Sundance panelists include prominent composers and directors

By Gregg SchwenkLOS ANGELES –– BMI, the U.S. performing rights organization representing more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, will present its sixth annual Composer/ Director Roundtable during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Entitled “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” the panel will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 11am to 1pm at the Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center (638 Park Avenue). The panel is open to festival badge and ticket holders. Tickets are available at and at Sundance Film Festival ticket offices.The 2006 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 19-28 in Park City, Utah. BMI has been an ongoing supporter of the film music program at the Festival as well as at the Sundance Composers Lab held each summer at the Institute. For more information on BMI events at Sundance as well as on-site coverage of the Festival, please visit

This year’s roundtable will be moderated by BMI’s Vice President of Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross, and will feature composers Aaron Zigman (Alpha Dog), David Kitay (The Darwin Awards), Stewart Copeland (composer/screenwriter/ director Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Rumblefish), Peter Golub (composer/ director Wordplay, Sundance Composers Lab), Mychael Danna (Little Miss SunshineCapote), Craig Richey (Friends With Money), David Julyan (The Descent), Anthony Marinelli (Dreamland) and Terence Blanchard (Mo’ Better Blues, The 25th Hour, Sundance Composers Lab Advisor), and directors Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog), Finn Taylor ( director /screenwriter The Darwin Awards), Patrick Creadon (Wordplay), Neil Marshall ( director /screenwriter The Descent), Jason Matzner (Dreamland), and Haskell Wexler ( director /cinematographer Who Needs Sleep?).The panel will focus on the role music (both score and source) plays in film, the composer/ director relationship, the growing role of documentaries and the art of scoring for that medium, as well as budgets and creative expansion of the form.The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film. Held each January in and around Park City, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Presenting 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films in seven distinct categories, and 80 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most innovative films of the past two decades, including American Splendor, Clerks, Hustle and Flow, Maria Full of Grace, Napoleon Dynamite, sex, lies and videotape, Smoke Signals, and Super Size Me. Beyond the streets of Park City, the official Website of the Sundance Film Festival, shares the Festival experience with a global audience through the streaming of short films, filmmaker interviews, and current news and box office information.Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.