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BMI Celebrates Music in Film at Sundance 2020

Posted in News on January 28, 2020
Pictured (L-R standing) are participants in BMI’s “Music & Film: The Creative Process” roundtable, which included composer Anthony Willis, director Josephine Decker, composers Fil Eisler and Ed Shearmur, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, directors Rodrigo García and Amanda McBaine, and composers Nathan Barr and Tamar-kali. (Sitting): composer Joe Wong, director David Brucker, composer Ben Lovett, director Andrew Cohn, composer T. Griffin, composer Mark Orton and Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, Peter Golub.
Pictured (L-R standing) are participants in BMI’s “Music & Film: The Creative Process” roundtable, which included composer Anthony Willis, director Josephine Decker, composers Fil Eisler and Ed Shearmur, BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, directors Rodrigo García and Amanda McBaine, and composers Nathan Barr and Tamar-kali. (Sitting): composer Joe Wong, director David Brucker, composer Ben Lovett, director Andrew Cohn, composer T. Griffin, composer Mark Orton and Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, Peter Golub. Photo: John Mazlish for BMI

BMI proudly presented its 22nd annual Composer/Director Roundtable, “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, January 26, at the Kimball Arts Center in Park City, Utah. A curated group of highly esteemed directors and composers spoke on the process of developing film scores and the integral role music plays in setting the tone of a movie. The panel was moderated by BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, who led a spirited conversation on the creative process between the composers and directors. Throughout the event, directors stressed the importance of involving composers throughout the different stages of film production to aid in setting the mood of the narrative. The roundtable wrapped with each panelist giving advice to emerging composers and directors.

As founding supporters of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, BMI has played a critical role in the long-term development of the Institute’s Film Music and Sound Design Lab. Building on that support, BMI continues to present the annual “Music & Film: The Creative Process” Composer/Director roundtable to highlighting the talented composers who have scored for films featured at the prestigious festival.