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Sundance Festival to Feature Emerging Talent, Prominent Composers and Icons of Rock in Film and Live Performances

A Celebration of Music and Film By Gregg Schwenk
Park City, UT" The Sundance Institute has, from its inception, recognized the importance of music to independent filmmaking. The Institute is committed to supporting musicians: from its composers labs, to presenting titles which showcase musical artists, to recognizing films that feature renowned composers and original soundtracks.

"Each year Sundance Film Festival renews its commitment to exploring the symbiotic relationship of music and film through distinctive live performances, panel discussions, and innovative multimedia presentations and this year is no exception," said Peter Golub, Director, Sundance Institute Film Program.

The 2009 Festival lineup will feature numerous films showcasing an eclectic cross section of musicians such as When You're Strange, a documentary following The Doors; Afghan Star, which depicts the complex politics and bravery behind the Afghani version of "American Idol;" It Might Get Loud, an exploration of the sound of the electric guitar as it speaks through rockers Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, and The Carter, a larger- than-life documentary following rapper and cultural phenom Lil' Wayne, recently nominated for eight Grammy Awards.

Equally as exciting are the composers whose original music sets the themes and tones of this year's powerful films. Filled with prominent and emerging film composers the Festival includes the works of Michael Bacon (Boy Interrupted), Miriam Cutler (Shouting Fire), Mychael Danna (Pommegranates and Myrrh), Michael Giacchino (Earth Days), David Julyan (Endgame), Alvin Lucier (American Minor), and Clint Mansell (Moon), as well as many others.

Over more than a decade, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has provided stellar music programming to the Festival with its Music Cafe. Sundance Film Festival is excited to announce a new name for this much-celebrated partnership as it unveils the 2009 music line-up for the Sundance ASCAP Music Café presented by Ray-Ban. The 2009 lineup includes Birdmonster, The Gin Blossoms, Lenka, Locksley, Maiysha, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Phil Vasser, Wynonna, and Rachael Yamagata, among other highly anticipated performers.

The Sundance Institutes partnership with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) now over ten years old, continues with the return of the BMI Sundance Snowball. The Snowball will be an eclectic, interactive party involving audience participation in an experimental exercise in image scoring. This year's BMI-produced Composer Director Roundtable discussion will investigate the relationship between music, film and the creative process with leading industry composers, musicians and directors.

Musical highlights at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival:

This popular Festival locale has long been a place to experience dynamic showcases of live performance by emerging and established artists and in depth panel discussions. The venue has changed for 2009 to Lower Main Street in Park City. This year's lineup includes Dave Barnes, Birdmonster, Chad & Jeremy, Tom Freund, Gin Blossoms, Anwan Glover (of The Backyard Band), Rosi Golan, The Guggenheim Grotto, Katie Herzig, Lenka, Locksley, Maiysha, Chris Mann, The People Speak, Landon Pigg, Damien Rice, John Rzeznik (of the Goo Goo Dolls), Angel Taylor, Phil Vassar, Sara Watkins, Dan Wilson, Wynonna, Rachael Yamagata, Youth Speaks, and some very exciting surprise guests.

Open to all Festival credential holders.
January 16"23; every day from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Lower Main Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets, Park City

On Monday, January 19th, ASCAP will host a special, invitation-only Filmmaker & Composer Breakfast, sponsored by Avid Technology,Inc., exclusively for Sundance Film Festival Filmmakers and their film composers - as well as other ASCAP composers who will be in Park City for the Festival. ASCAP will present a roundtable discussion about the composer/filmmaker collaboration with Spring Breakdown director Ryan Shiraki, film composer Debbie Lurie and music supervisor Julia Michels. The comedy will have its World Premiere as part of the Festivals Park City at Midnight program.

A special evening to celebrate music from composers and performers highlighted in this year's films.
Performances by Stew and the cast of Passing Strange, from the film by Spike Lee based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, and The Boxmasters, electric hillbilly rockers with an upbeat and infectious sound that couples sardonically with their dark lyrics.

Open to all Festival credential holders.
Sunday, January 18, 8:00 p.m.
Sundance House

The roundtable discussion is rooted in the process explored at the Sundance Composers Lab, and will focus on the composer/director relationship and the role music (both score and source) plays in film.

Panelists scheduled to speak include composers George S. Clinton (Austin Powers, Sundance Composer Lab Advisor), Clint Mansell (Moon), Chris Lennertz (Adam), Craig Richey (The September Issue), Duncan Sheik (Dare), Lili Haydn (Over The Hills & Far Away), Michael Bacon (Boy Interrupted), Anton Sanko (When Youre Strange & Against the Current), Marco dAmbrosio (We Live In Public), T. Griffin (Children of Invention), Peter Golub (Frozen River, Sundance Composer Lab Director), Rolfe Kent (Sideways, Sundance Composers Lab Advisor), David Poe (Dare) and Ben Decter (We Live In Public).

Directors scheduled to speak include Michel Orion Scott (Over The Hills and Far Away), Duncan Jones (Moon), Max Mayer (Adam), R.J. Cutler (The September Issue), Dana Heinz Perry (Boy Interrupted), Dana Heinz Perry (Boy Interrupted), Ondi Timoner (We Live In Public) and Tze Chun (Children of Invention).
The discussion will be moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI.

Open to all festival credential holders and by special invitation.
Wednesday, January 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Avenue

An inventive interactive musical experience celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Sundance Composer Lab featuring DJ Thomas Golubic and composer/musician Rolfe Kents "Magnificent Howling Audience Score-Shop." The "Score-Shop" will include an experimental exercise with the audience in live-image scoring, a first for the festival. Special guests are expected.

Wednesday, January 21st 6 p.m. to 8:30 pm
Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Avenue

The third edition of the Composers Lab Experiments at New Frontier features a collaboration between musician extraordinaire Gingger Shankar and filmmakers A.J. Lara and Arthur Hyde. In their multimedia performance, Metamorphoses, Gingger Shankar and special guest musicians elegantly score the walls of time and space. These musicians test the boundaries of organic versus electronic music and find where the two meet. While the musicians uniquely create a hybrid, Lara and Hyde sculpt the visual architecture through a fusion of mind and motion. As the participants play with sight and sound, a live journey through life and dreams unfolds.

Wednesday, January 21 at New Frontier on Main

This year's Sundance Film Festival offers another unique gem with its spotlight on local musicians at the Timbers Lounge inside the Park City Marriott. This snug, inviting lounge is the perfect place to escape the crowds, grab a drink between films and warm up by the fire. It is also a wonderful place to experience local artists playing against the pulse and heartbeat of the Sundance Film Festival. The 2009 lineup includes artists Cameron Rafati, Dr. Bob, Gigi Love, Zachary Robert Galanis, Chicago Mike Beck, Christopher Hawley, John Louviere and the Renee Broderick Band.

The Park City Marriott is home to the Sundance Film Festival Headquarters.

2009 Sundance Film Festival Sponsors
The 2009 Sundance Film Festival Sponsors help sustain not only the Festival but also the year-round programs of the non-profit Sundance Institute. Their support is crucial to the Institute's mission of nurturing independent artists, inspiring risk-taking, and encouraging diversity in the arts. This year's Festival Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors - Entertainment Weekly, HP and Honda; Leadership Sponsors - American Express, Delta Air Lines, DIRECTV, Google, Microsoft Corporation and; Sustaining Sponsors - Blockbuster Inc., the National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign, Le Tourment Vert Absinthe Francaise, L'Oréal Paris, The New York Times, Ray-Ban, Sony Electronics, Inc., Stella Artois, Timberland, and Utah Film Commission. Sundance Channel is the Official Television Network of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. 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 ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Maria Full of Grace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Trouble the Water and Central Station.

Sundance Institute
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents the annual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Angels in America, Spring Awakening, Boys Don't Cry and Born into Brothels.

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Gregg Schwenk is a writer, educator, and entrepreneur. He reports on a number of various subjects including: film, art, technology and politics. Mr. Schwenk is an adjunct professor at CSUF's Center for Entertainment and Tourism located in Orange County, California. He is also a consultant and advisor to several entertainment and technology firms. In 2005, Mr. Schwenk was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce, to the District Export Council. He has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at USC.
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