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Composer Alan Silvestri Being Feted at World Soundtrack Awards

Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.

As is custom, the work of Silvestri — following in the footsteps of previous WSA honorees Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Cliff Martinez — will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.

Silvestri first teamed with Zemeckis on their breakthrough feature, “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and subsequently collaborated on 10 additional releases, including “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Polar Express” (2004).

The prolific and rangy composer’s credits also include the rom-coms “Father of the Bride” (1991), “What Women Want” (2000) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002); action blockbusters “Predator” (1987) and “The Avengers” (2012); neo-westerns “Young Guns 2” (1990) and “The Quick and the Dead” (1995); two of the “Night at the Museum” movies; and the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner mega hit “The Bodyguard” (1992).

Silvestri’s latest collaboration with Zemeckis, “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is due out in October.

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