Nicole Russin-McFarland Releases "Esther in Wonderland" Film Score Inspired by Peer Gynt

Film music's brightest rising star mixes Edvard Grieg's masterpiece into smashing original new material

The sound is dreamy... because it is literally straight from a dream!


Ring Group London

LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2020)- Film director and film score composer Nicole Russin-McFarland has released her film score, Esther in Wonderland. Written with bravura, the flame haired glamazon reimagines Peer Gynt with her own crafted melodies that came to her in a dream.

"Where do dreams take you? James Cameron dreamed of a war between humans and machines. He wrote it all down and drew imagery. That dream became The Terminator," Nicole wrote on her website,, in December 2019.

" I dreamed I was in Alice's wonderland. In the background, I heard music from Peer Gynt...rewritten by my mind as if I were awake! When I woke up, I wrote down the details I could remember."

Esther in Wonderland leaves listeners breathless with its relaxing piano melodies spanning several octaves, on point counter-melodies, and sensational passion. The album was received with fascination when Nicole shared the music with film industry professionals, testing the waters.

"At least 50 people told me it reminded them of Danny Elfman's work, people who never say anything nice at all and one day wrote me and texted me back. In full honesty, I thought most would ghost me and never say anything about the album! Everything is a surprise because I was worried about how well perceived old school classical music would fit into modern film scores and how my new themes on every track would blend with Grieg's old material. The song people are warming up to the most is 'I Dreamed I Was Alice in Wonderland,'" she says.

The film score accompanies her upcoming animated feature film, The Homework's Revenge: Esther in Wonderland and is now available for streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Isabelle Lungley


A quirky, sweet former New York agency model harnessing the power of the Internet into a personal brand as a credible film director and film score composer reads like a Wes Anderson movie plot.

In a career twist impossible before the millennial era, Nicole Russin-McFarland made a name for herself turning online views of her films and her social media presence into recognition for her filmmaking and film music.

With her lifelong goal to be "Peter Jackson and Hans Zimmer rolled into one because they are my favorite businessmen in show business," with every step, Russin-McFarland is closer to her goal working as a studio writer-director and film score composer.

When she was 15, Russin-McFarland started attending red carpet events like the VMAs, pressuring herself to never give up on her dreams because she was meeting and seeing people whose entertainment careers she envied. She left high school in the second month of her sophomore year, opting for distance and in person community college classes to graduate early from high school at 16, and, after transferring, from the University of Texas at 19. She was signed to her first modeling agency in Manhattan at 21, with modeling credits including Pepsi, Redken, and Laura Mercier. During this time period, she began writing for high profile media publications starting with The New York Daily News, where she was the newspaper's youngest freelancer. Her writing with a focus on celebrity interviews and Hollywood has appeared in Variety, Paper Magazine, a former ELLE Spain blog, GQ India, Men's Health, and other magazines.

Russin-McFarland's first animated short film, "Pizza Delivery," was released on Amazon Prime in July 2018. In December, she began publishing her films on Amazon Prime and YouTube simultaneously. The decision proved wise when her second short film, "O Girl of a Dream: A Beauty and the Beast Tale," inspired by poet Carl Sandburg's "A Dream Girl," garnered more notice on YouTube than on a mainstream streaming service.

In 2019, Russin-McFarland continued releasing short films including her first ever live action short filmed in the UK, "The Mystery Dating App," and the animation-live action film, "Martians Take Belfast!" She began studying special effects classes via the Stan Winston School to prepare herself for a future directing studio films.

Russin-McFarland is currently at work spinning the final production gold on her first animated feature films, "The Homework's Revenge: Esther in Wonderland" and "The Eyes of Old Texas," with an intent to release both for web streaming sometime in 2020.

March 13, 2020 4:00am ET by Ring Group London  

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