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

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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.

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...
Film & TV Composer
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 HARMONQUEST (VRV) and the Dreamworks animated series BOSS BABY: BACK IN BUSINESS (Netflix), as well asFox's THE SIMPSONS and Disney's WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE. Ryan has also composed music for numerous advertising clients (Nike, Toyota, US Bank). more...
Film Director
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...
Film & TV Composer
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...
Co-Founder, Publicist, White Bear PR
Chandler Poling is the co-founder of White Bear PR, a public relations firm specializing in publicity for composers, songwriters, music supervisors, and film and music festivals around the world. Throughout his career, Chandler has run successful Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, BAFTA, and Emmy campaigns, including the history-making campaign for Hildur Guðnadóttir and her work on JOKER and CHERNOBYL. more...
Director, Film Music Program
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...
Manager, Film Music Program
Courtney Rodriguez is Sundance Institute’s Film Music Program Manager where she oversees the development of composers and filmmakers in the independent film community across residency labs, workshops, and the Sundance Film Festival. Courtney has a background leading creative direction for nonprofit organizations, which includes directing an award-winning short documentary series in partnership with Goodwill, Inc. Additionally, she’s led creative strategy and programmatic storytelling for some of the biggest brands in the world including Xbox, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook. more...
Operations Director, Artist Programs
Park City, UT, USA
Eva Rinaldi serves as director of community programs within the department of Impact, Engagement and Advocacy, focusing on regional artist development and audience engagement. Eva has a master’s in community leadership from Westminster College with a focus on advocacy. She represents her community by serving on local boards and is politically active. more...

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