A Celebration of Music in Film Presents Talent from Twenty Feet from

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced that singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega and Judith Hill and multi-platinum recording artist The Fray will perform at the annual ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ event on January 20, 8:00 p.m. MT, at Sundance House Presented by HP at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The event is hosted by the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, which works year-round to enhance the role of music in independent film.

Singers Love, Clayton, Fischer, Vega and Hill are featured in Twenty Feet from Stardom, in the Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition. The film also shows how the back-up singers’ voices have made major contributions to the artists they work with – including Mick Jagger, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Botti – and illuminates the art of melding their down distinct voices with lead vocals. Many of us have had no idea who these singers are and what lives they lead – until now.

The Fray, a critically acclaimed, multi-platinum recording artist, has achieved worldwide success with such iconic songs as Never Say Never, How to Save a Life and You Found Me. The Grammy nominated band, made up of Isaac Slade, Joe King, Dave Walsh and Ben Wysocki, has been a mainstay on the charts since 2005.  Their latest album “SCARS AND STORIES” is still garnering attention after last year’s release and they’ve been featured in numerous film and television shows.

Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program and producer of ‘A Celebration of Music in Film,’ said, “The Festival continues to highlight the artistry and originality of music in film, and we are very proud to present these astonishing singers who have had such a major impact in the field at this year’s ‘A Celebration of Music in Film.’”

“We’re thrilled to be showcasing The Fray alongside the incredible talent from the film Twenty Feet from Stardom to pay tribute and put the spotlight on the contributions that music gives to both film and our culture,” said Tracy McKnight, producer and co-host of ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ and Head of Film Music for Lionsgate. “We could not be more excited and honored to give music the center stage on this special night.”

The performance will be open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older) on a space-available basis.  A limited number of spots on the guest list will be given away to guests 21 and older via Twitter @sundancefestnow.

‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ complements additional musical components of the Festival, including daytime performances programmed by ASCAP, three nights (January 18-20) of live musical performances hosted by LA public radio station KCRW and a special performance by cellist Maya Beiser presented by the Sundance Institute Film Music Program (January 21, 9:30 p.m. MT at the Music Café). Additional evening musical performances will take place at the Festival, and BMI will host a roundtable discussion about “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” (January 23, 11:00 a.m. MT at the Sundance House Presented by HP) as well as their annual Music Showcase: BMI Snowball Produced by BMI (January 23, 8:00 p.m. MT at Sundance House Presented by HP). 

Among the Film Music alumni and advisors whose work will be featured at this year’s Festival are: Marco D’Ambrosio (composer, Inequality For All), Mark degli Antoni (composer, God Loves Uganda), Jeff Beal (composer, Blackfish), Miriam Cutler (composer, American Promise),Lili Haydn (composer, Anita) and Jason Staczek (composer, The Roper).

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

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. www.sundance.org/filmmusic

The Sundance Film Festival®
A program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, The Cove, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Precious, Trouble the Water, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival® sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors – HP, Acura, Sundance Channel and Chase Sapphire PreferredSM; Leadership Sponsors – DIRECTV, Entertainment Weekly, FOCUS FORWARD, a partnership between GE and CINELAN, Southwest Airlines, Sprint and YouTube; Sustaining Sponsors – Adobe, Canada Goose, Canon U.S.A., Inc., CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka, FilterForGood®, a partnership between Brita® and Nalgene®, Hilton HHonors and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Intel Corporation, L’Oréal Paris, Recycled Paper Greetings, Stella Artois® and Time Warner Inc. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The support of these organizations will defray costs associated with the 10-day Festival and the nonprofit Sundance Institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists. www.sundance.org/festival

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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