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Sundance Institute, Skywalker Sound announce collaboration to support independent filmmakers, composers

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MUMBAI: Sundance Institute in the US and Skywalker Sound have announced that the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound will take place at Skywalker Ranch in 2013 and 2014 and also announced the artists that will participate in the 2013 Labs. This is the first time the two organisations will collaborate to support independent filmmakers and film composers and marks a significant expansion of the Institute‘s existing Composers Labs to include sound design.

The Institute has hosted its Composers Labs at Sundance Resort for fiction feature films since 1999 and documentaries since 2005, allowing composers and independent filmmakers to collaboratively explore the process of writing music for film. Fellows also participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of leading film composers and film music professionals acting as Creative Advisors.

Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam said, "Hosting the Composers Labs at Skywalker Ranch allows an expansion of the program to include sound design, giving further insight into the powerful ways that sound and music can impact independent films. We are deeply grateful to the Skywalker team for working with us to provide our Fellows with the tremendous benefit of accessing this legendary facility"

Skywalker Sound GM Josh Lowden said, "We‘re very excited to formalise this relationship. Sundance Institute is virtually synonymous with independent film, and Keri and her team have done an amazing job to honor the Institute‘s legacy. 25 years ago Skywalker was founded by a filmmaker for filmmakers, and we have never forgotten our roots. We continue to believe in independent filmmaking, and are thrilled to deepen our relationship with the Institute by hosting these Labs at Skywalker."

The Composers Lab for fiction feature films is a joint initiative of the Institute‘s Film Music Program and Feature Film Program, and the Composers Lab for documentaries is hosted by the Film Music Program and Documentary Film Program and Fund.

Sundance Institute Film Music Programme director Peter Golub said, "Skywalker Sound is a leader in the field of post-production and sound design, and their world-class facilities offer the ideal environment for our Composers Labs. Lab fellows will have access to Skywalker‘s sound designers and mixers for ongoing collaboration, as well as the state-of-the-art facility during their stay."

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