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BMI Hosts Film Music Panel, Showcase at 7th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

Posted in News on October 12, 2006
BMI will host two events at the 7th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, being held Oct. 11-15 in Woodstock, N.Y. BMI's 7th annual Film Music panel will take place on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Utopia Studios; tickets are $12. BMI and WACBIZ will also co-present a "See It Hear First" showcase with World of O.T.I.S. and the Rosewood Thieves on Friday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 p.m. at the Colony Café; tickets are $10. Tickets for both events can be purchased at the Woodstock Playhouse Box Office or at WoodstockFilmFestival.com.

The Film Music panel will feature BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film/TV Relations, as moderator, with panelists including composer David Mansfield (Stephanie Daley, Transamerica, Heaven's Gate), director Hilary Brougher (Stephanie Daley, The Sticky Fingers of Time), composer Anton Sanko (The Last Winter, Party Girl, Saving Face), director Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), and music supervisor Tracy McKnight (The Last Winter, Fierce People, A Dirty Shame). Topics to be covered include score vs. source music, creating and licensing music for soundtracks, the director/composer relationship, the role of the music supervisor, and others geared to exposing the many roles within the world of film music.

BMI's "See It Hear First" showcase will feature the Rosewood Thieves, a New York City rock group whose EP, From The Decker House, was written in the small valley town of Deposit, N.Y. Their songs hark back to the classicality of acts such as the Band and Bob Dylan. The six picturesque songs on the EP are entwined with the stripped-down fundamentals of rock and roll and the sensuality of r&b. Country music's bleeding heart is the final straw that completes the Rosewood Thieves honest-to-goodness presentation. Signed to V2 Records, their music reflects the world around them.

Also performing is World of O.T.I.S., a band that's hard to describe. It's like trying to describe an emotion. It's happy, it's sad, it's carefree, it's raw. It's the whimsical nature of the Flaming Lips, mixed with the melancholy of Coldplay. They convey what they believe: Life isn't always easy, but don't take it too seriously. This past summer, the group played on the weekends in New York's Washington Square Park in Greenwhich Village where they would wheel out an acoustic 64-key piano and a small jazz drum kit. Over the course of three months, the duo sold almost 3000 CDs.

BMI sponsors many film music panels at film festivals 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 roles.