Peter Salett has been both movie scoring and writing songs for film, both within the studio system and for independent movies.
In 2008 he wrote, arranged and produced songs for the Universal Pictures romantic comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", executive produced by
Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad), which was released in the spring of that year.
Salett also wrote and performed songs on screen in David Wain's Universal Pictures film "Role Models", starring Paul Rudd, Sean William
Scott and Elizabeth Banks, which was released in the fall of 2008. His song "Broken and Bent" was composed for a montage scene at a key
moment of the film.
In 2009 Peter scored the intense documentary "21 Below" which was broadcast on the UK station More4 in December. He also has a song on the
HBO doc "By the People" soundtrack - released in January of 2010. Peter's song, written specifically for the soundtrack, is alongside songs
by Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, and many other well known artists.
In 2007 Salett wrote and performed an end title song for David
Wain’s film “The Ten”, starring Winona Ryder,
Famke Janssen, Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba and many more. As
well he co-scored Harris Fishman's feature length documentary
for HBO "Cat Dancers", which won a Special Jury Prize
after its premiere at SXSW in March of 2007, and will be shown
on HBO in 2008.
2006 Peter scored David Jacobson's "Down in the Valley",
starring Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood. Five of
Salett's songs, written for the movie, are featured as well,
including the opening title. When "Down in the Valley" was
released in May 2006, Salett received press from around the
country for his unique contribution. "Peter Salett's song
score is haunting" - Houston Chronicle. "The movie
starts to float away on its longueurs, propped up by a lovely
soundtrack of Peter Salett's acoustic ballads " - Boston
Globe. ATO Records released the soundtrack.
2005 he contributed 3 songs to Michael Showalter's IFC film "The
Baxter," a collaboration that includes Salett's end title
song for Showalter and David Wain's cult classic, "Wet
Hot American Summer", which starred Janeane Garofalo. Salett's
2000 release "Heart Of Mine" was the main theme of "Keeping
The Faith," a film directed by and starring Edward Norton,
with a remix by T Bone Burnett on a Hollywood Records soundtrack
that included Tom Waits and Elliott Smith.
also scored Bittersweet Place, starring Seymour Cassel, which
premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005.
films that have featured Salett’s music include two songs
in Salma Hayek’s Showtime film “Maldonado Miracle”,
(with Peter Fonda and Mare Winningham); Dan McCormack’s “Other
Voices” (2000, with Campbell Scott) in which Salett’s
epic song “Only Mine” was used on the closing credits
in a collaboration with Lili Haydn and the Russian National
Symphony; and 1997 Sundance Audience Award winner “Hurricane
Streets” for which Salett co-wrote (with noted
composer Theodore Shapiro) and sang the song “Beautiful
Dream” for the end title.
easy to understand why the accessible sounds of Peter Salett
often serve as cinematic backdrops. On songs of loneliness
and love lost, Salett proves that less is indeed more,
letting his rich vocals soar over a sole piano accompaniment
or spare acoustics. His every yearning and pang feels
like your own." -
2008 Role Models (Universal
Pictures, two songs)
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal Pictures, three
2007 The Ten (ThinkFilm, Commotion soundtrack; end title)
2006 Down in the Valley (ThinkFilm, ATO soundtrack; five songs)
2005 The F Word (Ditlev Films)
2005 The Baxter (IFC, Milan soundtrack; three songs)
2003 Maldonado Miracle (Showtime, two songs)
2001 Wet Hot American Summer (USA Films, end title)
2000 Keeping the Faith (Touchtone/Disney, Hollywood soundtrack;
two songs, including main theme/end title)
2000 Other Voices (independent, end title)
1998 Hurricane Streets (MGM, Mammoth soundtrack; end title)
2009 21 Below (independent documentary)
2008 Cat Dancers (HBO documentary, co-score)
2006 Down in the Valley (ThinkFilm)
2005 Bittersweet Place (independent)
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal Pictures)
2007 Superbad (Columbia
F Word (Ditlev Films)
Hot American Summer (USA Films)