LOS ANGELES - January 8, 2001 - BMI will be focusing on the
Composer/Director relationship at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park
City, UT this month. BMI is sponsoring the music panel at Sundance as well
as participating in the Film Music Dialogue at the Sundance Café.
The relationship between Composer and Director is the focal point in BMI's
sponsorship and involvement at Sundance. Through the Sundance Composers Lab,
BMI has proactively worked throughout the year in creating a dialogue within
both communities regarding creative issues.
On Monday, January 22 BMI is sponsoring the "Film Music and The Creative
Process" panel at 11:30 a.m. at the Prospector, 2200 Sidewinder Drive,
admission is $15. BMI's Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer
Ross is moderating the panel which includes Director Gus Van Sant, Composer
Danny Elfman, Director Tom DiCillo, Composer Jim Farmer and Peter Golub,
Director of the Sundance Composers Lab. Van Sant and Elfman have worked
together on the films "To Die For," "Good Will Hunting" and "Psycho."
DiCillo and Farmer have worked together on "Double Whammy" (premiering at
Sundance) as well as "Living In Oblivion," "The Real Blonde" and "Box of
Moonlight." The panel discussion will delve into topic of what makes a
director/composer collaboration on a film successful, how do some of the
leading directors and composers work together and what is their approach.
How do directors and composers communicate, what concerns influence
decisions about where to put music in a film, what kind of music best suits
On Tuesday, January 23 BMI's Ross is participating in a film music dialogue
at 10 am at the Elk's Lodge, 550 Main Street, at the Sundance Music Café.
Led by Golub, the round-table discussion will include Composer Jeff Danna,
Music Supervisor Dawn Soler, Manager Derek Power and Ross and will focus on
various aspects of film music. This discussion group will serve as an
opportunity for filmmakers to meet and talk with various film music
executives as well as composers, music supervisors, agents and managers.
The Sundance Composer Lab is an annual music and film program presented by
Sundance and co-sponsored by BMI. Six Fellows are chosen through an
application process, with the program encompassing two months with the
chosen Fellows in the Composer Lab matched with Fellows in the Sundance
Filmmakers lab. Together, the chosen filmmakers and composers learn the
mechanics of film scoring from the inside-out, working with professionals in
all aspects of film music (established composers, music editors, music
supervisors, agents, etc...). Past advisors to the lab include Sundance
Founder Robert Redford, Composer Thomas Newman, Van Sant, Elfman, Director
Casi Lemmons and Composer Terence Blanchard.
Sundance has made a compilation CD entitled "Music From The Sundance
Composers Lab" featuring music from the last three Composers Lab. It will be
distributed to all filmmakers at Sundance, as well as at the Music Café
discussion on the 23rd and it is also available by request.
BMI will also host various events during the Sundance Film Festival. If you
are attending Sundance please visit http://www.bmi.com/sundance2001 for
updates. If you would like a copy of "Music Form The Sundance Composers Lab"
and/or would like to be added to our invitation lists please email
BMI, founded in 1940, is an American performing rights organization that
represents more than 250,000 songwriters, composer and music publishers in
all genres of music. Some of the composers it represents include Elfman,
Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Stewart Copeland, Mychael Danna, Blanchard,
Thomas Newman, Rachel Portman and Mark Mancina. Through its music
performance and reciprocal agreements with sister organizations around the
world, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of more than
4.5 million songs and compositions
For more information:
Hanna Bolte, BMI
Park City 1/18-23: 818-378-7497(cell) or 435-649-3210 (condo)