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2012 Sundance Composers Lab Draws Top Talent to Utah

Posted in News on September 12, 2012
Creative Advisor Blake Neely works with the Fellows at the 2012 Sundance Composers Lab.
Creative Advisor Blake Neely works with the Fellows at the 2012 Sundance Composers Lab. Photo: Ryan Johnson compliments of Sundance Institute

BMI continued its support of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Composers Lab this year, July 25 through August 8 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Six Fellows were selected to participate in the elite Sundance Composers Lab, which revolved around two weeks of workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of Program Director Peter Golub and Creative Advisors Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Anton Sanko, Blake Neely and George S. Clinton. Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations; music supervisor Evyen Klean of Neophonics; agent Robert Messinger of First Artists Management; cellist Martin Tillman; music editor Adam Smalley; and director Ryan Fleck also served as mentors.

The six composers selected as Fellows for the 2012 Sundance Composers Lab were Mike Raznick, Yotam Silberstein, Jason Staczek, Karen Tanaka, Kubilay Uner, and Philip White.

“Sundance is a place where artists are encouraged to take risks and try new things, stretch outside of their comfort zone and learn from their struggles and mistakes,” says Ringer Ross. “That, coupled with the nurturing guidance of mentors who are the absolute best in the world at what they do, provides a life-changing experience for Fellows. I find it to be an inspiring Mecca of hope for the film business, and I’m thrilled that BMI is involved in this process in such a meaningful way.”