Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound unveiled today the independent directors and composers selected for Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab – Documentary. Set for September 15-23 at Skywalker Ranch in California’s Marin County, it’s the second of two music and sound design labs for 2014. Sundance Institute will host 15 residential labs this year, collectively representing 20 weeks of residency support and mentorship. Below are the artists and projects selected for the music and sound design docu lab:
Marc Silver (director) / 3 1/2 Minutes: 3 1⁄2 Minutes dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this tragedy and contradictions within the American criminal justice system.
Mike Day (director) / The Island and the Whales: The pilot whale hunters of the Nordic Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local doctor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten to end the controversial tradition and change the community forever.
Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol (co-directors) / Uncertain: On the shores of a dying lake, neighbors in the once outlaw town of Uncertain, Texas, are haunted by their pasts and battling for their future—a tender, humorous southern gothic tale.
Bill Ross and Turner Ross (co-directors) / Western: Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico are border towns and a harmonious vision of the modern frontier. Cowboys and lawmen share the desert landscape while international business and multicultural bonds flourish across the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends, two men in Eagle Pass face a new reality that threatens their way of life.
Kent Sparling is a San Francisco Bay Area composer and improviser who employs techniques of manipulation and montage on a wide range of natural sounds, traditional instruments and home-made electronics. He’s released seven CDs of experimental music,and created original scores for feature films by Wayne Wang, Eduardo Sanchez, and Frazer Bradshaw. He sound-designed and mixed Lance Hammer’s Ballast, Braden King’s HERE, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves and Ira Sachs’Love is Strange.
Linda Oh is a bassist from Perth, Australia, based in New York City. She performs with Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron and has released three albums to critical acclaim. She received an ASCAP Jazz Composer’s award, 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition and was the 2012 Downbeat Critic’s Poll “Rising Star.”
Ross Garren is a Los Angeles-based pianist, harmonicist, and composer. He received his B.M. from the University of Southern California where he was named Outstanding Graduate in Composition. In addition to an active freelance career, he has released numerous solo records, has written music featured on a number of television shows, and has served on staff at the Musician’s Institute.
Sage Lewis is a Los Angeles-based composer who has frequently been writing music for US productions filmed in foreign countries including India, Cuba, Pakistan, Haiti, Iran, Italy, Indonesia, Peru and Colombia. His scores have been presented by Havana Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Palm Springs, Telluride, and Slamdance. He also composes for the NYC fashion brand Maiyet.