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Empire of Light
December 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm PST
TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS
MODERATED BY JAZZ TANGCAY (Variety)
Wednesday, December 7, 7:00PM PT
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Empire of Light, a film from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Sam Mendes, is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community. Rated R | 117mins
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have had a musical partnership going back to 2008. In 1988, Trent Reznor formed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Nine Inch Nails in Ohio and, over the next 30 years, proceeded to sell over 30 million records worldwide. The band’s studio albums include the multi-Platinum releases Pretty Hate Machine (1989), The Downward Spiral (1994), and The Fragile (1999), which became the first NIN album to reach No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, a feat mirrored by With Teeth (2005). The 1992 EP Broken yielded two GRAMMY® awards and also achieved Platinum status. In 2008, Reznor teamed with Atticus Ross, his now-partner in NIN, and began a prolific career in composing music for film. Their first project, David Fincher’s The Social Network, earned the pair an Oscar® and a Golden Globe®.
Reznor and Ross have continued to compose music for a diverse array of film and television projects, including the acclaimed Watchmen series for HBO, which earned the duo an Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition for a series. Reznor and Ross won numerous awards (including an Oscar, GRAMMY, Golden Globe, and British Academy Film Award) for the score for the 2020 animated Pixar film Soul. Their score for David Fincher’s biopic MANK received nominations for many of the same awards, in the same year. This year, the duo return with two new scores; one for Academy Award®-winning director and writer Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light and the other for Luca Guadagnino’s romantic horror film Bones & All, starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet. These projects are a testament to the fact that their talents are not beholden to any singular genre.
Reznor and Ross were nominated for their work on Watchmen and won an award for their work on Soul at the inaugural SCL Awards.
*** SCREENING + Q&A INFORMATION ***
Check-in begins 6:30PM.
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