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Caleb Moore Freundlich

Composer / Artist


Cal Freundlich is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from New York City. His music is recognized for its unique combination of acoustic, organic, and electronic instruments. Cal’s background as a guitar player, playing in rock, alternative, and jazz bands growing up, combined with his training in composition for film has allowed him to create an individual sound and style.

Cal’s diverse capabilities has allowed him to write music for a wide variety of projects, from Documentary and Narrative films, to animations, video games, and even web-comics. His latest work includes the 2023 feature documentary "Eat Bitter," which just had it's world premiere at CPH: DOX, the 2022 documentary film “Found” (dir. Shuhao Tse), winner of the Special Jury Prize and Best Documentary  2022 Yugo BAFTA Student Awards and Gold Medal Winner at the Student Academy Awards, the 2021 documentary film “Eagles Rest in Liangshan” (dir. by Bohao Liu), winner of the Silver Medal in the 2021 Student Academy Awards Best Documentary category, and the 2021 short film, “Intersection” (dir. by Bart Freundlich), which premiered at the 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival. Cal is also the lead composer and Music Director for Laurel Pursuit Studios, who recently announced a major partnership with AETHON BOOKS to create a new slate of webcomics. 

Cal is guided by his enthusiasm for storytelling and media and his passion for film scoring comes from the freedom of exploration and expression it provides. He has earned a Master’s in Music from NYU Steinhardt, and in May of 2022 he was awarded the prestigious Elmer Bernstein Award for Outstanding Collabroation and Engagement from the NYU Steinhardt Screen Scoring department. Outside of composing, Cal is also an up-and-coming alternative R&B artist performing and releasing music under the name Caleb Moore. His debut EP will be releasing later this July (2024). 

Outside of music, Cal loves watching movies, TV shows, and sports, particularly basketball, which he played at the Division I level for Davidson College from 2016-2020.


Caleb Moore is a 26-year-old artist, songwriter, and producer from New York City. A multi-instrumentalist and film composer, Caleb does much of his songwriting and production solo - his music inhabits a groove focused, alternative-R&B space while his vocals and lyrics contrast in their vulnerability and sincerity. He cites artists including Tyler the Creator, James Blake, Rex Orange County, Lauryn Hill and Gustavo Santaolalla as inspirations, but this group only slightly hints at the scope of Caleb’s musical range. His palate is as organic and raw as it is contemporary and rhythmic. And despite his strong emphasis on the musical backdrop, what may come through most is his vocal honesty and insatiable desire for a good hook.


Eat Bitter
A Documentary Film by Ningyi Sun and Pascale Appora-Gnekindy
Music by Cal Freundlich

Against the backdrop of civil war in the Central African Republic, a Chinese construction manager and local African laborer work on opposite ends of the spectrum to construct a sparkling new bank. As deadlines loom, unexpected twists threaten their jobs, relationships, and plans for a better life. 2023 World Premiere at CPH: DOX and official selection of Vision Du Réel and Hot Docs. Read more on IMDB

A Documentary Film by Shuhao Tse
Music by Cal Freundlich

Tang’s son was stolen when the child was 3. 12 years later, the police found him, but that joy was trapped in a new reality. Special Jury Prize and Best Documentary winner at the 2022  BAFTA Student Awards and Gold Medal Winner at the Student Academy Awards

Eagles Rest in Liangshan
A Documentary Film by Bohao Liu
Music by Cal Freundlich and Kelvin Yuen

Basketball is so popular with the Yi minority in Liangshan, that the center of town is not a park but a basketball court. Inspired by the Kobe Bryant Mamba mentality, a young Yi man returns to his city to coach the kids. Silver Medal winner at the Student Academy Awards.


A Valley Divided

Documentary Film by Madeline Gunderson
Music by Cal Freundlich

In the nation’s fruit basket, Latinx community organizers and farm workers are raising their voice and demanding equal representation at the ballot box. Official Selection of the DOC NYC Film Festival. Stream on Vimeo or watch the trailer on YouTube.

Narrative Projects

Intersection (With/In Vol I)
A Short Film by Bart Freundlich 
Produced by Maven Screen Media
Music by Cal Freundlich

With/In Vol I is a collection of films that unites an excellent roster of directors and actors to detail COVID’s many domestic challenges in a cinematic time capsule of sorts. Intersection, starring Julianne Moore, Talia Balsam, and Don Cheadle, tackles the the complexity of family and race in the modern-day pandemic.  Official Selection of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Now available for streaming on Amazon and iTunes.



The Lion and The Firebird
A Short Film by Daniel Byers 
Music by Cal Freundlich

RISING FIRE, an early human, flees with her small daughter KONA pursued by a violent warband -- the LION MEN. When she is inadvertently saved by one of the last NEANDERTHALS, the two struggle to communicate and find trust. But when the Lion Men return, they become the key to one another's survival - and the future of humanity. Official Selection of the 2022 Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Read more on IMDB
The Door’s Always Open

A Short Film by Carina Greenberg
Music by Cal Freundlich

A driven young professional saxophonist tries to break away from his parents - but this turns out to be a much more difficult task for his mom than expected.

A Short Horror Film by Maya Zaleski
Music by Cal Freundlich

JINX follows a young woman's descent down a path of obsession and paranoia. When Jordan's estranged grandmother dies, she is haunted by visions of the occult practices that stained her childhood. Plagued by nightmares (or is it memories?), Jordan loses her grip on reality.


Forty Winks
A Feature Film by Will Parker
Music by Cal Freundlich

Forty Winks is an English language Drama/Dark Comedy/Thriller feature film directed by Will Parker. A struggling Hypnotist (Justin Marcel McManus) in New York City is blackmailed into being the world's first hypnotist hit man after a mysterious woman (Susan Sarandon) finds out his degree is fake. Premiered June 6th at the Robin Williams Center, read more on IMDB

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