Created and directed by Justin Melillo as his graduation thesis film at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Kiburi tels the story of a determined lion cub separated from his family, who tries to find his way home with the help of an unexpected friend. Produced by Kendall Haney. it was in the official selection of the 2013 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and at the 2013 Animae Caribe Festival in Trinidad and Tobago.

The score features instruments inspired by the story’s location, such as kalimbas, ethnic drums, mallet percussion, and live wood flutes. The solo instruments are supported by warm strings and harp. Light-hearted and warm, the score develops with the main character and ends warmly as the lion cub finally reunites with his family.


Score Mixed by
Matt Ward

Mixed at
Momentum RLP Studios, Santa Monica, CA

Score Produced by
Jerome Leroy

Mastered by
Patricia Sullivan, Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood

Album Cover Art by
Justin Melillo