The Sundance Institute has announced that its Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound will take place at the Skywalker Ranch in 2013 and 2014. Also announced are the names of the artists who will participate in the 2013 labs. Full list below.
Since 1999 (for feature films) and 2005 (for documentaries), the labs have allowed composers and indie filmmakers to collaboratively explore the process of writing music for film. This includes workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of leading film composers as mentors. Peter Golub, director of the Sundance Institute Music Program said that Skywalker Sound will provide “world-class facilities offering an ideal environment for the Composer Labs.”
Artists and projects selected for the 2013 Sundance Music
And Sound Design Lab – Documentary (June 3-10) are:
Director: Kirsten Johnson
A Blind Eye (U.S.) — The voice of an American camerawoman
explores the nature of cinematography and what she has failed to see while
filming in Afghanistan through her encounters with two Afghan teenagers.
Najeeb, a one-eyed boy, struggles to hide what really haunts him, while a bold
teenage girl must decide how much she will risk to be visible. A U.S. Military
surveillance blimp in the sky over Kabul tracks their every move.
Director: Judith Ehrlich
Open (U.S.) — The fight for free speech in the 21st century
is being fought in cyberspace, and its most dramatic story may be unfolding in
Iceland. Open follows trailblazing Internet revolutionary Birgitta Jónsdóttir
and three generations of digital “hacktivists” as their stories converge in the
tiny island nation now poised to become the world’s first haven for freedom of
information and transparency online and off.
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence
of a People (U.S.) — A 90-minute documentary film with an innovative companion
transmedia project that explores the ways black communities have used the
medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic and cultural
representations of themselves and their world. This will be the first film to
vividly bring to life the individual photographers, photographic collectives,
and anonymous and celebrated subjects, whose work has transformed the lives of
African Americans through the magic and power of the camera lens.
Director: Mark Grieco
Marmato (Canada/Colombia) — A peaceful gold-mining town in
rural Colombia confronts destruction by a Canadian multinational mining
Kathryn Bostic is a prolific composer, pianist and
singer-songwriter. She is a recipient of several awards and fellowships
including the Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, BMI Conducting
Fellowship and the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. She has written for both
off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Currently her score can be heard in the
Mark Taper production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
Los Angeles-based composer Omar Fadel has carved out a niche
fusing an eclectic palette of musical instruments and styles. He has scored
numerous features films, documentaries and television shows, including Walt
Disney Studios’ first ever Arabic language feature film, The United.
Miles Jay is a composer, contrabassist, and
multi-instrumentalist with many traditional and cross over artists around the
world. Supporting himself as a musician around the Eastern Mediterranean and
North Africa for much of the last decade, Miles has re-imagined the contrabass,
adapting a wide range of melodic ornamentation to his own technique, as well as
having invented and hand-built a new type of contrabass utilizing rawhide for a
soundboard. Miles has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Emirates
Palace Abu Dhabi, TED, and the United Nations.
Todd Reynolds is a long-time New York violinist for Bang on
a Can, Steve Reich, Broadway, and founder of the string quartet known as ETHEL.
His double CD set, Outerborough, rose to “best in classical” on the
Amazon classical charts of 2011. A classical violinist ‘gone horribly wrong’,
his genre-defying and technologically savvy music and performances have been
called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but
hard-edged like Hendrix.”
Artists and projects selected for the 2013 Sundance Music
And Sound Design Lab – Feature Film (July 10-25) are:
Writer/director: Miguel Calderón
Zeus (Mexico) — Sporadically employed and still living with
his mother, Joel finds his only joy in falconry in the flatlands outside Mexico
City, until an encounter with a down-to-earth secretary forces him to face
Writer/director: Meredith Danluck
State Like Sleep (U.S.A.) — Under the surreal cloud cover of
northern Europe, a young American widow reluctantly revisits her past when her
mother is hospitalized in Brussels. While coping with the bleak reality of
parental loss, Katherine explores her deceased husband’s secret life of underground
sex clubs and finds comfort in a relationship with a stranger as equally broken
as she is.
Co-writer/co-director: Ian Hendrie
Co-writer/co-director: Jyson McLean
Mercy Road (U.S.A.) — Based on true events, Mercy Road
traces the spiritual odyssey of a small town housewife and mother, as she
becomes willing to commit violence and murder in the name of God.
Maanokoobiyo (Somalia/U.S.A.) — In war-torn Somalia, an
artistic orphan named Maano joins the mercenary killing squad of a notorious
warlord, only to discover his adoptive father and gang leader is responsible
for wiping out his family.
Writer/director: Pamela Romanowsky
The Adderall Diaries (U.S.A.) — Writer Stephen Elliott
reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen
has fabricated much of the dark childhood that that fuels his work. Adrift in
the precarious grey area of memory, Stephen has to navigate the unstable
terrain of truth and identity, led by two sources of inspiration: a new
romance, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own
story. Based on the memoir by Stephen Elliott.
Co-writer/director: Eva Weber
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (UK/Germany/U.S.A.)
— Twenty-eight-year-old Clarissa discovers on the day of her father’s funeral
that everything she believed about her life was a lie. She flees San Francisco
and travels to the Arctic Circle to uncover the secrets of her mother, who
mysteriously vanished when Clarissa was fourteen. Based on the novel by Vendela
Jongnic Bontemps has had the pleasure to score numerous
films, including award-winning Daughter of Fortune, A Different Tree, Soaring
on Invisible Wings and Saudade. Jongnic’s scores incorporate ethnic instruments
with organic and synthetic textures to create a unique musical world for a
film. This skill has been honed through his music education at Yale University,
Berklee School of Music and the University of Southern California and his
collaborations with some of the top film composers. Jongnic’s scores have been
heard at film festivals around the world including Cannes, The Pan African Film
Festival, American Black Film Festival and Run & Shoot Martha’s Vineyard
Larry Goldings is a Grammy-nominated pianist, organist,
composer, and arranger, whose talents have been sought-after by an impressive
range of artists including James Taylor, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Sia Furler,
Madeleine Peyroux, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, and John Scofield.
Based in Los Angeles, Polish born Lucas Lechowski is a
violinist/guitarist who creates music, experiments with sounds, improvises and
performs. His recent film scoring credits include a 2013 Student Academy Award
winner “Un mundo para Raúl” (dir. Mauro Mueller). Currently he is composing
music for a two-hour NBC News television special commemorating the 50th
anniversary of the death of President Kennedy, entitled “Where Were
Heather McIntosh is a cellist, bassist and composer who got
her musical start playing with the Elephant 6 collective in Athens, Georgia and
continued on to perform with artists such as Gnarls Barkley and Lil Wayne.
Recently relocated to Los Angeles, her film credits include Compliance by Craig
Zobel and The Rambler by Calvin Lee Reeder.
Vladimir Podgoretsky started his professional career as a
musical theater composer. His 2007 ballet Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) was a huge
success and continues to be regularly performed in theaters throughout Moscow.
Vladimir moved to the US to become a film composer and after graduating from
the UCLA film scoring program has been working with leading composers on films
such as Rise of the Guardians, A Single Shot, The Eagle, Season Of the Witch
and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. He has also worked on the acclaimed video
game World of Warcraft and the ABC TV series Revenge.
A resident of Topanga Canyon, California, Mac Quayle has
written music for over 20 films and television shows and accumulated a long
list of credits as a music producer, dance remixer and multi-instrumentalist,
including a Grammy nomination for producing Donna Summer. His music is heard in
films such as the Indian documentary Beyond Grace and the Irish drama A Belfast
Story and some of his collaborations as an additional composer appear in Drive,
Spring Breakers and Only God Forgives.