BMI composer Miriam Cutler was the guest of honor on Monday, November 2, at the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) screening of the Radius and CNN Films movie The Hunting Ground, for which she wrote the score. Following the screening, which took place at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Los Angeles, Cutler answered questions about her work with BMI’s Anne Cecere and Reema Iqbal proudly on hand to support the award-winning composer. The Hunting Ground, which is an exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, is one of fifteen films in the Documentary Feature category to advance in the voting process for the 2016 Academy Awards. One hundred twenty-four films were originally submitted in the category. Cutler was also honored with a Hollywood Music & Media Award for Best Score for the film, which is available now on DVD at amazon.
In addition to scoring, Cutler has served as lab advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, as well as on documentary juries for the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute’s Film Festival Awards. Chosen by filmmakers to be a member of the Motion Picture Academy, she has also independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks while co-producing two GRAMMY-nominated live jazz albums on PolyGram/Verve for Joe Williams, as well as albums for Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Marlena Shaw.