BMI kicked off its yearly Woodstock Film Festival participation on Friday, October 2, with a private dinner in The Barn at Cucina in Woodstock, New York, in celebration of the festival's Sweet 16. The annual dinner for 50 included filmmakers Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Barbara Kopple and Leon Gast, animator Bill Plympton, photographer Elliott Landy, actress Rose McGowan, composers Stewart Copeland and David Torn and festival founder Meira Blaustein.
The following day, on October 3, BMI’s Vice President of Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, moderated BMI’s signature “Music in Film” panel, which featured the film 1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? and included composer/musicians Stewart Copeland and Krishna Das, and filmmaker/composer Duncan Bridgeman. The lively conversation, which began with Das chanting and playing his harmonium, explored the universal language of music even in the face of cultural madness and differing spiritual ideas.