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 conversation that includes:     

  • 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


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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.

Peter Golub is the composer of numerous works for film, the concert hall, theatre and dance. His film scores include: FROZEN RIVER (directed by Courtney Hunt and nominated for 2 Academy Awards); THE LARAMIE PROJECT (for HBO); THE GREAT DEBATERS (directed by Denzel Washington and co-composed with James Newton Howard); WORDPLAY; COUNTDOWN TO ZERO; SOUND OF A DREAM; and SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME (dir. by Chloe Zhao). more...
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories, often with Spanish-language content and frequently for PBS. Her features and shorts have shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, New York Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Channel, Al Jazeera, and NHK-Japan. Feature documentary and short film credits include NEW MUSLIM COOL, DAISY AND MAX, PAULINA, MESSAGE TO ZAIRE/THE TALK, HOME FRONT, STREET KNOWLEDGE 2 COLLEGE, VISITING DAY, and REDNECK MUSLIM. more...
Emily Rice is a British born composer for film and TV, who started her musical life as a cellist playing in orchestras and rock bands. She has recorded and conducted her work at Warner Brothers, Capitol Records, and The Wiltern. She scored the Netflix series THE I-LAND and is in increasing demand as a composer for indie films. Emily’s most recent scores include the documentary feature FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, and narrative feature MISS JUNETEENTH which featured in U.S dramatic competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. more...
Emmy nominated and award winning composer and singer/songwriter Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on film, TV and theater. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy. Kathryn is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the prestigious Time Warner-Sundance Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Documentary Film Scoring. more...
Ryan Elder is a television and film composer known for his diverse, eclectic comedy and sci-fi scores. His music for Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has been recognized for the strange and fantastical worlds it helps create. He also co-composes the music for Inside Job (Netflix) and the Dreamworks animated series Boss Baby: Back in Business (Netflix.) He has contributed music to FOX's The Simpsons and co-wrote the theme song for Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. more...
Chandler Poling is the co-founder of White Bear PR, a public relations form specializing in publicity for composers, songwriters, music supervisors, and film & music festivals around the world. Throughout his career, Chandler has run successful Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, BAFTA, and Emmy campaigns, securing nominations and wins for his clients, including the history-making campaign for Hildur Gudandóttir and her scores from Joker and Chernobyl. His clients have been featured in national and international publications such as, Time Magazine Vanity Fair, New York Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, Billboard and Rolling Stone Magazine to name a few. He created the first ever composer-focused panel at Comic-Con San Diego, the world's largest pop culture convention. These panels are now an ongoing tradition - a platform for composers to discuss their craft and meet their fans. more...

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