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February 04, 2013

ASCAP Composers Find Sundance Success

By Yvette Martinez & Etan Rosenbloom

Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe -  Lights. Camera. Music.

With all the good vibes and great music flowing from the Sundance ASCAP Music Café and our Composer-Filmmaker Cocktail Party, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Sundance was hosting a music festival in 2013. But of course, film festivals are geared towards connecting great movies with appreciative audiences and (hopefully) distributors.

ASCAP composers scored a sizable chunk of the Sundance films that won awards and got picked up at this year’s Sundance. Here’s a partial rundown:

A River Changes Course
Composer: David Mendez
Award: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Austenland
Composer: Emma Lee-Moss (PRS)
The Deal: This comedy starring Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, about a resort where everyone behaves as if they’re in a Jane Austen novel, sold to Sony for just over $4 million, with Sony Pictures Classics handling U.S. distribution.



Before Midnight
Composer: Graham Reynolds
The Deal: Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated follow-up to 1995′s Before Sunrise and 2004′s Before Sunset, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, closed a deal with Sony Pictures Classics for the film’s North American and U.K. rights. Financial terms were not released.

Blood Brother
Composers: Danny Bracken, Wytold, Joseph Minadeo
Awards: U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic; Audience Award: U.S. Documentary

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion
Composer: Jason Willis
Award: Short Film Audience Award

Circles
Composer: Mario Schneider (GEMA)
Award: World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award

Concussion
Composers: Micki Kaufman, Tommy Mokas, Barb Morrison
The Deal: This film, about a lesbian housewife (Robin Weigert, from HBO’s Deadwood) who begins to lead a double life after she’s hit in the head with her son’s baseball, sold to RADiUS-TWC for low seven figures.

Cutie and the Boxer
Composer: Yasuaki Shimizu (SACEM)
Award: Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

Don Jon's Addiction
Composer: Nathan Johnson
The Deal: Written, directed, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a porn addicted lothario, the film sold for $4 million to Relativity Media, with a reported $25 million promotional commitment.



Gideon's Army
Composer: Paul Brill
Award: Editing Award: U.S. Documentary

In A World…
Composer: Ryan Miller
Award: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic

Inequality for All
Composer: Marco D'Ambrosio (SIAE)
Award: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking

jOBS
Composer: John Debney
The Deal: The Steve Jobs biopic, which premiered on the final night of Sundance, was picked up by indie distributor Open Road Films. The film is set to hit theaters in April of 2013, the same month that Jobs founded Apple 37 years ago.

Kill Your Darlings
Composer: Nico Muhly
The Deal: This film, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg and examines how a 1944 murder brought together the young college students who would become the voices of the Beat generation, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, reportedly for about $2 million.



The Look of Love
Composers: Antony Genn, Mark Slattery (PRS)
The Deal: This biopic of British adult establishment proprietor and publisher Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) sold to IFC Films for an undisclosed sum.

Lovelace
Composer: Stephen Trask
The Deal: This film, starring Amanda Seyfried as the famous adult film star of the 1972 box-office phenomenon Deep Throat, closed a reported $3 million deal with RADiUS – TWC for its U.S. distribution rights.

Metro Manila
Composer: Robin Foster (SACEM)
Award: Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic

Mother of George
Composer: Phillip Miller (SAMRO)
Award: Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic
The Deal: This film, which stars The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as a Brooklyn-based Nigerian wife willing to do anything to save her new marriage, made a deal with Oscilloscope Laboratories for its North American rights.



Newlyweeds
Composer: Scott Krupnick
The Deal: This dark comedy about a marijuana-dependent couple living in New York closed a deal with Phase 4 Films, which bought the film’s North American distribution rights.

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
Composer: Simon Russell
Award: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit

The Summit
Composer: Nick Seymour (PRS)
Award: Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary

This Is Martin Bonner
Composer: Keegan DeWitt
Award: Audience Award: Best of NEXT

Two Mothers
Composer: Christopher Gordon (APRA)
The Deal: This drama, based on the Doris Lessing novella The Grandmothers about two lifelong friends (Naomi Watts and Robin Wright) who fall in love with each other’s sons, became the first-ever acquisition for Exclusive Releasing, the new distribution division of Exclusive Media.

Until the Quiet Comes
Composer: Flying Lotus
Award: Short Film Special Jury Award



Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)
Composers: Barmak Akram (SACEM), Matthieu Chedid (SACEM), Susheela Raman (SACEM)
Composer: Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic

Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Composer: Leonardo Heiblum
Composer: Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary