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BMI Announces Sundance 2022 Programming Featuring Common, Amy Poehler

The two-day panel will feature discussions of how music helped bring the films 'Lucy and Desi' and 'Alice' to life.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announced that it will present two discussions at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Dubbed “Score to Screen,” the two-part panel will center on the role of music in bringing the films Lucy and Desi directed by Amy Poehler and Alice starring Common to life.

The news follows the announcement that ASCAP will again host its long-running Music Café discussion — a four-day event comprising two days of songwriter spotlights and two days of discussion with ASCAP-affiliated composers — at this year’s Sundance. Both performance rights organizations’ events will be held virtually.

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Lucy and Desi is a documentary about the dynamic on-screen and off-screen duo — Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz — who were responsible for one of television’s most adored comedies, I Love Lucy. For that discussion, Poehler will talk about the role of music in amplifying the project with Grammy-nominated composer David Schwartz (Northern Exposure, Arrested Development, Trading Places). The discussion will launch on Jan. 22 alongside the Lucy and Desi Sundance premiere.

Alice is a thriller centered on a young woman who escapes enslavement on a Georgia plantation to discover her reality is not what it seems. Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common will join the film’s composer Patrick Warren (Fifty Shades of Grey, Boogie Nights, True Detective) to dissect elements of the film’s score and to explain the creative process that married music to the film’s unsettling action. It will debut alongside Alice on Jan. 23.

Along with the composers for Alice and Lucy and Desi, Sundance will premiere a number of other films featuring music by composers on BMI’s roster, including Aska Matsumiya (After Yang), Carmen Vandenberg (Bring On The Dancing Horses), Chanda Dancy-Morizawa (Aftershock), Christopher Wong (Maika), Gretchen Jude (Free Chol Soo Lee), Kyle Rodriguez (Work), Marcus Norris (Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.), T. Griffin (2nd Chance) and Tony Morales (La Guerra Civil), among others.

“We’re thrilled to once again partner with the Sundance Film Festival and present two insightful discussions about music in film, with BMI’s Score to Screen,” said Alex Flores, senior vp creative at BMI. “There are many BMI composers who have scored films premiering at this year’s Festival, and we’re honored to provide a platform and continue our commitment in supporting and highlighting their brilliant work.”