MCC Instructor Writes Score for Film

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 26, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) instructor Rex Willis wrote the music score for The End is Blossoming, the first in a series of fictional films called The Ghosts of Ybor City. MCC faculty featured in the recording are Nadia Sawa-Veremchuk, clarinet; Melodie Dickerson, piano and voice; Sasha von Dassow, cello; and Willis, guitar. Local professional violinist Sean O'Neil plays violin.

Willis, a native Floridian, is a classical guitarist and published composer who hosts Guitar Unplugged, a weekly TV show on Channel 21, METV, in Manatee County. In 2005, he wrote the music score for a short film, The Southernmost Point, which was produced at MCC and featured in the prestigious Sedona (Ariz.) International Film Festival. His compositions have been performed all over the world. Willis' most recently released CD is Suite Florida.

The Ghosts of Ybor City explores the dark and colorful Mafia wars that took place in Ybor City between 1942 and 1945. Directors Pete and Paul Guzzo are founders of The Tampa Film Review, a monthly showcasing of local independent films, and they also are on the Tampa Film Advisory Board and Gasparilla Film Festival Board of Directors. The brothers' latest film credits include The Dance and 99, which won numerous awards at film festivals throughout the world.

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