Six composers have been selected as fellows for the Sundance Institute's 2010 Film Composers Lab, a two-week-long workshop where promising composers can hone their skills and learn from industry veterans. The 2010 fellows are Sherri Chung, John Hancock, Mark Orton, Arturo Rodriguez, Kareen Roustom, and Rani Sharom. The Lab will be held at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah, August 11-26.
The fellows will work with a variety of film industry professionals, including composers Tyler Bates ("300," "Watchmen"), George S. Clinton ("Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery") and Blake Neely ("The Pacific," "Brothers and Sisters"), director Kasi Lemmons ("Talk to Me") and music editor Adam Smalley ("The Blind Side," "Where the Wild Things Are").
"The music in a film is an incredibly important part of the storytelling, and there are very few opportunities, without the pressure of production, for composers and directors to learn how to work together,” said Peter Golub, director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. “The Composers Lab gives emerging composers and filmmakers a creative haven to experiment and collaborate on creating a musical score for a film."
Information about the 2010 Fellows (provided by the Sundance Institute):
Chung's credits as a composer include "Let’s Make a Deal," "One Day," "Turning," "How to Protect Yourself from Zombies," and "Insomnia." She is an accomplished pianist and winner of a 2009 BMI Scholarship for Scoring Motion Pictures. She won Best Score at the 2006 New York City Movie Making Madness Competition.
A Salk Lake City resident, Hancock has written for television and radio and also worked as a producer for the last 15 years. Current projects include work with DJ/artist Kaskade, Kurt Bestor, and David Archuleta. He is a founding member of the electronica group, Late Night Alumni, now putting together their third album.
Orton studied at the Peabody Conservatory, served as chief engineer at The Knitting Factory, and has worked with Laurie Anderson, the Kronos Quartet, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, The Lounge Lizards, and others. He was a member of Tin Hat Trio, based in San Francisco. He has served as arranger for Madeline Peyroux and Norah Jones and written dance scores for Pilobolus, Donald Byrd and others. His music is heard in films such as "The Good Girl," "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," and "The Loss of Teardrop Diamond."
Winner of Mexico’s Mozart Medal, Rodriguez is a composer and conductor for film and the concert hall. He has been commissioned to write music for The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, the ProArte Chamber Orchestra, the US Army Field Band, and others. He recently composed the film score for the Mexican production "Cuando las Cosas Suceden."
Born in Syria, Roustom has written for artists ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira. His score to the documentary "Encounter Point" earned him Best Musical Score Award at the 2006 Bend International Film Festival. He also scored "Amreeka" and "Budrus." His concert works have been performed by The Firebird Ensemble, In Flux, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and others. An oud player, he arranged strings for the Shakira and Beyonce duet “Beautiful Liar.”
Sharone scored his first feature, "Common Bonds," which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He has also written TV commercials (Nike, MGD), is a session bass player, and studied at the University of Southern California. He recently scored the feature "Caller ID" and "Eye to Eye," a short that played at the Los Angeles Shorts Festival. His band Stolen Babies has been actively touring and recording.