BMI Presents Film Music Lab, Panel at Annual IFP Market

Posted in News on September 13, 2005
BMI will host two events at this year's 27th annual IFP (Independent Feature Project) Market being held September 19-22 in New York.

The IFP Rough Cut Lab, which takes place before the Market on September 15, is a music mentorship program that is intended to help filmmakers successfully complete their works-in-progress before they enter the marketplace. The lab will be held in the screening room at Dolby's midtown office (1350 6th Avenue). BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film/TV Music, and music supervisor Tracy McKnight (Murderball, The United States of Leland) will lead an educational session on music licensing, while veteran BMI composer/songwriter George S. Clinton (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 3000 Miles to Graceland) will meet with the filmmakers to critique and advise them on the latest cuts of their films from a composer's perspective.

The filmmakers chosen for the Rough Cut Lab are Sam Gold (Blood in the Sand), Pritesh Chheda (For Sale By Owner), Jennifer Chang (Half Life), Eunhee Cho (Inner Circle Line), Kat Candler (Jumping Off Bridges), Bernadine Santistevan (The Cry - La Llorona), Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake) and Chris Chan Lee (Undoing). Participants will have an opportunity to gain priceless insight into music in the filmmaking process from the three industry leaders.

BMI will also present a film music panel on Tuesday, September 20 at the Puck Building Gallery (293 Lafayette Street) from 10:15am-11:45am. Ringer Ross will serve as moderator. Panelists include McKnight, director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Mr. Jealousy), and BMI composers Joseph Vitarelli (Revelations, And Starring Poncho Villa As Himself) and Stewart Copeland (Desperate Housewives, The Amanda Show). The IFP Market film music panel will cover various topics related to the use of music in film, ranging from creative to technical and licensing issues.

The BMI film music panel is open to the public and IFP Market attendees. Tickets are $30 for a single panel or you can purchase package deals at

BMI sponsors many film music panels at film festivals and markets throughout the U.S. each year. These panels are designed to promote greater understanding within the filmmaking community about the aesthetic and business aspects of music in film as well as provide an opportunity for composers, songwriters and filmmakers to learn more about each other's role.

The IFP Market is a week-long showcase held each autumn in New York for new features, works-in-progress, shorts and scripts. It is the only market in the U.S. where independent filmmakers can present new film and television works in development directly to the film industry in a selective and professional atmosphere. For the film industry, it is a vital exhibition and discovery forum for new talent and a place to discover new films before they hit the festival circuit.