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SCL Screening: Underground w/Laura Karpman, Jonathan Christiansen & Amirah Vann
Cordially invites SCL Members and one guest
to a screening of WGN America's

Followed by a Q&A with

  Emmy Award winning Composer

Music Supervisor


Music Journalist for Billboard Magazine

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

iPic Theater
10850 Wilshire Blvd
Westwood, CA, 90024

Park behind iPic Theater. Parking in the lot is $3 with validation. 
*** Attendees will receive complimentary popcorn, soft drinks and "UNDERGROUND" T-SHIRTS! ***

Please Click "ATTEND EVENT" Above.


RSVPs close 9am Sunday morning June 12, 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 very limited. If you find you are unable to attend, you must cancel your reservation.
  • 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 one guest 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.
  • All attendees must be twelve (12) years or older.
  • Screenings are overbooked due to no-shows.


Set in a desperate and dangerous time, WGN America’s “Underground” tells the story of revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad who use their ingenuity, power and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. The provocative and compelling series focuses on a group of courageous men and women who band together for the fight of their lives—for their families, their future and their freedom.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Underground - Laura Karpman Laura Karpman  
Four-time Emmy award winning composer Laura Karpman  maintains a vibrant career in film, television, videogame, concert and theater music. Her distinguished credits include the upcoming series UNDERGROUND (where she collaborated with Raphael Saadiq and John Legend) as well as Eleanor Coppola's upcoming feature PARIS CAN WAIT and her work as a composer and producer on the Grammy award winning album, ASK YOUR MAMA. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Karpman collaborated with soprano Jessye Norman and The Roots on ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera on a text by Langston Hughes, which received its sold out premiere at Carnegie Hall in March 2009. Later, its West Coast premiere happened at The Hollywood Bowl and it was revived at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The recent recording of the work won two Grammy awards and garnered an additional nomination.

Laura has created engaging scores for Kasi Lemmons' BLACK NATIVITY, Spielberg's miniseries TAKEN, the Showtime series ODYSSEY 5 and MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION (both Emmy-nominated). She is currently working on an opera for the Glimmerglass Festival for 2016 and has just completed a collaboration with Rebecca Walker for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. 

Laura Karpman has received two GANG awards and an additional nomination for her video game music, which has been performed by orchestras internationally. Furthermore, she has just been awarded a grant from Opera America to develop an opera with NY Times columnist Gail Collins called Balls! based on the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Karpman has served as an advisor for the Sundance Documentary Lab, is the first female composer to teach at USC, and is a new member of the Academy of Motion Pictures.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: An Evening with the Composers of FX - Mychael DannaJonathan Christiansen

Jonathan Christiansen is a music supervisor based in Los Angeles. As an 8-year team member with music supervision firm Hit The Ground Running, he has overseen the music (from both creative & licensing standpoints) on more than 500 hours of primetime network television, and several films. Current projects include Underground (WGN), Gotham (FOX), Silicon Valley (HBO), The Infamous (A&E), and an upcoming film for Netflix.  His position as music supervisor morphs into an array of varying roles, whether it be creative direction, music clearance, advising on-camera performances, managing the licensed music budget, negotiating soundtrack deals, or coordinating music asset delivery.  This position has afforded him the opportunity to work with the likes of 50 Cent and John Legend, whom have served as executive producers on projects he's supervised.  On a daily basis, he works as an intermediary between film & television producers, directors, networks, studios, composers, music editors, record labels, music publishers, management companies, agents, artists and writers.   

He also is Director of A&R at Pusher LLC, a music licensing agency working specifically in the world of motion picture advertising (film trailers).  Pusher’s music has served as the soundtrack to campaigns such as Mad Max, Star Wars, Django Unchained, Call of Duty, The Hunger Games, This Is The End, Inception, and many more.

Additionally, Jonathan is a music producer & DJ, and will be releasing his debut artist project this year.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Underground - Laura Karpman Amirah Vann

An actress and singer-songwriter from Far Rockaway, New York, Amirah Vann began performing at a young age, making her debut as a background dancer at a local talent event featuring comedian, Tracy Morgan. She went on to follow her passion for performing, pursuing undergraduate study in acting at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and attending the NYU Tisch graduate acting program. Soon afterward, she began work with The Continuum Company under the direction of Jim Calder. She traveled with the company to Florence, Italy, performing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hermia), while collaborating as a vocalist with Jonathan Batiste (newest band leader for “The Late Show”) to develop original music for the production. She also performed in the company’s production of “Pericles,” directed by Mark Wing Davey.

Upon graduation, Vann went on to participate in a variety of developmental musical workshops, including “Kingdom,” “Holler If You Hear Me,” “Sweethearts of Swing,” “The Lady Killers Love Story,” and “Cubamor,” which was presented at the 26th annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival. She also participated in the development of several pieces by playwright Dominique Morriseau (“Detroit ’67”). Vann made her Off-Broadway debut in “Laughing Pictures” at the Flea Theatre, and continued her stage career performing off-Broadway and regionally in pieces such as “Trouble In Mind,” “The Mountaintop,” “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike,” “Wax Wings” and “Blueprint.”

Among her accolades, Vann is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Acting, Best Actor by the UJAMAA Black Theater, and The ARTS Musical Theater Award.

Vann began her television career in roles on “Girls" (HBO), “Believe" (NBC) and "Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon). Her film credits include "And So It Goes", "Don’t Worry Baby", "Once More with Feeling" and "Three and a Half Thoughts". She was most recently seen in "Tracers", opposite Taylor Lautner, which premiered in the spring of 2015.

AMIRAH VANN plays 'Ernestine' on the hit WGN Series UNDERGROUND.



THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL)  is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 70-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

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