Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Goodnight Radio's single "Sophia So Far"

Jonny Kaps/Plus One Music

Goodnight Radio is the new musical project from frontman and Academy Award Winning Writer/Director Shawn Christensen. Goodnight Radio's debut release is the single "Sophia So Far" - a song heard in this year's Academy Award winning short film Curfew, which Shawn wrote, directed and stars in. The song is officially released worldwide tomorrow, April 23rd, via +1 Records. Entertainment Weekly first premiered the full song here. It can be heard on Sound Cloud here, and it can be purchased on iTunes here.

After focusing primarily on screen writing and directing for the past 7 years, Shawn's foray back into songwriting was a twist of fate while shooting Curfew. Shawn found out at the 11th hour that another song that he had long wanted to use for the pivotal "dance sequence" scene was not approved for licensing. He had shot the scene with the unapproved song and needed a replacement song that actress Fatima Ptacek would dance to, along with 60 extras in a bowling alley. Faced with the difficult task of finding another song in two days that would match the rhythm of the scene, Shawn finally took the advice of a friend who told him: "You're a songwriter. Why don't you just write the song, yourself?" "It was very challenging trying to invent a new song that a little girl would dance to - all the while trying to get the other song out of my head," Shawn recalls. He recently spoke with the New York Post and The Hollywood Reporter about the genesis of "Sophia So Far."

As Curfew began getting pre-Oscar buzz in the media and rose to #2 on the iTunes Sales Charts for Short Films, fans began requesting the song from the film on Facebook. The song at that point was only a minute in length with no lyrics, as it was written specifically for the scene. Shawn revisited the song with fresh inspiration, writing lyrics for it and extending "Sophia So Far" into an indelible, euphoric track that stands on its own apart from the award-winning film.

Shawn Christensen has pursued the dual paths of music and film ever since graduating from Pratt Institute and forming the band stellastarr*. While on tour with the band, he began writing screenplays to ward off the monotony of driving from city to city. His credits now include several major motion pictures and his short film, Brink, was an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Curfew premiered at Tribeca in 2012 and has been screened at upwards of 60 festivals, taking home 40+ awards.

Shawn will be shooting a full-length version of Curfew this summer. He will be starring in two upcoming short films, Grandma's Not A Toaster, which will premiere at Tribeca, and The Bicycle.

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