Michael Mortilla is an award-winning L.A. based composer/sound designer. He recently recomposed a score for “When Sugar Loaf Stood: Paintings of Catalina Island Before 1919”, an art installation at the Catalina Island Museum. Michael is also currently scoring Why Be Good (1929) starring Colleen Moore, which will premiere at the Catalina Casino Theater on May 18, 2019 and performed by a live orchestra, as well as a solo piano score for Harry Houdini’s film The Grim Game (1919) which premieres on the Island May 17. Mr. Mortilla has received commissions from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Olympics, The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Library of Congress, among many others. He composed the score for Fragments (2011), which airs on TCM, along with many of his other works for silent film. In 2016, Mr. Mortilla accompanied nearly 9 hours of non-stop screenings of classic German silent films to close the “New Objectivity” exhibit at LACMA with over 3000 visitors in attendance. Mr. Mortilla served as the resident composer for theater and dance and was on the faculty at UC Santa Barbara for over 14 years. He continues to perform on that campus several times per year, most recently with his jazz trio for a screening of John Ford’s silent comedy, Upstream (1927). Mr. Mortilla also composes in most genres of theater and dance and was the last composer to collaborate with dance legend Martha Graham on a produced work. Mr. Mortilla also composed the score that accompanied the historic world’s first internet broadcast of a film with sound, Charlie Chaplin’s The Rink (1916) in conjunction with the American Film Institute.