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The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolTHE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS
Cordially invites SCL Members and one guest
to a screening of the Sony Pictures Classics film

Followed by a Q&A with


Sony Pictures Studios | Jimmy Stewart Theater | Theater #23
4080 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

Enter parking through Overland Entrance off Overland Ave
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. R 1h 46m

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool - J.Ralph

J. RALPH (American born, NY; 1975) is a three-time Academy Award® nominated composer, songwriter & social activist from New York City who focuses on creating awareness and change through music and film. Honored by the Smithsonian Museum for “innovative and unique contributions to American music”, his professional career began as a teenager and was quickly signed to Atlantic Records in one of the biggest deals ever granted to a new recording artist. Since his inaugural release, J. Ralph has written and produced the music for numerous Grammy Award winning artists, symphony orchestras, The United Nations, The President of The United States Barack Obama and more Oscar® winning/nominated documentaries than any other composer in the history of the Academy Awards ®.

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as the "go-to producer of documentary film scores" and by Indiewire as “Perhaps the best documentary composer working today”, J. Ralph is widely considered by many to have had a profound impact on the medium. J. Ralph has helped create some of the most influential documentaries of all time revealing critically important social issues and culturally defining artists.  Over the last nine years, J. Ralph has written and produced the music for eight of the Oscar® winning/nominated films including MAN ON WIRE (2009), THE COVE (2010) HELL AND BACK AGAIN (2012), CHASING ICE (2013), FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (2015) VIRUNGA (2015), RACING EXTINCTION (2016) and JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY (2017). “Like no other American composer before him, J. Ralph has created in very short order a stunningly unique body of philanthropy minded musical works” Said John Troutman, the Head curator of Music for the Smithsonian.

For CHASING ICE, he received his first Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song with “BEFORE MY TIME” performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell. In the history of the Academy Awards®, it was only the 3rd song from a documentary ever to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. For RACING EXTINCTION, he received his second Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song with “MANTA RAY” which he co-wrote and performed with Anohni (AKA Antony and The Johnsons). The film also featured the original song “ONE CANDLE” written and performed J. Ralph & Sia.  For JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY he received his third Oscar® nomination for Best Original Song with “The Empty Chair” which he co-wrote with Sting who also performs the song.  In the history of the Academy Awards®, only 7 songs from documentaries have received an Oscar nomination.  With almost half of those nominations, J. Ralph is the only composer to have multiple songs from documentaries nominated for Best Original Song as well as the only composer to have back to back nominations.

Immediately following his 2013 Oscar® nomination, J. Ralph produced the 2014 Oscar® nominated song "THE MOON SONG" performed by Karen O and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend while accompanying the duo on guitar, from the Academy Award winning film HER directed by Spike Jonze. 

J. Ralph’s most recent work is “EVOLOCEAN”, an Aleatoric, performance piece for orchestra, choir and child exploring species extinction and man-kinds effect on the Ocean. Recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with over 150 players featuring The London Symphony Orchestra, The London Voices Choir and J. Ralph’s 6 month old daughter Theodora Ralph, the Smithsonian declared the work as “transformative” and acquired the piece for their permanent collection along with several other of Mr. Ralph’s works for film.

Additional recent works include the score for FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL and the HBO documentary JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY for which he wrote and produced the Oscar® nominated song “THE EMPTY CHAIR” with legendary artist Sting who performs the song. Previously he wrote and produced the music for the internationally Award winning documentaries MERU, GARNET’S GOLD featuring his original song “UNTIL THE END” performed by Liza Minnelli and Wynton Marsalis and the Oscar® nominated documentary VIRUNGA featuring his original song “WE WILL NOT GO” which he performed with the icons of African music Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita & Fally Ipupa.

J. Ralph’s music encompasses a wide variety of genres and mediums and has been featured in the world’s biggest television events including The Olympics, The World Cup, The Academy Awards®, The Super Bowl, The World Series, The Grammys, The Emmys, The Golden Globes, and The NBA playoffs. “He’s one of the most heard artists on the planet” declared Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue.

J. Ralph is a fellow of Yale University and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is completely self-taught with no formal training. Several of Mr. Ralph’s works have been acquired the Smithsonian Museum Of American History in Washington DC and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City for their permanent collections.


RSVPs close 10:00AM Thursday, December 7, or sooner if full.

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




Attendees must have government-issued photo ID @ Security Gate. Your guest must be with you @ Security Gate or they will not get in.


  • Check-in begins 7:00PM. No entry after the screening begins.
  • If you RSVP you are unable to attend, you must cancel your reservation by 10:00AM Thursday.
  • FREE for current SCL members plus one guest who will stay for BOTH the screening and Q&A.
  • Rated R = Attendees must be 17 or older.

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