Tom Bourcier wins Iowa Motion Picture Association Award of Excellence for film score

May 12, 2010

Tom Bourcier, musician and instructor of music at Luther College, is the recipient of the Iowa Motion Picture Association Award for Excellence for Best Original Music Score for his work on the film “Rebirth,” directed by Francesca Soans.

The 2010 IMPA award winners were announced May 1 at the IMPA awards ceremony in Des Moines.

The IMPA competition features two levels of recognition: awards of achievement and awards of excellence. Awards of excellence go to the highest scoring nominees in class.

More than 140 entries from all areas of the state were received and judged in categories ranging from screenwriting and acting to editing and directing.

The IMPA is a professional organization that works to promote and enhance the talents and skills of Iowa’s film, video and multimedia production community.

“Rebirth” is a 30-minute fiction film, written and directed by Soans and shot on digital video. The film explores the stories of three women: Kalpa, an Indian immigrant; Helen, a Norwegian-American; and Laura, a Mexican-American. The film provides a complex look at race, religion, and politics in a small town in Iowa.

Bourcier holds the master of music degree in composition from Western Michigan University. He served as music director and assistant professor in the department of dance at the University of Illinois from 1991-96 and premiered 17 original compositions in Illinois Dance Theatre and Illinois Repertory Theatre productions.

Bourcier’s jazz chart “In Walked Bo” was recently recorded by the Composer’s Big Band in New York City.

At Luther Bourcier teaches improvisation, jazz theory and arranging. He directs the Jazz Band and Jazz Combos. He also accompanies movement fundamentals classes and composes original music for the Luther Theatre/Dance Department.

As a professional musician Bourcier has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, performing with and backing up musicians and acts such as the Dirty Dozen Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Schwall of the Siegal-Schwall Band, Buddy Rich, Donald O’Connor, comedian David Brenner, Debbie Reynolds and Jack Jones.