Entitled "How to Get Your Songs Into Movies!," the panel will be moderated by actor/musician Michael Des Barres (Power Station, "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," "Mullholland Drive," "Man from Elysian Fields") and will feature BMI's Ross; music supervisor Howard Paar ("Sueño," "D.E.B.S.," "Monster," "Party Monster," "Alias," "Dogtown and Z-Boys"), Bug Music's Sasha Ross; Filmmaker Allison Anders ("Gas Food Lodging," "Border Radio," "Mi vida loca," "Grace Of My Heart," "Things Behind The Sun"); Filmmaker Kurt Voss ("Down and Out with the Dolls," "The Heist," "Sugar Town," "Amnesia," "Where the Day Takes You"); and Natural Energy Lab's Danny Benair.
The second annual Don't Knock the Rock Festival is a historical journey of classic and new rock and roll films that contain quintessential music performances and vintage footage of important artists in their prime. Beyond film programming, the festival is showcasing new musicians through a teenage rock and roll off at Amoeba Records and performances at Hollywood's Knitting Factory; and lectures, a record swap and receptions will be held in cafes, restaurants and clubs around Hollywood. Visit www.dontknocktherock.com for further information.
BMI, founded in 1939, is an American performing rights organization that represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal agreements, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world.