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Bill Sackter played a major role
in helping our society have a more
positive and understanding view

of people with disabilities.

“Working with Peter on the Bill Sackter documentary was a wonderful collaboration.  The music he's created is brilliantly orchestrated and very moving.  

His film score is vital to the emotional power of my film.

— Lane Wyrick, Mid-American Emmy Award-winning film producer

“Peter's score for the documentary film 'A Friend Indeed' reveals an artist working at the top of his craft.  His thoughtful musical themes and deft emotional interpretations illuminate all the important beats in this heartfelt story, making the journey a magical one.

— Barry Morrow,
Oscar Award-winning Hollywood
screenwriter (for Rain Man)

Film Music

As a film composer, I've enjoyed working on a diverse range of projects over the years: from writing music for documentaries, to writing the featured song in a romantic comedy, to providing high-quality orchestration for some of Hollywood's top film composers.

From all these experiences, I've chosen one project to share with you, which I think is representative of my work in the film industry. Please see below for details on one of my favorite film-scoring projects:

“A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story”

This documentary tells the story of Bill Sackter, a mentally challenged man who was cruelly confined to an institution for over forty years. After being released into the care of his loving friends, he was finally able to flourish and live a vibrant life. 

Bill's life story has inspired many people around the world, and reminds us that we’re at our best when there are people who believe in us. 

I was honored to work on this project with film producer Lane Wyrick (Mid-America Emmy Award winner) and consultant Barry Morrow (Oscar winner for his screenplay for “Rain Man,” and a good friend of Bill Sackter's).

This award-winning film has been airing nationwide on PBS since the middle of 2014. You can purchase your own copy of this emotionally powerful film, direct from Amazon.

About the Music

Because of the inspiring nature of this documentary, the producer asked me to create a music score that is rich-sounding, emotionally nuanced, and deeply moving. I was very moved by the story of Bill Sackter, so I found that the music flowed from me quite easily.

The producer and I agreed that using a fairly large orchestra was essential to our goals, so we decided to go against the grain and score this documentary as if it were a big-budget Hollywood film. 

I was thrilled to be able to record the music with Seattle Music, a top-tier orchestra that's hired to record many Hollywood film scores. 

I plan on releasing a Soundtrack CD of the film score sometime in the future.

Discover more about this film

♦  Hear sound clips of the music I wrote for this film.

♦  Watch YouTube videos that I created from portions of my film score.

♦  Watch a YouTube video of how the music was recorded in Seattle.

♦  Learn more about the film and watch a trailer at the film’s official website.

♦  Watch a video clip of the opening few minutes of the film at IMDB.

♦  Purchase the DVD at Amazon.

♦  Read quotes about my film music.

A sampling of audience comments about the music

♦  “Thank you SO much for an incredible film — the story of one man's life and how much he made a difference to so many! Remarkable footage and amazing music that depicts the beauty of Bill.

♦  “This documentary is very moving, very touching, and the music score really is a gem. The story is a living testament of how human beings should treat each other. 

♦  “This documentary touched me deeply. We have a child that has high-functioning autism. The message of this film is what I feel for our own child. Thanks for an incredible experience. The music made the movie so moving. I cried all the way through the movie — as did everyone around me!