Lipton, Lozaw and Pushkin join crew
HAWKS NEST TUNNEL DOCUMENTARY EXPANDS CREW WITH MUSIC DIRECTORS
New York, New York -March 29, 2011 – Iron Bridge Pictures announced today that musicians Michael Lipton, Tristram Lozaw and Michael Pushkin have joined the crew of Hawks Nest Tunnel: A Documentary as musical directors.
Michael Lipton was born outside of New York and raised in Miami, FL, Michael Lipton moved to a farm in rural Calhoun County in 1973. While there, he formed the band Big Money, which played around the mid-Atlantic for a decade. He also started the county’s first organized trash collection service, King Pin Trash Service. He began freelancing for The Charleston Gazette in the mid-‘80s and, after his house was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, moved to Charleston. He continued writing regular features, columns and reviews for the Gazette as well as becoming co-publisher and editor of the alternative newspaper Graffiti – which he edited until it was sold in 2005. In the late ‘80s, he began playing in the “Mountain Stage” house band and formed The Carpenter Ants, an R&B group which has been together for 23 years and twice traveled to Moscow. Along the way he has toured with various bands, produced numerous CDs, scored three feature films, documentaries and shorts. Recently, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred l. duPont-Columbia University award for his music on Trey Kay’s radio documentary “The Great Textbook War.”
After selling Graffiti in 2005, Lipton founded the WV Music Hall of Fame. The WVMHoF has hosted three induction galas which were broadcast statewide on WV Public TV, collaborated with the WV Department of Education to create a Traveling Museum which has visited 120 schools in 54 counties throughout the state, designed a permanent exhibit at Tamarack, released two critically acclaimed CDs, and produced numerous displays and exhibits.
The WVMHoF’s current projects include making “The Film History of WV Music” and a Bill Withers tribute CD.
Tristram Lozaw is a musician who has played in bands since the sixth grade, Tristram Lozaw is a recent transplant from Boston, MA to Charleston, WV. He is currently Communications Director for the WV Attorney General’s Office, a position that includes producing audio and video projects for consumer education.
His resume as a musician runs from leading a rock group that opened for U2 on 43 dates in the 1980s to compositions for string quartet to performing at Lincoln Center as one of 200 guitarists for Rhys Chatham’s “A Crimson Grail,” released by Nonesuch Records in 2010. Lozaw’s love for music led to an adjunct career as music journalist (Boston Globe, MSNBC, YahooMusic) and publisher of the nationally respected magazine Boston Rock.
Lozaw’s film music credits include the PBS Frontline series “The Farmer’s Wife,” the indie short “Magic Carpet,” and Lisa Olivieri’s “Helen Keller Had It Easy.” He has also created music soundtracks with Charleston’s Michael Lipton, including music for Bob Wilkinson’s award-winning “Shades of Gray” (Seminal Films, DVD) and the NPR radio documentary “The Great Textbook War” produced by Trey Kay, for which he received Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, and Columbia Journalism School Awards. He has also worked crew on indie films and television.
As an audio engineer, Lozaw studied under renown audio guru David Moulton and has mixed, mastered, produced, restored, or “manipulated” recordings for dozens of artists and projects, including the all-star “Always Lift Him Up: A Tribute to Blind Alfred Reed” CD. He worked on Rock Band “The Eighties” and produced radio advertising for K&L Sound, the Harvard Coop, and Boston Rock, among others.
Michael Pushkin is a songwriter from Charleston, West Virginia. He has performed throughout the State for over 20 years. His bands have included “Mike P and the Lower Case G’s”, “Head Salad” and the legendary Morgantown funk band, “Joint Chiefs”. He is currently in the band “600 lbs. of Sin”.
His songs are often outlets for his political beliefs, such as the title track to 600lbs of Sin’s latest EP, “29? , a dirge for the workers that were killed at the Upper Big Branch mine. Mike is active in the Charleston community as a political organizer and cultural pundit. He has helped organize political campaigns, musical fundraising events and protest rallies.