BMI Focuses on Composer/Director Relationship at Sundance 2001

Posted in News on January 11, 2001

BMI will be focusing on the Composer/Director relationship at this year’s Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, UT this month. BMI is sponsoring the music panel at Sundance as well as participating in the Film Music Dialogue at the Sundance Caf�. Through the Sundance Composers Lab, BMI has proactively worked throughout the year in creating a dialogue within both communities regarding creative issues.

On Monday, January 22, BMI is sponsoring the “Film Music and The Creative Process” panel at 11:30 a.m. at the Prospector, 2200 Sidewinder Drive, admission is $15. Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI’s Vice President of Film/TV Relations, is moderating the panel which includes Director Gus Van Sant, Composer Danny Elfman, Director Tom DiCillo, Composer Jim Farmer and Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Composers Lab. Van Sant and Elfman have worked together on the films “To Die For,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Psycho.” DiCillo and Farmer have worked together on “Double Whammy” (premiering at Sundance) as well as “Living In Oblivion,” “The Real Blonde” and “Box of Moonlight.” The panel discussion will answer such questions as what makes a director/composer collaboration on a film successful, how do some of the leading directors and composers work together and what is their approach, how do directors and composers communicate, what concerns influence decisions about where to put music in a film, what kind of music best suits a scene.

On Tuesday, January 23, BMI’s Ross is participating in a film music dialogue at 10 am at the Elk’s Lodge, 550 Main Street, at the Sundance Music Caf�. Led by Golub, the round-table discussion will include Composer Jeff Danna, Music Supervisor Dawn Soler, Manager Derek Power and Ross and will focus on various aspects of film music. This discussion group will serve as an opportunity for filmmakers to meet and talk with various film music executives as well as composers, music supervisors, agents and managers.

The Sundance Composer Lab is an annual music and film program presented by Sundance and co-sponsored by BMI. Six Fellows are chosen through an application process, with the program encompassing two months with the chosen Fellows in the Composer Lab matched with Fellows in the Sundance Filmmakers lab. Together, the chosen filmmakers and composers learn the mechanics of film scoring from the inside-out, working with professionals in all aspects of film music (established composers, music editors, music supervisors, agents, etc�). Past advisors to the lab include Sundance Founder Robert Redford, Composer Thomas Newman, Van Sant, Elfman, Director Casi Lemmons and Composer Terence Blanchard.

Sundance has made a compilation CD entitled “Music From The Sundance Composers Lab” featuring music from the last three Composers Labs. It will be distributed to all filmmakers at Sundance, as well as at the Music Caf� discussion on the 23rd. It is also available by request.

BMI will also host various events during the Sundance Film Festival. If you are attending Sundance please visit for updates. If you would like a copy of “Music Form The Sundance Composers Lab” and/or would like to be added to our invitation lists please email