Filmmakers Hear Feedback on Rough Cuts

Posted in News on September 22, 2005
BMI Los Angeles's Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film/TV Relations, was in New York recently to host the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Rough Cut Lab held during this year's 27th annual IFP Market. The Lab is an annual music mentorship program that is intended to help emerging filmmakers successfully complete their works-in-progress before they enter the marketplace.

Pictured at the IFP Rough Cut Lab are BMI composer George S. Clinton, music supervisor Tracy McKnight, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, IFP Special Projects Manager Suzanne Unrein and producer Scott McCaulay. photo by Gary Gershoff

Ringer Ross and music supervisor Tracy McKnight (Murderball, The United States of Leland) led an educational session on music licensing, while veteran BMI composer/songwriter George S. Clinton (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, 3000 Miles to Graceland) met with filmmakers to critique and advise them on the latest cuts of their films from a composer's perspective. Film producer Scott McCaulay, who put together the Rough Cut program, was the keynote speaker.

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.