PURITY won The Gold Medal for Excellence - Director's Choice for Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film at its world premiere at the Park City Film Music Festival, featuring original score and song by Chinese American composer George Shaw.
So few Asian American feature films have been made and even fewer have featured the work of Asian American musicians that filmmaker NaRhee Ahn felt she had to make a statement about the extraordinary talent that exists right now. “It’s an exciting time in music for Asian Americans. I went to as many concerts as I could and found there were more acts I wanted to include in the movie, but didn’t have the room. When I play the film for people, they can’t believe that all the songs are sung by Asian Americans and it opens their minds to listening to us for real. I’ve become very aware that the struggle to get a movie on the screen is so similar to getting a song played on the radio.”
The feature film PURITY is a romantic drama about Grace Kim, the 19 year old daughter of a Korean American minister who mourns her mother’s death by refusing to leave the house months after the funeral. Her upsetting behavior incites the Youth Minister and her best friend to do everything they can get her out of self-confinement but all their best laid plans end up putting her in the hospital. The only one left with faith in her is her black sheep ex-boyfriend. Will she have to die in order to prove her purity to everyone who judges her or will her belief in the power of love and forgiveness be enough for her salvation?
The talented cast of lead actors on PURITY are Chil Kong (co-founder, Lodestone Theater Ensemble, guest star, LOST); Susane E. Lee (guest star, THE GILMORE GIRLS); Derek Mio (lead, DAY OF INDEPENDENCE); Jae Suh (guest star, ER) and Leonard Wu (guest star, VERONICA MARS).
A rising young composer, George Shaw has scored over 30 independent films, including THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETTANCOURT, winner of the Best Feature Award at Slamdance Film Festival 2003, and THE TAKING, winner of the Best Student Film Award at Screamfest LA 2004. In 2006, George was awarded four gold medals (Outstanding Achievement in Film Music Composition in Independent Film, Best Impact of Music in a Feature Film, and two for Best Impact of Music in an Animated Film) at the Park City Film Music Festival, which claims to be "the first film festival in the world singularly recognizing the contributions of composers and their music to film."
In addition to composing George has orchestrated and conducted on a number of films, including GHOST RIDER (starring Nicolas Cage), DARWIN AWARDS (starring Winona Ryder, Joseph Fiennes), KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG (starring Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr.), and CHASING GHOSTS (starring Michael Madsen). George’s string arrangement can also be heard on Nural’s debut album “The Weight of the World” from Hopeless Records.
George studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. He also participated in the 2004 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the 9th Annual BMI Conducting Workshop.
With a strong traditional training in music, George is equally comfortable writing for symphony orchestras, as he is writing for quirky ensembles and rock bands.
George resides in Los Angeles, where he recently took up falling off surf boards as a hobby.