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James Bennett, 1950 – 2012

8 June 2012 10:09 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Composer James Bennett, who brought musical wit and a lyrical touch to his work in film and theater, died in New York this week of a heart attack.

He was classically trained on piano and later was a member of the Bmi Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, an innovative New York City program known for training composers, lyricists and librettists. His work in theater includes collaborations with Charles Horne on the scores for the Off-Broadway shows Eva Braun and Dogs.

Though Jim composed music for only two feature films — Todd HaynesPoison and my film Swoon — he brought a remarkable musical sophistication and depth of emotion to his work. He worked as both composer and conductor and somehow managed to record lush, heartbreaking scores with a handful of musicians and the very few dollars we gave him. His music for my short Geoffrey Beene 30 and for Haynes’ Dottie Gets Spanked »

- Tom Kalin

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