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Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound Announce Composers, Directors for 2017 Music & Sound Design Labs

Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound today announced the composers and directors selected for the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs, which return to the legendary Skywalker Sound Facilities for the fifth year. At the Labs, composers, directors and sound designers will collaborate to develop music and sound for documentary and narrative film projects. Workshops and creative exercises, guided by leading film composers and sound designers acting as Creative Advisors, will mentor Fellows to explore sound and music's crucial role in storytelling. As part of each Lab, a live chamber orchestra will perform each composer/director team's original scores. The Music and Sound Design Lab for narrative feature films (July 7-20) is a joint initiative of the Institute's Film Music Program and Feature Film Program. All of the selected feature film directors are currently working on their features in post-production and have been supported by the Feature Film Program at different stages throughout the development of their film. The Music and Sound Design Lab for documentaries (July 22-30) is a joint initiative of the Film Music Program and Documentary Film Program.

"Music is a fundamental element of storytelling and this year's composers have distinct musical personalities that will capture a filmmaker's vision and help their story come to life," said Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program. "Skywalker Sound continues to serve as an inspiring and creative space for composers, filmmakers and sound designers to come together and we are so grateful to call it home for the fifth year in a row."

"Peter and the Sundance team are like family, we're delighted to have them back again this year for the Labs," said Josh Lowden, VP and General Manager of Skywalker Sound. "What we've tried to cultivate here is a kind of artists' colony, where creatives from different disciplines can escape the day to day grind and come to work together. Our goal is to cultivate new relationships between directors, composers and sound designers and encourage collaboration that starts earlier and goes deeper. We hope that together we can continue to break down barriers and push the boundaries of creative storytelling."

Creative Advisors this year include: composers Christophe Beck, Todd Boekelheide, George S. Clinton, Miriam Cutler, James Newton Howard, Laura Karpman, Thomas Newman, Craig Richey and Harry Gregson-Williams; Skywalker Sound designers Dennis Leonard, Bob Edwards, Pete Horner, Malcolm Fife, Bonnie Wild and David Accord; music editor Adam Smalley; directors Miguel Arteta and Robb Moss; editor Toby Shimin; writer and film historian Jon Burlingame; and Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations at BMI, Doreen Ringer-Ross.

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