Sundance Institute Film Music Program Presents ComposersLab: LA on May 18

Featured Composers Include Rolfe Kent (Up In The Air), Clint Mansell (Black Swan),
Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Aaron Zigman (The Notebook)

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced that its Film Music program will host ComposersLab: LA, a one-day workshop for film music composers, on Saturday, May 18 at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles (251 S. Main St.). For more information or to purchase tickets ($125 each), visit

Through a series of informative conversations and interactive networking opportunities with renowned composers and industry professionals, ComposersLab: LA will offer film composers insight into the process of creating music for film. ComposersLab: LA is a condensed version of Sundance Institute’s more intensive annual Composers Labs, which connect composers and directors and give them firsthand experience into the collaborative process of developing music for film.

The full-day program, led by Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music program, will consist of:

  • Presentations by Creative Advisors: Rolfe Kent (Up In The Air, Sideways), Clint Mansell (Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream), Thomas Newman (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) and Aaron Zigman (The Notebook, Sex And The City) will show examples of their work and discuss choices and strategies.
  • Industry Panel:  Including Doreen Ringer Ross (VP Film and TV Music, BMI), Carter Armstrong (Senior VP for Music, Warner Brothers Pictures), Robert Messinger (Agent, First Artists) and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (The Twilight Saga, Grey’s Anatomy).
  • Cocktail mixer

ComposersLab: LA is supported by BMI. The Sundance Institute Film Music Program is supported by Time Warner Foundation and the Film Music Foundation.

Sundance Institute Film Music Program
With the goal of nurturing the development of music in film, the Film Music Program connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process. At the Sundance Film Festival, the program raises the profile of music in film through a series of concerts and panels. Year round, whether through international collaborations or through direct consultations with filmmakers, the Film Music Program is committed to enhancing the role of music in film.

Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to unite, inform and inspire, regardless of geo-political, social, religious or cultural differences. Internationally recognized for its annual Sundance Film Festival and its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amreeka, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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