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"This film imbues in its audience the sense of sorrow and respect   that the masterpiece, Life is Beautiful, brought to the screen."  

- Moving Pictures Magazine

The Musicians

Spencer Proffer (Music Supervisor and Composer) 


Producer Jerry Offsay enlisted his longtime musical lieutenant, Spencer Proffer to produce and oversee all musical aspects of the film. Proffer co-wrote the music to the film’s opening as well as closing song, “The Art of the Soul,” with award-winning songwriting partner, David Pomeranz, a long time collaborator (they both wrote Bette Midler's Hit, "Daybreak"). Spencer then selected and produced platinum Columbia/Sony Records artiste Anna Nalick to perform the song.


As a music director and supervisor, he has handled all aspects of the music on over 100 motion picture and television projects for most of the key motion picture studios and major broadcast television networks. Over 35 of these were nominated or won major industry awards, and includes work with CBS, NBC, ABC, MTV, VH-1, Showtime Networks, TNT, USA Networks, Paramount, Touchstone, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and New Line Cinema.  Additionally, he oversaw Showtime’s music interests on all levels for seven years.


He served as a Producer of the 4 time Tony nominated Broadway hit, "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues" and the 2 time Emmy nominated television special, "Robbie Robertson, Coming Home", the CBS mini-series “Shake Rattle and Roll” and HBO’s award-winning multi-cultural series “Happily Ever After”.


Spencer has produced over 200 albums, accumulating gold and platinum records for millions of units sold through his work with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Heart, Cheap Trick, The Little River Band, Hootie & The Blowfish, B.B. King, Kenny Loggins, Graham Nash, Eddie Money and Gladys Knight.  In 1975 he produced the Tina Turner Acid Queen album while serving as worldwide chief of A&R at United Artists Records; in 1983 he produced Quiet Riot’s Metal Health, the first debut hard rock album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.



Larry Brown (Composer and Sound Design)


Larry Brown is an accomplished engineer, producer and music composer with an Emmy and multiple Emmy nominations to his credit. He has composed music for over two dozen films, over fifty television programs and multiple brand campaigns for major Fortune 100 companies. His depth of creative and technical skills on both the composing, sound design and engineering fronts has made him a renaissance multi position player on the media field.


Larry Brown and Spencer Proffer first collaborated over twenty years ago when Brown played drums and percussion on numerous Proffer produced albums. In addition, Larry engineered and Spencer produced artists such as Heart, Cheap Trick, The Little River Band, Quiet Riot, The Beach Boys and The Stayin' Alive soundtrack. Larry and Spencer teamed up on four Showtime Original movies, two feature films and the long-running award-winning HBO series "Happily Ever After."



Judith A. Proffer  (Lyrcist )


Judith Proffer penned the poignant lyrics to “The Art of the Soul” which became the movie’s opening as well as closing song sung by Anna Nalick.


Co-founder of the acclaimed Southern California Sun Community Newspapers, as Executive Editor Judith created three unique publications to serve the Valley communities: Studio City Sun, Sherman Oaks Sun and Encino Sun.


Judith has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the leading “Women Who Make A Difference” in the Southern California Community.

Brundibar opera 1944


Children living in the Theresienstadt Ghetto performed in the children's opera "Brundibar", which was filmed for propaganda purposes by the Nazis in 1944. Immediately afterward, all but two of the cast were sent to the gas chambers.