May 01, 2014

Workshop Grad Lauren Buchter Scores Student Oscar Finalist

Director Keola Racea (l) with Lauren Buchter, after their film <i>Above the Sea</i> was named a finalist in the Student Academy Awards

Director Keola Racea (l) with Lauren Buchter at the Academy Theater, after their film Above the Sea was named a Student Academy Awards finalist

ASCAP composer Lauren Buchter was hired to score the film Above the Sea by writer/director Keola Racela as part of the 2013 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop. On April 24th, 2014, members of the Academy voted the film a finalist in the 41st Student Academy Awards.

Above the Sea takes place in the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai, and was shot on location. The film has been picked as an Official Selection at many festivals, including Newport Beach Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Los Angeles Pacific Asian Film Festival, Columbia University Film Festival and others.

Scoring Above the Sea has led to other film projects for Buchter. She enthuses: "ASCAP has been more than a performing rights organization for me. It has given my career a push by creating a program that pairs exceptional filmmakers with ASCAP film composers. I'm honored to have participated, and the collaboration between me, the director and the producer was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

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Above the Sea isn't the only film scored by an ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop alumnus to become a 2014 Student Academy Award finalist. ASCAP composer Lucas Lechowski scored the finalist Perfidia for director David Figueroa García, a Columbia Univiersity Film School grad who Lucas met as a direct result of the Workshop.