BMI Hosts Composer Roundtable at Sundance

BMI presented its annual Composer Roundtable “Music & Film: The Creative Process” at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, January 24, at The Box in Park City, Utah. Panelists included a curated group of gifted composers who spoke about their projects premiering at the Festival, the collaborative dynamic they have with directors, challenges they face when making musical choices to support the narratives, and the integral role music plays in setting the tone of a film. The panel was moderated by renowned Academy, Emmy and GRAMMY award-winning BMI composer and producer Ludwig Göransson.

Throughout the event, panelists Lauren Culjak (Judy Blume Forever), Jordan Dykstra (20 Days in Mariupol), Niki and Zack Hexum (A Still Small Voice), Heather McIntosh (Cat Person) and Ryan Rumery (Food and Country) elaborated on their creative process. The roundtable wrapped with an audience Q&A.

BMI has been a longtime partner of the Sundance Film Festival and continues to highlight talented composers with the annual BMI Composer Roundtable which provides a platform for film music creatives.  
(Top, L-R) BMI composers Ryan Rumery, Niki and Zack Hexum, Ludwig Göransson, Jordan Dykstra, Lauren Culjak, Heather McIntosh, BMI’s Mike Steinberg (Bottom, L-R) BMI’s Tracy McKnight, Reema Iqbal and Morgan Craig pause for a photo before the BMI composer roundtable “Music & Film: The Creative Process” at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 24, 2023. Photo by John Mazlish