Virtual Music in Film Session supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Live Online Learning

It is Sundance Institute’s mission to support and provide a platform for artist voices. It is vital that they are heard. Our original program was set to take place in St. Paul, Minnesota, and while we will now host this day virtually, we will continue to honor creativity, inclusivity, and individual voices through our locally based partners and community-connected artists. 


Sundance Institute's Film Music Program invites filmmakers, composers, musicians, and film enthusiasts everywhere to explore the relationship between film and music, storytellers and composers, and cross-country collaborations.


Join award-winning composer Kathryn Bostic (TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, CLEMENCY), Minnesota composer Ryan Elder and publicist Chandler Poling (RICK AND MORTY), and Sundance Institute Film Music Program artists documentarian Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and composer Emily Rice (FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND) for a day of discussions that include:    

  • Inclusion and diversity in the entertainment industry
  • Collaborating and working remotely during COVID-19
  • Navigating a career in the entertainment industry outside of LA and NY
  • The creative working relationship between various storytellers and composer
  • Exploring the anatomy of a musical cue across comedy, animation, drama, and nonfiction

If you’re interested in networking with fellow creators in an open online environment, stick around for a virtual social starting at 5:00 p.m. (CT)


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If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at 435-776-7900 or email us at to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; requests made within 7 days of the event may not be guaranteed.  


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The session will be recorded for those unable to participate in the live program. Your participation in this Sundance Institute event constitutes your consent to being recorded and photographed by Sundance Institute during the event and to Sundance Institute sharing those recordings and photos (which may include your name, voice and/or likeness) with the world, including promotional uses. 



This program is presented by Sundance Institute and is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit


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This event was originally scheduled to take place in St. Paul, Minnesota, and we thank the Twin Cities–based organizations we collaborated with: FilmNorth, The St. Paul Conservatory of Music, American Composers Forum, and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.