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80-Piece Hollywood Orchestra and 50-Voice Choir to Help Cast of More Than 250 Children Tell This Inspirational Story of Faith

DANBURY, CT (November 23, 2011) - Navis Pictures, a pioneer in children's cinema, is in the final stages of post-production before the release of its new film, The War of the Vendee -- and it's time to face the music. Recording of the original score will take place at historic Warner Brother Studios in Burbank, Calif., on Nov. 30, 2011. The recording of the dramatic new score brings to a crescendo months of work dedicated to the project by the film's cast of more than 250 actors -- all of whom range in age from 2 months to 21 years.

The original musical score has been composed, orchestrated, and will be conducted by a young, up-and-coming Hollywood talent named Kevin Kaska. Kaska has already worked on some of the industry's biggest films (The Dark Knight, The Passion of the Christ, Transformers, Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean) and with some of its biggest names: Hans Zimmer, John Debney, James Newton Howard, and the great John Williams, with whom he apprenticed at the Boston Pops.

"When I saw the level of the performances these young people were giving, I knew the film deserved a score that would support, and even elevate, that," said Jim Morlino, president of Navis Pictures and director of the film. "But what Kevin Kaska has produced has exceeded anything I could dream of."

The live recording session will feature an 80-piece orchestra of Hollywood's finest musicians and a 50-voice choir from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. "While the marshaling of such resources and expenditure of such energy on a film project featuring 'only' young people might seem excessive to some, I just don't see it that way," adds Morlino. "This film is a celebration of innocence -- and the God-given talents and creativity that have been written on the hearts of these children. It's worth doing as perfectly as we can."

The composer agrees with Morlino's approach -- and is equally dedicated to the film, the children, and the beautiful, courageous faith that is the earmark of the project. "I was deeply touched and moved by this very special film and felt honored when Jim Morlino chose me to compose the score," said Kaska. "It is a joy to know that Catholics are uniting over this project, and I am certain that when the film is released it will inspire people and help to deepen their faith."

The talented and spirited young cast in The War of the Vendee brings to the screen the powerful and largely unknown story of the valiant, six-year struggle of the people in a small section of western France to restore their Holy Religion and their King. In 1793, after enduring three and a half years of mounting persecution of the Church by the architects of the French Revolution, a small band of faithful peasants and nobles began a Catholic "counter-revolution." Steeped in the influence of St. Louis de Montfort, and wearing their rosaries and emblems of the Sacred Heart, their sacrifices resulted in countless martyrdoms -- and ultimately won the restoration of religious freedom for all of France.

The recording session for this unique film will take place at Warner Brothers Studios on Nov. 30, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Members of the press who wish to attend part of the session should contact Jim Morlino at (203) 512-4622 or in order to be included on the studio guest list.

Navis Pictures is a small, independent, Catholic film production company in Danbury, CT, dedicated to providing young actors with opportunities to work on beautiful and meaningful high production value films. Their 2010 release, St. Bernadette of Lourdes has been broadcast on EWTN, and is distributed by Ignatius Press. By producing content that can be enjoyed by the entire family, Navis Pictures hopes also to inspire young people to pursue careers in the arts, that they might someday create works of their own that elevate hearts, minds, and souls the world over.


Navis Pictures
CT, 06811 US
Heather Voccola - Assistant to Mr. Morlino,


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