“White Widow occupies a zone midpoint between Kate Bush and Martha Bates Motels creating a semi-symphonic progressive melodic groove that enthralls, absorbs, saddens, uplifts, and caresses the ear and mind in a tale of deliquescing love.” — AcousticMusic.com
Award-winning composer Carla Patullo, also known as White Widow, has created rich and diverse soundscapes for film and television productions that have won awards including a Daytime Emmy, a BAFTA, an Independent Spirit Award, and the GLAAD Media Award.
Last year, Skywalker Sound and the Sundance Institute selected Carla as a Composer Fellow for the 2018 Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab, during which she developed her haunting and vocally-driven score to Keola Racela’s horror comedy “Porno” which premiered this year at SXSW. According to Variety Magazine, “Carla Patullo’s score is a nicely poker-faced channeling of fantasy-action soundtrack tropes from a generation ago.”
She is currently working on three documentary features: “Shadow Maker,” about animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger; “Canta di Liberta,” about the renowned Italian singer Milva; and Gregorio Davila’s LGBTA doc “LA: A Queer History.” With a sound that ranges from raw industrial to lush orchestral, Carla’s other credits include the award-winning Sundance selection “Spa Night,” and the Outfest selections “Letter to Anita,” “Jeanne Cordova,” and “Choke.”
Carla also co-founded the production company Trick Studio, through which she directed and scored the award-winning animated short film, “Cinderella, a Shadow Ballet,” based on Reiniger’s original 1922 silent film “Aschenputtel.” Carla’s score won her a Global Music Award, and two Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominations for Best Original Score and Best Singer-Songwriter. Carla followed up her success by directing and scoring the critically-acclaimed short, “Lotte That Sihouette Girl,” which earned her a Music+Sound Award nomination for Best Short Film Score, won the American Documentary Film Festival award for Best U.S. Short, was one of the Hottest Shorts at Hot Docs, and shortlisted for a 2018 IDA Award. A suite of the soundtrack was released on Movie Score Media/Quartet Records: Short Cuts 2018: The Best of Original Short Motion Picture Scores. The album also features works by Angelo Badalamenti and Joseph Stevens.
In addition to composing, Carla is a prolific songwriter and has had over 100 song placements on Emmy-winning shows, such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Young & the Restless,” “Skins,” and in dance performances by Maddie Ziegler on the show “Dance Moms.” Furthermore, Carla has toured internationally as a solo performer and with her band. Her vocals can be heard on the Microsoft video game “Project Spark,” and the PBS show “Craft in America.” She was also the musical director for actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard’s “I Love Being Me, Don’t You” album tour, which included performances with Liza Minnelli, Rufus Wainwright, and Justin Vivian Bond.
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