"With a hypnotic and harmonic sound, and a supremely mysterious mood, Patullo takes the viewer on a captivating sonic journey that’s really something to hear. The lush arrangements are exquisitely filled out by tinkling pianos, moody strings, and equally brooding cellos. The swirling and whirling rhythmic push’n’pull of the chugging tempos and steady beats provide an extra stirring kick to the already tasty proceedings…
…Sheer intoxicating pleasure from start to finish."
Carla Patullo, also known as White Widow, is a composer and songwriter who creates rich, emotionally attuned soundscapes that celebrate the power in any story. With a sound that moves from industrial to lush orchestral and beyond, Carla has written music for many films including Letter to Anita, Choke, Pizza Face, Lotte that Silhouette Girl, Jean Cordova, and Spa Night. Patullo has worked on film and TV productions that have won awards such as an Independent Spirit Award, Daytime Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award and a BAFTA. Carla was recently selected as a Sundance 2018 Composer Fellow for the Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab. Her scores have won numerous awards, including Global Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Award (Carter Burwell, Philip Glass, Diane Warren) nominations, and just this year, a Music and Sound Award nomination.
Carla also performs live, touring internationally on solo tours and with her band. She served as musical director for actress/ comedian Sandra Bernhard’s “I Love Being Me, Don’t You” tour and album. The tour included performances with Liza Minnelli, Rufus Wainwright, and Justin Vivian Bond.
Being inspired by her love for psychological thriller films, in 2011, she wrote and recorded a concept album titled A Psychological Thriller. The album accompanied a short film by Brooklyn based filmmakers, Electric Wonder. The film premiered at a sold-out show with a synced live performance of the score by Carla and her band. The Creators Project raved about it as “an eerie and erotic serial love affair.” This project inspired Carla to begin writing music to picture.
As a visual media artist, Carla started studying the work of animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger. She began to see a new idea in Reiniger's original silent films and was inspired to compose a ballet to her 1922 film Aschenputtel. The new film Cinderella, A Shadow Ballet is a re-conceptualization in which Carla uses a hauntingly beautiful score with lyrics to re-narrate this classic fairy tale film. By adding a layer of shadow psychology, Carla transforms Reiniger's original silhouettes into a modern ballet about the shadows that lurk in our collective subconcious.
In 2018, Carla completed an animated documentary about Reiniger with co-director and animator Elizabeth Beech called LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL, which won Best U.S. Short at the American Documentary Film Festival and was shortlisted for an IDA Award. In a vocally driven score, she creates textures and wonderfully mysterious vocal effects to represent each puppet's personality and shadowy support of their heroine, Lotte Reiniger.
Along with scoring for films, Carla has written numerous songs and has had over 100 song placements on Emmy award winning TV shows, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Young & the Restless, Skins, as well as dance performances of Sia’s sidekick Maddie Ziegler on the TV show Dance Moms. Her voice can also be heard on the Microsoft video game Project Spark, and the PBS Show Craft in America.
IDA Award (Shortlist for Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Music + Sound Award (Finalist for best score to Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Sundance Composer Fellow (Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab)
American Documentary Film Festival (Winner Best Short Documentary: Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Tallgrass Film Festival (Winner Best Short Documentary: Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Docutah Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker Award for Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Rome Int. Film Festival (Winner Best Short Documentary: Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Emmy Award Nomination (Venice the Series, Best Series)
Global Music Award (Lotte that Silhouette Girl wins Best Soundtrack)
Hot Docs (Hottest Shorts at Hot Docs Program: Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (World premiere of Lotte that Silhouette Girl)
Emmy Award Nomination (Venice the Series, Best Series)
Independent Spirit Award (Spa Night)
NETFLIX (Spa Night, available for streaming)
Outfest Film Festival (Premiere of JEANE CORDOVA & Best Short Film Award)
Comic-Con (Screening of PIZZA FACE)
Toronto International Film Festival (Screening of PIZZA FACE)
Frameline Film Festival (Premiere of the film The Curse)
Remi Award (MY NAME IS MARIA DE JESUS, Best Short Film)
SPA NIGHT Theatrical Release (Composer/Songwriter)
Nautilus Studio LA (Fellow)
BMI Composing for the Screen (Fellow)
Hollywood Music in Media (Nom. - Singer-Songwriter)
WorldFest Houston Int. Film Festival (Plat. Remi Award - Best Music Short)
Garden State Film Festival (Winner - Best Orchestral Theme)
Sundance Film Festival (Premiere of SPA NIGHT w/music by White Widow)
Hollywood Music in Media (Nom. - Best Original Score/Indie Short Film)
Global Music Awards (Winner - Best Score)
Indie FEST (Winner - Best Original Score, 2015)
IFA International Film Festival (Winner - Best Original Score)
Spotlight Short Film Award (Winner - Best Original Score)
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (Winner - Best Score)
Independent International Film Awards (Winner - Best Score)