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Music and sound are an integral part of how documentary filmmakers create a sense of discovery for audiences experiencing their films. In this discussion, Director Thomas Allen Harris (THROUGH A LENS DARKLY, FAMILY PICTURES USA) and Composer Miriam Cutler (RBG, THE HUNTING GROUND) discuss the partnership between composers and filmmakers, how to develop a creative workflow, using music to build the emotional arc of the story and embracing the changes in a project as it continues to evolve. This conversation is moderated by Peter Golub, Director of Film Music at Sundance Institute.

Thomas Allen Harris uses film, video, photography, and performance to explore family and identity in a participatory model of filmmaking that he has been pioneering since 1990. His deeply personal films have received acclaim at international film/art festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, and Melbourne Art Festival; have broadcast on PBS, AfroPOP, Sundance Channel, ARTE, CBC, SBN and NZT; exhibited at MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art's 1995 Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and Qwangju Biennale. more...
Miriam Cutler is a three time Emmy nominated composer, she is passionate about documentaries. Her work includes HBO, CNN, PBS, Sundance, Emmy, and Oscar nominated films: RBG, Love Gilda, Dark Money, The Hunting Ground, Ethel, Lost in La Mancha, Thin, Poster Girl, Vito, Kings Point, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Plastic Ocean, and more. Co-Produced and Scored Dark Money and One Luckey Elephant. Advisor/ Sundance Documentary Composers Lab, doc juror for Sundance FF, Spirit Awards, AFI, and more. AMPAS Documentary Branch member, Film Expert/USC Cinema/US State Department's American Film Showcase. Current TV Academy Music Branch Exec committee member, Long-time former SCL Board Member and Co-Founder of Alliance for Women Film Composers, Co-produced live jazz albums including Joe Williams, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Marlena Shaw. more...

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