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ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop (NYC)
with support from The ASCAP Foundation
Sponsored by Music Sales, MSR Studios, Local 802 AFM, and RMA

Columbia University Film School opens the workshop to its graduate film school students (approx 65) who have the opportunity to submit their films. Four films, approximately 15-30 minutes in length, and the Columbia University Film Festival Trailer are selected. ASCAP curates an online Spotlight of 30 film composers and the 5 filmmakers each hire a composer from this group to score their full film. Alex Steyermark (Columbia Univ faculty; director, One Last Thing, Prey For Rock & Roll; music supervisor for directors Ang Lee, Spike Lee, etc.) guides the filmmakers through the process of finding the right composer, then the filmmaker-composer teams through spotting the film, presentations and critiques of the score-in-progress and preparations for the scoring and mixing sessions. The scoring sessions are at Avatar Studios with 15 players. All the films screen at the annual Columbia University Film Festival. Many go on to "Columbia Selects" industry screenings in NYC and LA and to international film festivals.

Contact: Sue Devine, Senior Director, Film/TV Music, 212-621-6227, sdevine@ascap.com

Click here for information about the 2013 films, composers, directors and festival screenings.

Course Instructor: Alex Steyermark

Alex Steyermark’s feature films, “Prey for Rock & Roll” (2003), “One Last Thing…” (2006), and “Losers Take All” (2013), with casts including Cynthia Nixon, Ethan Hawke, Gina Gershon, Michael Angarano and Wyclef Jean, have been acclaimed at dozens of US and International film festivals from Sundance to Toronto to Tribeca, and are distributed throughout the world. He is a creator, producer and the director of the critically acclaimed web series,THE 78 PROJECT, a documentary and recording journey inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th century. He is also currently directing and producing a Feature-length Documentary Film inspired by the series. Steyermark started his filmmaking career as a documentary cameraman and editor, before segueing to feature film picture and music editing. Prior to directing, Steyermark distinguished himself as a film music supervisor and music producer working with a wide array of recording artists (including David Bowie, Public Enemy, Michael Jackson, Dave Grohl and more) on films by Spike Lee, Ang Lee, Jonathan Demme and Robert Rodriguez, among many others, as well as on the acclaimed rock musical film, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Steyermark is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he is the founder of the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop.