Composers Lab Fellows Get Film Music Advice

Posted in News on September 18, 2005
BMI continues to be a key sponsor of the Sundance Composers Lab, a major component of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, which is dedicated to supporting emerging film composers and enhancing the role of music in independent film. BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film/TV Relations, serves as an advisor to the Lab, held each year in July and August in Sundance, Utah.

Shown at the 2005 Sundance Composers Lab are (l-r): music supervisors Evyen Klena (Angels in America, Real Women Have Curves) and Tracy McKnight (Everyday People, The United States of Leland); Paul Broucek, President, Music, New Line Cinema; BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross; Rob Messinger, Film Music Agent, First Artists; and Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program.

Fellows for the 8th Annual Sundance Composers Lab included Don Byron, Barbara Cohen, Marco d'Ambrosio, Andrea Kapsalis, Ljova (a.k.a. Lev Zhurbin) and Gyan Riley, who participated in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of leading film composers and film music professionals during the two-week lab. The Composers Lab provides valuable first-hand experience in composing for film and enhances the musical understanding of independent filmmakers participating in the program.

Participants of the 2005 Sundance Composers Lab are shown from top to bottom. (Top row): driver Lagan Sebert; FFP Fellow DW Harper; driver Christina Martin; Lab Fellows Gyan Riley, Peter and Ljova; Lab staff member Rebecca Davenport; Lab Fellows Andreas Kapsalis and Marco d'Ambrosio; and Lab Technical Director Scott Johnson. (Bottom row): driver Matthew Benson; Lab Coordinator Matt Anderson; BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross; advisors John Waters and George; FFP Fellow Stew; Lab Fellow Barbara Cohen; FFP Fellows Eva Husson, Ryan Eslinger and Heidi Rodewald; Lab Manager Emma Ruse; and Assistant Lab Manager Rachel Donner.

Photos by Chelsea Ross