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January 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm PST

Q&A with Composers





Moderated by JON BURLINGAME (Variety)

Screening Link available upon Registration

YouTube Live Stream Q&A :


1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. R | 131min

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are the composer team behind the original score for Mank. Reznor formed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Nine Inch Nails in Ohio in 1988 and, over the next 30 years, proceeded to sell more than 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 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. The score soundtrack was released in three volumes late last year, each coinciding with a major plot point for the show.

Their genre-spanning slate of recent scores includes Disney-Pixar’s Soul, released Christmas Day 2020, and Mank, which reunited Reznor and Ross with director David Fincher. Reznor and Ross previously collaborated with Fincher for the aforementioned The Social Network, the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl. In 2016, they scored Patriots Day, Peter Berg’s film about the Boston Marathon bombing. Acting as music supervisors for the first time, they teamed up with Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai to co-compose the score for Before the Flood, a feature documentary from longtime environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio and actor/filmmaker/Oscar-winning documentary producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove, Racing Extinction). Reznor and Ross collaborated with celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on the 2017 docuseries The Vietnam War. In 2018, they composed the original score for the Netflix film Bird Box, directed by Susanne Bier and starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Trevante Rhodes. The duo also contributed original music to Mid90s, a coming-of-age film set in the 1990s LA skate era, written and directed by Jonah Hill. 

Reznor and Ross were inaugural SCL Awards nominees for their work on Watchmen.

David Fincher directs movies, commercials, and music videos. He hopes that people like them, but if they don’t, it is not for lack of effort.


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

Attendees will be emailed a Screening Link upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Thursday, January 28, 10 minutes before Q&A start.

Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.