LIGHTNING RELEASES –Birmingham, Alabama – June 6, 2014 – As post production wraps up on the new feature length documentary, Cuddle, being produced and directed by award winning filmmaker Jason O’Brien, the music for the film is now being finalized. Back in May, Donna Britton, an Oscar contending vocalist and award winning songwriter, was brought on board as Music Supervisor. One of her first tasks was to help write a new original song for the film.
Performed by Brooklyn based artist Aaron Zimmer, the new song, entitled “Close”, will be featured in the film, and is written by Aaron W. Zimmer and Donna Britton. The song will be produced and engineered by Grammy and Dove Award nominated producer Dave Tough (www.davetough.com) in Nashville, TN. The song manages to encapsulate a lot of the themes that Jason presents in the film, specifically around the need for touch, and also how our perceptions can often change once we finally see or experience something, and the greater understanding that brings to everyone. That has been one of the goals that Jason hopes to accomplish upon release of the film.
Cuddle chronicles a revolutionary movement currently taking place around the country, featuring a group of people trying to clear the misconceptions of others in their quest to bring us closer together and provide a service around the most basic human need of touch. The phenomenon of cuddle parties is explored, as well as one-on-one pay for cuddling businesses which have sometimes faced resistance in their attempts to provide cuddling services in a completely non-sexual environment.
DONNA BRITTON is an Oscar contending vocalist and award winning songwriter, who has performed on ABC News “Dayside” 10/3/2013, “Love Can Feed the World” released to help feed children, and on PBS’s “Conversations with Larry Weeks”. She regularly performs in Nashville at the The Bluebird Cafe, The Commodore, Hotel Indigo, and Jim Parker’s Songwriter’s Series. Her songs have appeared in Showtime’s “L” Word, House of Consignment, VH1, TVO, Green Heroes web series, Venice the Series, World News, & Rock Band Network. She has also performed at the Troubadour, The Roxy, The Palomino, The Bla Bla, and shared the stage with Al Jarreau, Don Henley, Billy Idol, Martha Reeves, The Four Seasons, and The Bangles. She is a songwriter & advisory board member for the Songs of Love Foundation and has written 145 songs for ailing children. She worked with Kid Pan Alley Children’s project, along with notables like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, & Amy Grant. She is the current Owner & Director of Licensing of Mountain Row Music, specializing in TV, Film & Commercial placements, and was the music supervisor & album director for the film Halloween Party, placing 27 songs, 7 written for the movie, with one being a 2013 Oscar contender. She is also President of Team Green World, a Non Profit, dedicated to music education. For more information, go to www.whatsuponthemountain.com.
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter AARON ZIMMER is proud to announce the release of The Surgeon / In Stone, the second in a collection of 7 vinyl releases. Written, performed, recorded and produced by Aaron, these songs were inspired by the passing of his father in 2013. Zimmer is making a name for himself in NYC and across the country, not only for his brand of pop/rock, but also for his engaging one-man live show that includes a multitude of instruments, percussion, and loops. Zimmer is touring clubs and college campuses throughout 2014. For more information, go to www.aaronzimmer.com.
JASON O’BRIEN is an award winning local Birmingham filmmaker who has been making films since 2004. His first feature film, Killing Christian (2005), was shot entirely in the Birmingham area and premiered to a local sold out crowd of 450 people. His short film After the Torment (2011) was the official selection in six film festivals over the course of three years, and won two awards, including a 2012 Golden Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival. His comedy Oh, Shit! (2012) was an official selection at the 2013 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham. In addition to Cuddle, he is also in pre-production for a new short film he’s producing and co-directing with Janet Robinson called The Other Side of Laughter, based on her recently released novel of the same name. His production company, Fast Lane Productions, is on the web at www.flprods.com.
Jason O’Brien | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 205-520-3074