ASCAP Brings Together 2017 Sundance Composers and Filmmakers
By Rachel Perkins, ASCAP Film, TV and Visual Media • February 2, 2017
On Tuesday, January 24th, ASCAP hosted its 2017 Sundance Composer-Filmmaker Reception, an exclusive after-show event at the Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in Park City, Utah. The event was a celebration of ASCAP composers and filmmakers with work at the festival. All filmmakers, ASCAP composers and Music Café performers were welcome to attend.
The record snowfall added much magic to this year’s particularly stellar run for ASCAP composers at the Sundance Film Festival. Mica Levi’s score for Marjorie Prime (winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize) premiered while she simultaneously received an Oscar nomination for her Jackie score.
The Blair Brothers (Will and Brooke) attended this year premiering their score for brother Macon Blair’s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore (winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic award) “ASCAP feels like working with your family; they're such supportive partners in what we do, and Sundance is the best place to celebrate our work together.”
Bear McCreary made his Sundance debut with three films (Unrest, Rebel in the Rye, Colossal). He said, “Attending Sundance in support of three unique films from visionary directors was an experience beyond my wildest dreams. I especially appreciated the support and enthusiasm from my friends at ASCAP, who created a place for musicians from around the world to connect with narrative filmmakers in search of their skills. My week in Park City was one I will never forget, and one I hope to repeat in the future.” Unrest won Sundance’s “U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing” award.
A Ghost Story featured ASCAP composer Daniel Hart’s score and his band Dark Rooms’ song “I Get Overwhelmed.” The film was picked up by A24. Over half the films winning Sundance awards were scored by ASCAP composers and/or featured ASCAP music. Many of the films were acquired and set to release as early as February of this year.
Throughout the year ASCAP champions the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Every year at Sundance they host a brunch to support women composers with films at the festival. This year’s brunch set a record for highest attendance, festival filmmakers and industry supporters pledged to further advocate the hiring and exposure of female composers. ASCAP composers Leah Curtis, Stephanie Economou, Amie Doherty, Carly Paradis, Amritha Vaz, and Katya Mihailova were all in attendance. Leah Curtis (Killing Ground) and Carly Paradis (XX) both premiered their scores at the festival. To get involved with the Alliance for Women Film Composers or for more information, visit http://www.theawfc.com/