BMI Announces Sundance Composer/Director Roundtable and Snowball Concert

Film Music Magazine • January 11, 2011

BMI and the Sundance Film Festival will present the thirteenth annual composer/director roundtable and ninth annual Snowball concert at this year’s festival. The roundtable, entitled “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” will take place on Wednesday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center (638 Park Avenue). This event is open to festival badge holders and tickets will be on sale to the public. The “Snowball” will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 8 p.m. and will feature David Poe, Allen Stone, Lucy Schwartz, Brett Dennen, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

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Focusing on the dialog and relationship between composer and director, “Music & Film: The Creative Process” is a cornerstone discussion at the festival on the role of music in film. Topics to be discussed at the roundtable will include: what goes into creating a successful film score and what makes for an effective composer/director relationship? These questions and others will be answered during this revered festival event.

Panelists scheduled to speak include composer Nathan Barr and director Matthew Chapman – “The Ledge”; composer Jaymee Carpenter and director Joav Potash – “Crime After Crime”; composer George S. Clinton and director George Ratliff – “Salvation Boulevard”; composer Peter Golub and director Kurt Norton – “These Amazing Shadows”; composer iZler and director Andrew Maclean – “On the Ice”; composer Vivek Maddala – “Kaboom”; composer Michael Mollura and director Susan Saladoff – “Hot Coffee”; composer Eric D. Johnson and director Jesse Peretz – “My Idiot Brother”; composer Gingger Shankar and director Maryam Keshavarz – “Circumstance”; composer Alex Wurman and director Jill Sprecher – “The Convincer”; composer Harry Gregson Williams – “Life in a Day”; and composer Dustin O’Halloran and director Drake Doremus – “Like Crazy.”

The discussion will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI.

This year’s roundtable features three alumnae fellows from the Sundance Composers Lab – a program that BMI has been an ongoing supporter of, as well as the program’s Director and four of its advisors. The Sundance Composers Lab is led by composer Peter Golub, the program’s Director. BMI’s Ringer Ross and composers Clinton, Gregson Williams and Wurman are past advisors to the program. The Lab just completed its twelfth program year in July and August 2010, when it was held at Sundance.

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