Australian Singer Greta Gertler to Record for Documentary Feature,
Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Hollywood, CA — June 15, 2004: Singer/songwriter Greta Gertler will arrange and perform a cover of the classic ballad “Leave Tomorrow Till It Comes” exclusively for the upcoming feature documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. The song is familiar to Tolkien fans from the 1980 Rankin & Bass animated version of The Return of the King. Ms. Gertler’s remarkable sense of melody and orchestration breathes new life into a song originally recorded by “The Limeliters” vocalist Glenn Yarbrough. An original composition from Ms. Gertler, the aptly titled “The Ring,” will also appear in the film.

Ms. Gertler was recently praised in Headliner magazine: “Once in a while a voice comes along that really makes you sit up and take notice. Australian born New Yorker Greta Gertler is such a voice.” She recently released her debut album, The Baby That Brought Bad Weather after working on it for three years in New York City with Noah Simon (Jarvis Studios). It has been described as “one of those hoped for revelations that all too infrequently emerge from the never-ending pile of new releases” (Vin Scelsa, WFUV) and “an album of timeless songcraft in the classic pop tradition but with a magic that transcends the genre” (Irwin Chusid, WFMU). The New Yorker magazine raves: “She has a spacious voice and a welcome weakness for lushly orchestrated seventies-era singer-songwriter pop.” Ms. Gertler’s live performances range from solo piano/vocal to a core 5-piece rock band to a 14-piece big band, augmented by classical and jazz musicians. Visit her official website here!

Ringers: Lord of the Fans features a dynamic rock-driven score with many recording artists who were influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. Many have come forward to provide a new spin on nostalgic favorites from previous “Rings” adaptations. After 16 months of location shooting on three continents, and speaking with dozens of actors, filmmakers, rock musicians, authors, and academics, “Ringers” stands as the most comprehensive film document of the ongoing Tolkien phenomenon.

About the Documentary:

Very funny and often moving, Ringers: Lord of the Fans shows the hidden power behind Tolkien’s books — and how after 50 years a single literary work continues to spark the minds and hearts of millions, across cultures and across time. Ringers explores the real foundations of Middle-earth; a community of true fans who share a common bond. Moving beyond “cult classic” and over several different generations, the film unearths academics, musicians, authors, filmmakers, and a plethora of pop junkies — the people gathered under the banner of ‘Ringer.’

Current “Ringers” Interviewees include:

Actor – Dominic Monaghan, Author/Filmmaker – Clive Barker, Writer/Director/Producer – Cameron Crowe, Actor – David Carradine, Comics Illustrator – Colleen Doran, Author – Terry Pratchett, Author – Peter S. Beagle, Author – Terry Brooks, Tolkien Scholar – Dr. Jane Chance, Chairperson of the Tolkien Society – Christine Crawshaw, Author – Colin Duriez, Filmmaker/Critic – Chris Gore, Screenwriter/Publisher – Forrest J. Ackerman, Actor – Bill Mumy, Author/Broadcaster – Brian Sibley, Great-Grandson – Royd Tolkien, and hundreds of Tolkien fans!

For additional information, contact:
Melanie Marquez, Publicist
9220 Sunset Blvd Suite 220
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Office: +1 323-669-1173