BMI Music is Hot at Sundance

Posted in News on February 5, 2004
BMI, a proud sponsor and supporter of the Sundance Film Festival for more than 15 years, once again made music in film the hot topic at this year's event. Held in Park City, UT from January 15-25, BMI hosted a number of special events throughout the week including the BMI Songwriters Snowball and the BMI Roundtable entitled "Music & Film, The Creative Process."

Shown at the second annual BMI Songwriters Snowball held during the 2004 Sundance Film Festival are (back row): musician Joan Wasser, BMI's Linda Livingston, Doreen Ringer Ross, Alison Smith, Myles Lewis and Barbara Cane. Front row: BMI's Tracie Verlinde, composer/artist Nathan Larson, artists Nina Persson, Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne, and composer/artist Will Calhoun.

Since songs are the key element for an outstanding and unforgettable soundtrack, the Songwriters Snowball featured acoustic, intimate performances by some of the most stirring singer/songwriters in contemporary music including Grammy winner Shelby Lynne, Academy Award nominee Allison Moorer, composer Nathan Larson with Nina Persson of the Cardigans, and dj/musician/composer Will Calhoun of Living Colour.

Shown at the BMI Roundtable held during the 2004 Sundance Film Festival are (back row): composer David Julyan ("Momento"), composer George S. Clinton, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, composer Rolfe Kent, Sundance Institute/composer Peter Golub, composer Mark de gli Antoni and composer Richard Marvin. Front row: Director Chris Eyre, composer BC Smith, director Jessica Yu, composer Jeff Beal, director Nicole Kassell and composer Nathan Larson. photos: Randall Michaelson

The role of music in independent film and the relationship between composer and director took center stage at the BMI Roundtable. Entitled "Music & Film, The Creative Process," the panel featured BMI's Vice President of Film/TV Music, Doreen Ringer Ross, as the moderator. The impressive list of participants included composers Rolfe Kent ("About Schmidt," "Legally Blonde"), George S. Clinton ("Austin Powers," "The Santa Clause 2"), Nathan Larson ("Boys Don't Cry," "The Woodsman"), Mark de gli Antoni ("Marie & Bruce"); Peter Golub ("The Laramie Project"), Jeff Beal ("Pollack," "In The Realm of the Unreal"), David Julyan ("Memento," "Insomnia") and B.C. Smith ("Smoke Signals," "Edge of America"), as well as filmmakers Jessica Yu ("Breathing Lessons," "In The Realm of the Unreal"), Chris Eyre ("Smoke Signals," "Edge of America") and Nicole Kassell ("The Woodsman").

Through its ongoing support of the Sundance Composers Lab held at the Sundance Institute during the summer and the many events it hosts at the festival and throughout the year, BMI continues to look for new and innovative ways to help enhance the composer and director relationship. Click here for more information on BMI's activities at Sundance.


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