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BMI Hosts Music Panel at Woodstock Film Fest

Posted in News on November 17, 2005
BMI hosted a "Music for Film" panel at the 2005 Woodstock Film Festival, held recently in the Catskills in Upstate New York.

Moderated by BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, who has been instrumental in creating a platform at film festivals for the independent film and creative music communities to interact in a positive and insightful forum, the panel provided a frank discussion about music in film and the ins and outs of film scoring, music supervision and licensing.

"Music for Film" panelists Duncan Sheik, Nic Harcourt and Kevin Bacon, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, and panelist Michael Bacon

Panelists included Nic Harcourt (music director and host of KCRW-FM's "Morning Becomes Eclectic"/music supervisor: The Dukes of Hazzard), Michael Bacon (composer: Loverboy, Losing Chase, Brother in Arms), Kevin Bacon (director: Loverboy, Losing Chase/actor: The Woodsman, Mystic River, Apollo 13), and Duncan Sheik (composer: Through the Fire, A Home at the End of the World/Atlantic Records artist: Humming, Daylight).

Guitar virtuoso and film composer David Torn, composer and Blondie co-founding guitarist Chris Stein, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, original Woodstock Festival creator Michael Lang, composer and Lovin' Spoonful founder John Sebastian, (kneeling) Woodstock Film Festival Director Meira Blaustein and songwriter Duncan Sheik

Sheik also headlined the BMI-sponsored "See It Hear First" music showcase that featured acoustic sets by singer/songwriters Brendan James, Jeremy Gregory, Adriano Schiavo and Mieka Pauley. BMI also sponsored an industry dinner during the five-day event.

Every Fall, film and music lovers from around the world gather at the Woodstock Film Festival for an exhilarating variety of films, first class concerts, celebrity-led panels, workshops, a closing-night awards ceremony and superlative parties. Participants and visitors find themselves in a friendly, casual setting conducive to creativity, exciting opportunities and a good time. In just a few years, the Festival has established itself as one of the best independent film events in the country.

Composers Anton Sanko and Bradford Reed, BMI's Ringer Ross, and Apple Records' Jonathan Clyde

BMI sponsors many 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. Since 2000, BMI's music presence at the Woodstock Film Festival has consistently helped to forge new filmmaker-music industry relationships, which have proven to be mutually beneficial.

BMI's Linda Livingston, original Woodstock Festival creator Michael Lang, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross, animator Bill Plympton and original Woodstock Festival staffer Lee Blumer

Photos by Ben Caswell