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BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE ON HBO: THE SMASHING MACHINE


Director John Hyams' documentary, "The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr", an existential look at the world of no-holds-barred ultimate fighting, made its broadcast premiere Sunday, January 12, 2003 on HBO as part of the network's "America Undercover" series. The film showcases the most recent soundtrack work by the Boxhead Ensemble, perhaps most known for its work on the Braden King and Laura Moya film "Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back" and its most recent Atavistic CD, "Two Brothers". Screenings on HBO will contunue into February.

The lineup for the entirely improvised soundtrack includes Ensemble Director Michael Krassner, with musicians Jessica Billey [Smog, the Mekons +], Michael Colligan [Pillow], Guillermo Gregorio, Ryan Hembrey [Smog, Edith Frost +], Glenn Kotche [Wilco +], Fred Lonberg-Holm [Terminal 4, Lofty Pillars, Freakwater +], Jeff Parker [Tortoise, Isotope 217 +], Scott Tuma, Mick Turner [Dirty Three, Will Oldham +] and Jim White [Dirty Three, Nick Cave, Cat Power, Smog +].

The soundtrack was produced by Braden King and Michael Krassner, who also served as music supervisors on the film. Joe Ferguson of TRUCKSTOP Audio Recording Company [Chicago] was the recording engineer.

More information on the Boxhead Ensemble can be seen on the Atavistic Records website.

A synopsis, full broadcast schedule and further information on "The Smashing Machine" is available on the HBO website.

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