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SCL Screening: COCO w/Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Germaine Franco & Michael Giacchino
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: COCOTHE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS
Cordially invites SCL Members and up to three guests
to a screening of the DISNEY / PIXAR film

Followed by a Q&A with




Author & Writer, Variety



Pacific Design Center | Silver Screen Theatre
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069


PARKING: Enter parking structure off Melrose and then enter building from the entrance inside the parking ramp on the First Floor. The theater is located on the Second Floor of the Green Building. There is a Security Console between our Blue and Green lobbies that provides additional assistance to guests.

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RSVPs close 10:00AM Thursday, November 9, or sooner if full.

No changes to your RSVP can be made after that time.


  • Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the event. No entry after the screening begins.
  • Seating is limited. If you are unable to attend, you must cancel your reservation by 10:00AM Thursday. [HOW TO CANCEL]
  • Once capacity is met, you will be placed on a wait list and informed of availability on the day of the event.
  • This invitation is for current SCL members plus up to three guests who will stay for BOTH the screening and Q&A. Seating is first-come, first-served. 
  • Please allow extra time for traffic, security, and check-in.
  • Your guest must be with you at check-in, no saving seats.
  • PG = Parental Guidance recommended for pre-teen attendees.
  • Screenings are overbooked due to no-shows.


Despite his family’s frustrating, generations-old ban on music, young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) is inspired by his idol, the late, great musician Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) - and dreams of nothing else. Following a mysterious and otherworldly chain of events, Miguel meets charming trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal), and, together, they set off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion. PG 1h 49m

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: COCO - Michael Giacchino

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ and  ROBERT LOPEZ are the Oscar® and Grammy®-winning. married songwriting team behind Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Frozen".

Lopez co-conceived and co-wrote the smash-hit musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” both earning him Tony® Awards. Anderson-Lopez’ show “In Transit,” made history as the first all a capella musical to run on Broadway, after earning recognition at the Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortel awards for its 2010 Off-Broadway run. Lopez and Anderson-Lopez have written for television, film and stage, including “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” songs for “The Wonder Pets” (two Emmy® award wins) and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Winnie the Pooh.” Their original musical, “Up Here,” premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2015.

Current projects include the stage adaptation of “Frozen,” opening on Broadway in 2018, and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ follow-up to “Frozen,” slated for November 2019.

Lopez and Anderson-Lopez live in Brooklyn with their two daughters.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: COCO - Germaine Franco

GERMAINE FRANCO is the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, music branch. She composes music and songs that reflect her extensive training as an orchestral musician, her electronic music programming prowess, her multi-instrumental expertise and her love of world music. Franco divides her time working on studio blockbusters and independent features. She has scored and/or written songs for a variety of award-winning and high-profile feature, animation and documentary projects, including “Dope,” directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Open Road Films), which premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals; “Margarita,” directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert (HBO Canada, Telefilm Canada); and most recently “Walk with Me: On the Road with Thich Nhat Hanh,” directed by Max Pugh and Marc Francis, and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, which screened at SXSW 2017 and the 2017 BFI London Film Festival; and “Shovel Buddies,” directed by Si&Ad for Awesomeness Films, which premiered at SXSW 2016. Franco’s opening-title music was featured in the PBS Special “Hispanic Heritage Awards” 2015 and 2016, sponsored by The White House under President Barack Obama. Future work includes scoring Cardona and Colbert’s score to “Keely and Du” (Telefilm Canada).

Franco’s work on the Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” is multifaceted, encompassing more than four years of creative collaboration with filmmakers. Franco wrote several songs with co-director Adrian Molina that can be heard throughout the film. In addition, she arranged, orchestrated and co-produced the signature song “Remember Me,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Franco utilized her music and language skills while serving as music producer, additional composer, arranger and orchestrator in Mexico City where she led more than 50 Mexican musicians from multiple ensembles. She worked with producer Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) to create an authentic Mexican sound for the film, and worked with composer Michael Giacchino as an orchestrator during scoring sessions.

Franco’s work includes composing for immersive reality (4D) and theme park attractions for DreamWorks Animation’s Motiongate. The project featured her music for “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar” attractions. For Motiongate, Franco collaborated with animation directors Gary Trousdale (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Steve Hickner (“Bee Movie,” “The Prince of Egypt”), and producer Karen Foster (“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five”). Additionally, Franco composed music for DWA’s Dreamplace Christmas attractions, which premiered in the U.S. and London.

Franco is a current Women In Film Music Fellow. She was nominated for a Black Reel Award for her work on “Dope,” and is the first female composer to be hired by DreamWorks Animation. She is a Sundance Music Sound Design Fellow and a Board Member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Franco holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Franco began her ascent in the world of film music production by working alongside some of Hollywood’s top film and TV composers as an additional composer, orchestrator, arranger, midi programmer and/or music producer for John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Randy Newman, Gustavo Santaolalla, Jeff Russo and Michael Giacchino. Her credits include more than 30 tent-pole productions, including “Toy Story 3,” “Bolt,” “Mr. 3000,” “How to Train Your Dragon” (1 & 2), “Rio” (1 & 2), “The Lorax,” “Happy Feet” (1 & 2), “Kung Fu Panda” (1,2 & 3), “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “The Italian Job” and “Fargo,” among others.

Franco has performed as a percussionist with several major international orchestras and artists, including the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Hollywood Symphony, the World Orchestra, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Jack Black, Sergio Mendes, Sheila E. and Judith Hill. Franco performed percussion on her recent score to the Kung Fu Panda Unstoppable Awesomeness Attraction, featured in the 2016 Women Who Score Concert at California Plaza, and the “Women Who Score” film directed by Sara Nesson and produced by Naida Albright and Laura Karpman.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: COCO - Michael Giacchino

MICHAEL GIACCHINO has credits on some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World,” “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Giacchino’s 2009 score for Disney•Pixar’s hit “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.

Giacchino began his filmmaking career at age 10 in his backyard in Edgewater Park, N.J., and eventually went on to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard and then at UCLA. From marketing, he became a producer in the fledgling Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to a producing job at the newly formed DreamWorks Interactive Division, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score. Giacchino continued writing for video games and became well known for his “Medal of Honor” scores.

Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series “Alias” and “Lost,” and the feature films “Mission Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8 and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams) and the “Ratatouille” ride in Disneyland Paris. Giacchino also was the musical director of the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Ratatouille” films being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.

Last year, Giacchino’s music could be heard in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” “Star Trek Beyond,” “Doctor Strange” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which was the first Star Wars film score to be composed by someone other than John Williams. Giacchino’s projects for 2017 include “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “The Book of Henry.”

Giacchino serves as the Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.




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