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Sundance Institute Film Music Program ComposersLab Opens to L.A. Public May 21

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2011 at 6:26AM

The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).
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The Sundance Institute Film Music Program mounts its one-day ComposersLab: LA on May 21. It is open to the public at Los Angeles's Downtown Independent Theatre. The lab will feature film composers George S. Clinton, Edward Shearmur and Christopher Young. In an effort to expand their offerings, the Institute will also host ShortsLabs for aspiring filmmakers in Chicago (May 7),  New York (July 9) and Los Angeles (August 6).

Sundance Institute's exec director Keri Putnam says:

“Sundance Institute has long been committed to enhancing the role of music in film year-round, whether through our Labs, international collaborations or through direct consultations with filmmakers. We are excited to bring our Composers Lab model to LA to give aspiring film composers the chance to learn from experts in the Sundance community in an intense day-long workshop that is open to the public.”

Tickets for ComposerLab: LA are available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. More ticket, program and Sundance info is below:

Sundance Institute Film Music Program Presents: ComposersLab: LA
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Downtown Independent Theatre
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1033
Tickets: $125

The workshop is open to the public, and tickets are available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. Quantities are limited, see Sundance.org.

The full-day program will consist of:
· Presentations by Creative Advisors: George S. Clinton (Tooth Fairy, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery); Ed Shearmur (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, The Merry Gentleman, Charlie's Angels); Christopher Young (The Informers, Spider-Man 3, The Grudge, Runaway Jury) will show examples of their work and discuss choices and strategies.
· An Industry Panel: Including Cheryl Tiano (agent, Gorfain/Schwartz), Seth Kaplan (agent, Evolution Music Partners); Tracy McKnight (Head of Film Music at Lionsgate); and Doreen Ringer Ross (VP Film and TV Music, BMI).
· Open Discussion with a composer/director pair about the creative process
· Cocktail Mixer and Performance: including a live performance by a group of summer Composer Lab alums.
This program is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. With funding provided by the Irvine Foundation, Sundance Institute will award five scholarships to Hamilton High School and Cal State L.A. students to attend ComposersLab:LA.


Established in 1998, the Sundance Institute Film Music Program connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process with the goal of nurturing the development of music in film.  Under the direction of Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Film Music Program, Sundance Institute has held two annual Composers Labs at the Sundance Resort where composers work on their own under the mentorship of leading film composers, and also in collaboration with Fellows from the Institute’s Feature Film and Documentary Programs.
 
ComposersLab: LA will be a condensed version of the Sundance Institute’s annual Composers Labs  to offer more film composers insight into the process of creating music for film. Golub's own recent film scores include Countdown to Zero; Frozen River (nominated for two Academy Awards); The Great Debaters (co-composed with James Newton Howard); Outrage; I.O.U.S.A.; and Wordplay, among many more.
 
“The music in a film is an important part of storytelling, and there are very few opportunities for aspiring film composers to work on their craft without the pressures of production,” said Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Music Program. “ComposersLab: LA will give emerging composers the opportunity to learn from established Sundance Institute alumni and industry representatives in an environment that celebrates and fosters individual voices, while also addressing the realities of film music composition.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.