SUNDANCE INSTITUTE Announces Six Fellows For The 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab


The Sundance Institute announced the six musicians selected as Fellows at its 2009 Composers Lab on July 15. The lab runs from July 15 - July 29 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. This year's Composer's Lab Fellows are KIM CARROLL, CHANDA DANCY, MAGDA GIANNIKOU, LILI HAYDN, CHRISTOPHER LORD, and DAVID POE. The selected composers bring an eclectic range of talent to the two-week lab, which focuses on the process of writing music for film with the support and guidance of the industry's leading film composers and film music professionals.

To give the composers first-hand experience, the Lab Fellows also collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. The Composer Lab Fellows will explore the process of writing music for film by creating accompanying scores for scenes shot during the Feature Film Program's Directors Lab, held earlier this summer.

The fellows also work a group of Creative Advisors from the film music industry. This year's Creative Advisors include GEORGE S. CLINTON (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery); OSVALDO GOLIJOV (Tetro, Youth Without Youth); HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Taking of Pelham 123); music supervisor and head of music at Lionsgate TRACY MCKNIGHT (The Groomsmen, Wordplay, Friends with Money); film editor/sound designer WALTER MURCH (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, Cold Mountain); DAVID NEWMAN (Death to Smoochy, Ice Age); DOREEN RINGER ROSS (Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI); ED SHEARMUR (The Merry Gentleman, Charlie's Angels); and film-music agent WILLIAM "VASI" VANGELOS (First Artists).

The Composers Lab is a major component of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, dedicated to supporting emerging film composers and to enhancing the role of music in independent film. First offered from 1986-1989, the Composers Lab was re-introduced in the summer of 1998 to provide a collaborative and supportive environment in which composers experiment and expand their musical language. The Lab Fellows have a wide variety of experiences -- some have never scored a film while others have composed quite a few scores for independent film.

"BMI is proud to have been a part of the Sundance Composers Lab since its inception," said Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations. "The work that occurs during the lab is a unique artist development forum for film music. It's a vital program to the film music community."

"During their time at the lab, we create a place where the composers can focus on stretching their unique musical voice," said Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Music Program. "By pairing composers with filmmakers, we initiate dialogue and explore the important role music plays in storytelling. We are thrilled that this year's fellows bring diversity of backgrounds and of genres, and their time at the Lab will certainly be a time of exploration and growth."

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