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Go behind the scenes to learn from Sundance Advisors in our Conversations from the Labs series. This collection of 90-minute videos will deepen your understanding of all the creative disciplines that are supported through our Labs including Feature Film Directing and Writing, TV Writing, Emerging Media, Documentary, Producing, Film Music, and Theater.

In this video, Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program and Composer Kathryn Bostic discuss how race informs her work as an artist. Using clips from two films she has scored, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM and CLEMENCY, Bostic shares her approach to composing for film and her advice for juggling the many elements of a composer's career. She describes music as "sonic storytelling" and advises new directors to view music as a character in film, an element capable of moving the story forward and helping with pacing. She closes by encouraging all artists to embrace autonomy and to "marinade in your authenticity."

Other conversations in the series include those with editor Dylan Tichenor, actor/director Ed Harris, writer/director Karyn Kusama, writer/director/producer Kasi Lemmons, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, and others.


Composer and singer/songwriter Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on film, TV and live theater. She is a recipient of many fellowships and awards including the inaugural SCL Award for Best Independent Film Score, the prestigious Sundance Time Warner Fellowship , Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, and the BMI Conducting Fellowship. Kathryn was the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers from 2017-2019. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. more...

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