Music Theory

Music Theory

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Not only are over 200 films being screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year, along with installations and panels, but a great range of musicians and bands will be performing live as well. Every year the Festival brings together both burgeoning and veteran talents – from directors and screenwriters to artists and music composers. The Festival provides a space for these artists to share their work with audiences, and discuss the work from craft to motivations. The Festival's film music events recognize the crucial role music plays in film by hosting discussion panels and live performances featuring music from this year’s films.

“Music is a key component of filmmaking. While it may go unnoticed, music is crucial in establishing atmosphere, creating a world in which the film is experienced by the audience,” Peter Golub, the Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, says. “The films at Sundance serve as a kind of cross-section of what artists are thinking about; likewise, the music in the films provides a very wide range of music across styles and genres. We’re very excited to be highlighting the interaction of music and film at this year’s Festival.”

A Celebration of Music in Film

2010 marks the 12th Anniversary of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, which sponsors music showcases and roundtables at the Festival as well as labs for film music composers held each summer at Sundance, Utah. This year’s Sundance Film Festival continues this commitment by highlighting the interconnectedness of music and film, with a very special joint acoustic performance by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt – two of the great musical storytellers of our time.

“This year is going to be very special indeed,” says Tracy McKnight, the programmer behind A Celebration of Music in Film. “With the dynamic duo of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt taking the stage together in an acoustic setting, we have two incredible musicians, two master storytellers, two close friends, and one night to remember … and as usual, a few surprise performances that are not to be missed.”

Roundtable Discussion: Music and Film, the Creative Process Produced by BMI

Be sure to attend Music and Film, the Creative Process, which will be the 12th annual composer-director Roundtable Discussion produced by BMI.  What goes into creating a successful film score? What makes for an effective composter/director relationship? These questions among many others will be answered at this inspired discussion.

Panelists Include: Skateland composer Michael Penn and director Anthony Burns; Teenage Paparazzo composer David Torn and director Adrian Grenier; Smash His Camera composer Craig Hazen and director Leon Gast; Family Affair composer Miriam Cutler and director Chico Colvard; Climate Refugees composer Michael Mollura and director Michael Nash; Holy Rollers composer MJ Mynarski and director Kevin Asch; The Kids Are All Rightcomposer Craig Wedren; Countdown to Zero composer and director of the Sundance Composers Lab Peter Golub; Austin Powers composer and Sundance Lab advisor George S. Clinton; and March of the Penguins composer and Sundance Lab advisor Alex Wurman.

Vice President at BMI, Doreen Ringer Ross, will be moderating the discussion, which will be held at the Sundance House Presented by HP on January 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All Festival Credential Holders are welcome, space permitting, so make sure to get there on time!

Live performances of films music scores allow Festivalgoers to engage with their favorite films in a more intimate, live experience. BMI will be hosting both a Roundtable Discussion and Music Showcase allowing for insightful discussion followed by an evening of performances and cocktails. The Music Showcase: BMI Snowball produced by BMI will be held at the Sundance House Presented by HP on January 27 at 6:00 p.m. Also visit the Sundance ASCAP Music Café where live performances will be held for an entire week at the Stanfield Gallery starting January 22 to 29. Each day, performances will start from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are open to all Festival Credential holders as well as general public (21 and over) as space allows. In addition, an art exhibition based on influential musicians and pop art icons will be showcased at the Stanfield Gallery, including works by Steve Kaufman, Peter Max, and many more pop artist icons.

Sundance House Presented by HP
638 Park Ave. (corner of Main St. and Heber Ave.)