Sundance Institute announces the six participants selected for the 6th Annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs July 22 – August 6 in Sundance, Utah. This year’s Composers Lab Fellows are Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli, Billy Childs, Courtney Von Drehle, Mark De Gli Antoni, Ronit Kirchman, and Christoper Tin. During the two-week lab, fellows participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of leading film composers and film music professionals. The Composer Lab participants also collaborate with filmmakers from the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program to create accompanying scores for scenes shot by the Filmmaker Fellows during the June Filmmakers Lab.

The Composers Lab is a major component of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, which is dedicated to supporting emerging film composers and enhancing the role of music in independent film. Originally running from 1986-1989, the Composers Lab was re-introduced in the summer of 1998 to provide a collaborative and supportive environment where composers could experiment and expand their musical language. The Composers Lab provides valuable first-hand experience in composing for film and enhances the musical understanding of independent filmmakers participating in the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

“We have a very exciting and eclectic group of composers coming from a wide range of styles and backgrounds and selected from hundreds of applicants,” explained Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Music Program. “The composers write and record music, work with the filmmakers, and in general participate in the artistic community at Sundance Institute. There is much ‘cross-pollination’ and an invigorating flow of ideas.”

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