WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY, Big Bear International Film Festival, 2013
GORGING is an adventurous look at canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons by means of hiking, swimming, climbing and rappelling. Relatively obscure, the sport is most recognizable from the grisly accident of Aron Ralston, who severed his own arm while trapped in a canyon (portrayed by James Franco in "127 Hours").
Experiencing an overnight spike in popularity by the late 90’s – in the wake of canyon accidents appearing on broadcast news, along with the advent of the internet – the sport became inundated with participants of all backgrounds and skill levels. Faced with a new era of off-the-couch recreationalists, three influential pioneers, a canyoneering instructor, photographer, and guidebook author each respond to a growing interest in the dangerous activity.
Amidst the throngs of new canyoneers emerges Steve Cabourne, an enthusiastic weekend warrior from Los Angeles. Charting his journey from a beginner, Gorging follows Steve’s pursuits as he begins to take on more advanced canyons, placing himself further into more dangerous territory.
A tale of adventure and risk, GORGING employs the story of canyoneering to examine larger questions about the pursuit of thrills and the consequences that follow.
Composer Gregory Reeves juxtaposes a purely electronic score against the amazing natural beauty we see in the film. Not just the big ambient panoramas you might expect, but also micro/glitch approaches to reflect the minutiae and immediacy of the sport, retro styles to fit parts of the character’s stories, and pieces where location sound is used to create musical events. The sport of Canyoneering is loaded with crunching, clanging, and scraping, as well as incredible tension and release, and Reeves’ score embodies all of this in an unexpected fashion.
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released July 8, 2013
Gregory Reeves is a Los Angeles-based composer, electronic artist, and musician. He has created original music and sound design for clients like A&E, History Channel, FUEL TV, Universal, EA Games, Nike, and many more. He scored the hip-hop feature film "B-Girl" in 2008. His sound art and installation work includes pieces for the Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, as well as creating a soundscape for the huge geodesic dome at the Peats Ridge festival in Australia, New Years eve. Under various monikers (Cordovan, GSUB, Van Scotti, etc.) his electronic tracks have received excellent reviews, DJ play and airplay internationally, and he has remixed artists as diverse as Bob Marley and Sarah Vaughan. As a musician, Reeves has recorded and performed with a wide range of other artists in many genres, ranging from the Dead Kennedys to Her Space Holiday, and more.