BMI Presents Composer/Director Roundtable and Snowball Showcase at Sundance 2015

Posted in News on January 14, 2015

Broadcast Music, Inc. and the Sundance Film Festival will once again partner to present the 17th annual Composer/Director Roundtable and 13th annual Snowball during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Entitled “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” BMI’s Roundtable will take place on Tuesday, January 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Filmmaker Lodge (550 Main Street, 2nd Floor). The informative conversation, which is a cornerstone event at the Festival, will again be moderated by BMI Vice President of Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and will explore the role of music in film. Focusing on the relationship between composer and director, panelists will discuss what goes into creating a successful film score, the ingredients of an effective composer/director relationship, the Sundance Film Festival experience and other relevant topics.

“We are proud to be so closely aligned with the Sundance Institute Film Music Program throughout the year, and we are committed to shining a light on our composers at the Sundance Film Festival because they provide an essential and deeply emotional element of filmmaking that is so subliminal that it often goes unnoticed and uncelebrated,” said Ringer-Ross.

This year’s participants include composer H. Scott Salinas and director Matthew Heineman of Cartel Land; composer Ilan Eshkeri and director Jared Hess of Don Verdean; composer Bryan Senti and director Michael Almereyda of Experimenter; composer Miriam Cutler and director Kirby Dick of The Hunting Ground; composer Peter Golub and director Chloé Zhao of Songs My Brother Taught Me; composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and director Nikole Beckwith of Stockholm, Pennsylvania; composer Mark Orton and director Jim Strouse of People, Places, Things; composer Keegan Dewitt and director Kris Swanberg of Unexpected; composer Dustin O’Halloran and director Prashant Nair of Umrika; composer T. Griffin and directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker of Welcome to Leith; composer Heather McIntosh and director Craig Zobel of Z for Zachariah; and composer H. Scott Salinas and director Mora Stephens of Zipper.

In addition to the Roundtable, BMI’s Snowball – to be held on Wednesday, January 28, at Sundance House Presented by HP (Kimball Arts Center 638 Park Avenue Park City), will feature a diverse lineup of talented BMI singer-songwriters, including iTunes breakthrough pop artist Christina Perri, whose song “A Thousand Years” from the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was certified four times platinum, and the refreshingly sweet sounds of HONEYHONEY, whose twist on roots music has garnered rave reviews from the likes of Paste Magazine and Buzz Bands LA, among others. Also in the mix will be must-see live act Desert Noises, whose signature brand of unbridled, infectious rock has mesmerized audiences at clubs and major festivals throughout the U.S. Surprise artists will also be announced. The Snowball will begin at 8 p.m. and is open to festival credential holders. The legendary showcase has included a phenomenal mixture of buzzworthy and iconic artists in the past, with memorable performances by Donovan, Rodriguez, David Poe, Allen Stone, Terence Blanchard, Keb’ Mo’, Michael Penn, Vanessa Carlton, Minnie Driver, Shelby Lynne, Alison Moorer, Dawes, Los Lobos, Cheap Trick, Devo, Beck, Joan Osborne, Adam Duritz, Death Cab for Cutie, Rosanne Cash, Robert Randolph, Brett Dennen, John Paul White, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Percy Sledge, Den Penn & Spooner Oldham, among others. This year’s edition also promises to be historic.

Both the Composer/Director Roundtable and Snowball exemplify BMI’s focus on nurturing and sustaining relationships with emerging and established composers. Our Film/TV department is proud of its long-standing relationship with Sundance Institute and its Sundance Film Festival to promote the value of music in film. As we continue these efforts, BMI’s innovation in the genre is unparalleled with an impressive roster of Film/TV composers that includes John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Rachel Portman, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Mike Post, Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rolfe Kent and Alexandre Desplat.

Stay tuned for more on Sundance 2015!