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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #11. Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah)

2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #11. Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Heather McIntosh: MaddAddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood. Volumina for Organ, György Ligeti. Mind Brains (Orange Twin Records)

Lavallee: In Z for Zachariah, Craig Zobel goes from a “Great World of Sound” (pardon the pun) to nothingness. How did you research dystopia, lifeless scapes and survivalism?
McIntosh: The score fits somewhere between pastoral and experimental. Research, I studied a lot of contemporary organ scores, like the Ligeti one above (not that the score really went that far out).

Lavallee: This is your second outing with Craig, your previous collaboration was the cringe worthy essay on victimization. In terms of instrument selection, what did you sprinkle onto Z?
McIntosh: For Compliance, it was cello driven. For Z for Zachariah, Cello is still there, but there is a larger chamber ensemble sound, pump organ, piano, choral ensemble, French horn, and a as always a sprinkling of electronic ambience.

Lavallee: We heart film scores. We’d like to know what are some overlooked or forgotten film scores that are worth a listen/discovering?
McIntosh: The Conversation, David Shire. The Hired hand, Bruce Langhorne. Anything by Toru Takemitsu (Dodes’kaden is a goodie). Solaris, Eduard Artemiev. Andrzej Korzynski, Secret Enigma (Compilation of his film works and other rare gems).

Heather McIntosh Z for Zachriah


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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