BMI to Present 18th Annual Composer/Director Roundtable at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Snowball showcase ready to rock

Posted in News on January 19, 2016

BMI will once again partner with the Sundance Institute to present the 18th annual “Music & Film: The Creative Process” Composer/Director Roundtable and 14th annual Snowball showcase during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The roundtable will take place on Monday, January 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Samsung Innovation Studio (638 Park Ave., Park City, Utah) with the conversation moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI’s Vice President of Film/TV Relations. “Music & Film: The Creative Process” is a cornerstone event of the festival exploring 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 more.

“We are proud to be so closely aligned with Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program throughout the year,” said Ringer-Ross, “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.”

This year’s panelists include director of Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program Peter Golub, Sundance Institute Film Music Composers Lab advisors George S. Clinton, Miriam Cutler and Blake Neely; composer Kris Bowers and director Heidi Ewing (Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You), composer T. Griffin and director Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), composer Fil Eisler and director Kim A. Snyder (Newtown), composer Walter Werzowa and director Jeff Feuerzeig (Author: The JT LeRoy Story), composer Keegan Dewitt and director Chad Hartigan (Morris from America), composer/director Gingger Shankar (Nari), composer Jongnic Bontemps and director Steven Caple (The Land), composer Mark Suozzo and director Whit Stillman (Love and Friendship), and composer Atli Örvarsson and director Grímur Hákonarson (Rams).

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BMI’s Snowball showcase – to be held Wednesday, January 27, at Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose (475 Swede Alley, Park City, Utah) – will feature a diverse lineup of talented BMI singer-songwriters including headliners Family of the Year, whose international hit “Hero” was used in the film Boyhood; Drew Holcomb, whose Americana indie rock sounds have been featured in countless TV shows; Alexander Jean, the duo whose debut single “Roses and Violets” hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts; and special guest KT Tunstall, the breakout British singer-songwriter who has released five internationally acclaimed albums. The Snowball will begin at 8 p.m. and is open to festival credential holders. BMI has historically showcased a phenomenal mixture of buzzworthy and iconic artists at the festival. Memorable performances have included 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, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Percy Sledge, Den Penn & Spooner Oldham, among others.

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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 to promote their shared 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.

To read more about BMI’s exciting involvement in Sundance 2016, click here.


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