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The Queen’s Gambit

June 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 7:15 pm PDT



Screening Link available upon Registration

YouTube Live Stream Q&A:
Wednesday, June 2, 6:30PM PT

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)  discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The series is directed and written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg, and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. TV-MA | 60min

Carlos Rafael Rivera is an Emmy Award-winning composer, whose career has spanned several genres of the music industry. His collaboration with director Scott Frank includes the score for Netflix’s Godless, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery, and the critically acclaimed The Queen’s Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and produced by Steven Soderbergh, for which Carlos received several awards, including an SCL (Society of Composers & Lyricists) Award for Outstanding Original Score for a Television Production.

As a guitarist, he has performed onstage as the opening act for The Who at the Hollywood Bowl; he composed the music to Universal Pictures’ A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson, recorded studio sessions for Island/Def Jam, and Universal Records; and had songs featured on feature soundtracks (Crash, Dragonfly), as well as Netflix’s Firefly Lane, ABC’s Scrubs, MTV, and VH1. A protégé of Randy Newman, he earned a DMA in Composition at USC’s Thornton School, where he studied with Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke. Carlos loves to share his knowledge by mentoring young composers. 


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 Wednesday, June 2, 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.