BMI Announces Not-to-Be-Missed Events at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Composer/Director Roundtable, “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” and BMI’s Snowball will showcase the best, brightest and most buzzworthy composers and songwriters.

Posted in News on January 7, 2019

BMI is proud to announce its programming for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which will include the 21st edition of the Composer/Director Roundtable “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the Kimball Arts Center, followed by the 17th annual BMI Snowball on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at The Shop. Both the roundtable and Snowball showcase exemplify BMI’s focus on nurturing and sustaining relationships with emerging and established composers and songwriters.

For the past two decades, BMI’s signature roundtable has become a cornerstone event of the Festival, exploring the role of music in film and focusing on the relationship between composer and director. This year’s panelists include Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program Peter Golub; composer Mandy Hoffman and director Minhal Baig (Hala); composer Jon Ekstrand and director May el-Toukhy (Queen of Hearts); composer Blake Neely and director Ryan White (Ask Dr. Ruth); composer Heather McIntosh and director Martha Stephens (To the Stars); and composer Will Bates (The Inventor, The Sound of Silence). As moderator, Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI’s Vice President of Film, TV & Visual Media, will guide the conversation as participants discuss what goes into producing a successful film score and the ingredients of a productive creative relationship.

“Our longstanding partnership with the Sundance Institute Film Music Program underscores our relentless commitment to nurturing the next generation of composers and this panel is just one of the many ways we do that. It gives our composers a platform to discuss their latest works and offers attendees an insider’s look into the creative process that goes into film scoring,” said Ringer-Ross.

In addition to the roundtable, BMI’s music showcase, Snowball, will present an eclectic all-star female roster with a special headlining act to be announced soon. The evening will include performances from S-Curve Records/BMG recording artist Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers), along with the soulful voice of Hailey Knox, also an S-Curve Records/BMG recording artist, and Brooklyn born and bred performing artist Tamar-kali. BMI’s Snowball is known for featuring a phenomenal mixture of buzzworthy and iconic artists at the Festival. Memorable performances have included Rita Wilson, Devo, Death Cab for Cutie, Dawes, John Paul White, Christina Perri, KT Tunstall, Beck, Angela McCluskey, Rosanne Cash, Cheap Trick, Percy Sledge, Donovan, Robert Randolph, Terence Blanchard, and Keb Mo, among others.

Here’s this year’s schedule of must-see events:

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Composer/Director Roundtable “Music & Film: The Creative Process” Kimball Arts Center (1401 Kearns Blvd, Park City). The event is open to Festival credential holders.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 Doors 7:30 p.m.

The BMI Snowball Showcase: The Shop (1167 Woodside Ave, Park City) The event is open to Festival credential holders.


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