The third collaboration between composer, Roger Bellon, and director, Camilo Vila, "186 DOLLARS TO FREEDOM," is based on the 1980 true story that follows Wayne Montgomery, a young American surfer in Peru, wrongfully accused of cocaine trafficking and thrown into Lima’s infamous El Sexto prison.
Shot in a gritty and realistic style, it won Best Film at the Hollywood Reel International Film Festival. The score, reflecting love, torture, suspense, chaos and drama, is a superb blend of ethnic instruments, orchestra, electronics and choir brilliantly performed by LA’s world-class musicians.
Percussionist, MB Gordy’s driving pulses puts us into the mind-set of Lima’s corrupt police. Oboe and haunting ethnic Flutes by Chris Bleth are the song of the jailed and tortured. Cellist, Giovanna Moraga-Clayton, magnificently provides the beauty and soul of our character. Guitars and ethnic Guitars by Ira Ingber and Steve Bartek ground us in the time and place of our story. Unique Contra-Tenor/Castrati vocals by Jason Francisco capture the eerie poetry sung by the jail’s outcast transvestite character. Glorious Soprano, Marie Hodgson, is the soaring voice of past memories. Chris Tedesco, Trumpet, and Nick Lane, Valve Trombone provide the authentic off beat sounds of a Peruvian street band outside the jail. All of the music was spectacularly recorded and mixed by engineers Damon Tedesco and Laurence Schwarz.
The soundtrack to this powerful and emotionally charged action/drama is exciting and innovative. A must for any collector of movie soundtracks!