Rider’: How Composer Nathan Halpern Captured the Fragile Mental State of a Broken Cowboy – Watch

‘The Rider’: How Composer Nathan Halpern Captured the Fragile Mental State of a Broken Cowboy – Watch
Composer Nathan Halpern has scored dozens of the best documentaries of the last four years, including Sundance winner “Rich Hill” and the upcoming Netflix release “Joan Didion: The Center Will not Hold.” Halpern’s latest film, director Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” drew upon his experiences working in both nonfiction and narrative films. The Cannes breakout – one of the best reviewed film of 2018 – “The Rider” tells the real-life story of rodeo cowboy Brady Jandreau (the film stars Jandreau and his real-life family and friends) who finds new purpose in his life after suffering a massive brain injury.

IndieWire asked Halpern to take us through his collaboration with Zhao in creating a subtle, but deeply moving score that bridges the film’s mix of cinema vérité and a modern western.

In creating the musical score for “The Rider,” our primary intent was to help bring the audience into the emotional point
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