VERSED: The ASCAP Podcast / Ep. 7 - Sundance Composers Pt. 2

February 13, 2020

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VERSED is a bi-weekly podcast illuminating the heart and soul of music. Featuring in-depth interviews with songwriters and composers, plus tips and insights to help you navigate your music career. Brought to you by ASCAP, home of the world's greatest music creators.

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At this year's Sundance Film Festival, ASCAP members' music amplified the impact of dozens of official festival selections. In this bonus episode of VERSED, we talk to another talented group of this year’s Sundance composers: Anne Nikitin (Lost Girls, directed by Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus), Dan Romer (Wendy, directed by Benh Zeitlin), Amanda Jones (Baldwin Beauty, directed by Thembi Banks), Alex Weston (Wander Darkly, directed by Tara Miele) as well as Ryan Miller of Guster who has scored several Sundance favorite films over the years (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Fundamentals of Caring). They share their experiences working with directors on their films and how Sundance has benefited their careers.

+ASCAP's 2020 Sundance Composer Spotlight - Get to know the composers behind this year's Sundance selections

+Cue Sheet Corner - everything you need to know about how ASCAP uses cue sheets to get you paid for your film/TV performances

+Apply to the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in LA - record an original cue with a 60+ piece orchestra! Deadline is April 1, 2020.

Sundance Composers  

AMANDA JONES // Sundance Film: Baldwin Beauty

Amanda Jones is a Los Angeles-based film composer whose music credits include the original score for Ava DuVernay’s series Cherish the Day for OWN, Lena Waithe’s series TWENTIES for BET, Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show for HBO, Sujata Day’s forthcoming feature film Definition Please, Kofi Siriboe’s directorial debut Jump, season two of James Bland’s scripted series Giants, produced by Issa Rae, Lisa Kudrow’s Shitty Boyfriends on CW/Refinery 29, Cierra Glaude’s film Spilt Milk for AT&T Hello Lab and the award winning film 1 Angry Black Man from director Menelek Lumumba and executive producer/cinematographer Hans Charles. Additional music department credits include: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Dear White People (TV series), and Oprah’s scripted drama Greenleaf which received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album in 2018.

Website: amandacomposer.com // Soundcloud: @amandajonescomposer // Facebook: @AmandaJonesComposer1 // Instagram: @amandacomposer

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RYAN MILLER of GUSTER

Ryan Miller is the lead singer and guitarist of Guster. Formed in Boston, Guster has released seven notable studio albums over the years and sold over a million albums. Guster’s new album Look Alive debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top Current Album charts, plus a number of additional Top 10 chart debuts including #1 at Billboard’s Current Rock and Independent Albums charts. The band’s latest single "Overexcited" continues to dominate radio with a Top 10 spot at AAA radio since its release. Always continuing to push creatively, the band has shared the stage with the Boston Pops, Dallas, Colorado and most recently Vermont Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work in Guster, Miller also scores films including Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), The Kings of Summer (2013), In a World... (2013), The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) and Mr. Roosevelt (2017).

 
Website: www.guster.com // Facebook: @guster // Instagram: @guster // Twitter: @guster // YouTube: youtube.com/guster

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ANNE NIKITIN // Sundance Film: Lost Girls

Anne Nikitin is an Ivor Novello nominated composer best known for her collaborations with director Bart Layton on his BAFTA-winning film The Imposter and critically acclaimed heist movie American Animals, both which premiered at Sundance.

Recent works include Four Kids and It, a family fantasy movie starring Michael Caine, Russell Brand and Paula Patton to be released Easter 2020; The Pale Horse, an Agatha Christie series for BBC/Amazon starring Rufus Sewell and Kaya Scodelario; Stardust, a movie about David Bowie’s early life starring Johnny Flynn; and Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein, which premiered at Sundance 2019 and was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Anne was named ‘2018 Composer to Watch’ on Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies.

Lost Girls is directed by Academy Award nominee Liz Garbus, starring Amy Ryan, Gabriel Byrne and Dean Winters, and was recorded with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Website: annenikitin.com // Twitter: @annenikitin 

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DAN ROMER // Sundance Film: Wendy

Dan Romer is an award-winning music producer, songwriter and composer based in Los Angeles. Romer's scores include four-time Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild (FOX), Maniac (Netflix), Good Doctor (ABC), Beasts of No Nation (Netflix), Emmy-winning Chasing Coral (Netflix), and the Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story (HBO). In 2018, Romer composed the music for the Ubisoft video game “Far Cry 5.” In addition to his scoring work, Dan produced Grammy-winning single "Say Something," and Shawn Mendes’ worldwide hit “Treat You Better.”

Website: danromer.com // Facebook: @danromermusic // Instagram: @danromer

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ALEX WESTON // Sundance Film: Wander Darkly

Alex Weston is a composer and producer. His film scores have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Venice Biennale, and Slamdance. His music has also been featured on The Affair (Showtime), the Ken Burns-produced documentaryThe Emperor of All Maladies (PBS), and various projects for HBO, NBC, Netflix, and others. He also provided the score for Lulu Wang’s Golden Globes-winning The Farewell, starring Awkwafina, which premiered theatrically in July 2019 via A24. His most recent score, for Tara Miele’s Wander Darkly, will premiere in January 2020 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Alex has had concert works commissioned by the Lyrica Chamber Music Ensemble, ABCIrque, the Utah Wind Symphony, MADArt Creative,Ballet in the City, and other organizations. Alex has also released several albums of original compositions. Musically, Alex’s work tries to encapsulate his wide-ranging influences, combining classical structure, orchestration, and melody, with electronic timbres and instrumentation.

Website: alexwestonmusic.com // Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/aweston // Instagram: @alexjweston

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