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Navigating the Sundance Film Festival

January 19, 2021 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm PST







TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021, 5:30 – 7:30pm PT

Join Sundance Institute Film Music Director Peter Golub, Sundance programmer Ana Souza, ASCAP’s Loretta Muñoz, and White Bear PR’s Thomas Mikusz as they present tips and directions on how best to make the most of the festival this year. Having an online iteration of Sundance provides a unique opportunity for anyone in any part of the world to experience what it’s all about. Learn what Sundance 2021 has in store for audiences, how to make the most out of the virtual Main Street, and how composers, songwriters, and musicians will be showcased during the event.

Peter Golub is the composer of numerous works for film, the concert hall, theatre, and dance. His film scores include Frozen River (nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The Laramie Project, The Great Debaters, Worldplay,  Countdown to Zero, Sound of a Dream, and Songs My Brothers Taught Me. Recent scores for Broadway include The Country House, The Heiress, and Hedda Gabler. In his early career in the downtown theatre scene, he was Composer-in-Residence for Charles Ludlam’s legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company in Greenwich Village, along with considerable work composing music for the theatre with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival (including numerous productions at the Delacorte in Central Park as well as at the Public downtown) and at La Mama, including work with people like Ethyl Eichelberger, Ellen Stewart, Joseph Chaikin, and others. His musical, Ampigorey, with book, lyrics, and designs by Edward Gorey, was produced at the American Music Theater Festival, as well as at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, culminating in an off-Broadway run at the Perry Street Theatre in NY. Amphigorey was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Musical. His ballet based on Gorey’s The Gilded Bat, choreography by Peter Anastos, was commissioned by Ballet West and performed at the Kennedy Center and throughout the US. Other ballets were commissioned by the Miami City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Recent concert music includes “Ghost Songs” (for voice and piano), “Garden Paths” (for flute, viola, and Harp), “Florestan & Eusebius” (for saxophone quartet), and “A Child of Children and Art” (commissioned by pianist Anthony de Mare as part of a set of original piano pieces in tribute to Stephen Sondheim). He studied composition with Toru Takemitsu and Henry Brant.

Golub directs the Sundance Film Music Program and teaches at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

With an uncanny gift for spotting and nurturing talent, Loretta Muñoz has been in the music business for more than two decades and has a deep, working knowledge of the industry.  As part of ASCAP’s Membership Group and Special Projects, she is a fierce advocate for writers and artists, with a focus on the recruitment of songwriters and repertory, developing and creating new platforms and opportunities for promising and established artists to elevate their creative vision and careers. Loretta established and continues to produce ASCAP’S highly regarded Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. The project has become a cornerstone event, and one of the most popular and respected draws at Sundance. It is a showcase for both emerging and established artists and a place where independent filmmakers can meet and interact with film composers and songwriters, often sparking memorable collaborations. Muñoz has produced similar concert programs at Sundance/London, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others.

Muñoz’s unique background has made her a sought-after speaker and advisor for numerous industry organizations. She is a member of Women in Film, Music Advisory Committee; governor, LA Chapter of the Recording Academy, and a longtime board member of WHYHunger, the organization whose mission is to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. The organization enlists creatives to join the ranks as ambassadors in Artists Against Hunger and Poverty.

Born in Brazil, Ana Souza was partially raised in Amsterdam and now lives in Los Angeles. She works at the Sundance Institute as the Manager of the Programming department and a Programmer on the features team for the festival, focusing on fiction films. She is also the Head Programmer for the Sun Valley Film Festival and an Associate Programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. She programmed shorts and features for the LA Film Festival for several years before becoming Head Programmer of World Fiction for their last edition in 2018, and she was an Associate Programmer of Short Films for AFI FEST for four editions. Her work has ranged from programming to filmmaker/industry relations and event production in festivals including Outfest, the LA Latino International Film Festival, Ambulante California, and NALIP’s Latino Media Fest, among others. She has been a programming fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Industry Academy. She holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MA from the University of Southern California.

Thomas Mikusz founded White Bear PR in 2011, together with his partner Chandler Poling. As a team member of White Bear PR, he ran the history-making campaign for Hildur Gudnadóttir earning her an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammy, Emmy, and more for her work on Jokerand Chernobyl.   He has represented composers at major Film Festivals, such as Berlinale, Festival de Cannes, Sundance, and Tribeca Film Festival. He currently is the US publicist for SoundTrack_Cologne, Hollywood in Vienna, Hollywood Music Workshop, and worked on the Babylon Berlin Premiere. In addition, he spearheads the campaigns and oversees Red Carpet and Guest Management for International Film Festivals in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as for the Ibero-American movie awards, The Premios Platinos. He also produces content, panels, and events, including the “Toni Erdmann Oscar Event”, a “Tribute to Roland Emmerich” and “The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live” concert in Los Angeles. As a moderator, he leads panels at universities, conventions, and major film and music festivals around the world discussing the craft of music for film, television, and video games. 


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 Tuesday, January 19, 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.