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Hollywood composers speak on panel at Newport Film Fest April 25
23-Apr-2009 -

From Hairspray to Passion Of The Christ represented.
Leading Hollywood composers will participate in the Newport Beach Film
Festival Film Composers Panel, presented Saturday, April 25.
Participating on the panel will be Marc Shaiman, John Debney, Shawn
Clement and Austin Wintory; moderated by Daily Varity’s Steve Chagollan.

A Tony Award winner for Hairspray, Marc Shaiman also penned songs
for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and the upcoming Catch Me If You
Can. Shaiman earned Academy Award nominations for the scores to
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Patch Adams, The First Wives Club,
The American President and Sleepless in Seattle.
His extensive career also includes collaborations with Bette Midler,
Patti LuPone, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Billy Crystal,
Harry Connick, Jr. and Peter Allen 
Academy Award nominated composer John Debney will be joining
Shaiman on the panel. In addition to his Academy Award nominated
score to The Passion of the Christ, Debney has received several
Emmy awards, a Dove award for The Passion of the Christ, a CUE
award for the score to the videogame Lair and several gold and
platinum selling albums, including The Passion of the Christ and
The Princess Diaries. Debney was the youngest recipient of the
ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for Career Achievement, and has
conducted concerts of his music with orchestras throughout the
United States and Europe.
Last year, Debney set the tone to the dramatic film The Stoning
of Soraya M. (adapted from the New York Times best seller),
which received critical acclaim at the 2008 Toronto International
Film Festival and will be released to select theatres June 26. 
Award-winning film composer Shawn Clement will also be
speaking on the panel. Clement is currently scoring the Large
Format, 3-D, computer-generated animated film Quantum Quest:
A Cassini Space Odyssey, which takes viewers on an atomic solar
safari through the universe. Clement credits include Buffy The
Vampire Slayer and Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu; his dramatic musical
style is evident in such shows as World’s Wildest Police Videos,
American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. A multifaceted
composer whose creative accomplishments have earned him
many ASCAP Film & TV Music Award, Clement’s additional credits
include Last Chance. Queer Eye and video game titles including
Open Season, The Sims 2 and Batman: Vengeance.
Clement just completed recording his original score for
Quantum Quest at Skywalker Sound earlier this month.
Also on the panel is film composer Austin Wintory whose latest
project Knuckle Draggers is featured at the Newport Beach Film
Festival. Wintory also worked on the psychological thriller Grace,
which is currently on the festival circuit after winning the Jury Prize
at France’s prestigious Gerardmer International Fantasy Film
Festival in early February.
Wintory was at Sundance for the premiere of Grace; his film last
year, Captain Abu Raed, won the Audience Award at Sundance
and received critical acclaim for the score.
At 26 years old, Wintory has been BAFTA nominated and last
year was presented with an award for “Best New Film Composer.” 
Film Composers Panel at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
The panel is free and will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00am
(ending at 11:00am), at Fashion Island, Edwards Island 7 Theaters
(999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach CA 92660).

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