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PANEL: Music In Film - sponsored by BMI

MUSIC IN FILM - sponsored by BMI One Giant Leap 2: What About Me? explores complexities of human nature, spirit and the universal language of music. The filmmakers traveled around the world for years collecting spoken word wisdom and musical "jewel." They started with pre-composed backing tracks in a laptop and added layers of music, mixing international stars like Michael Stipe, KD Lang and Stewart Copeland with a diverse array of world music artists that included Bedouin musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies, Tuvan throat singers, Egyptian folk musicians, and Japanese Taiko drummers. Join BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross as she chats with composer/musician Stewart Copeland (drummer for The Police), spiritual musician Krishna Das and filmmaker/recording artist Duncan Bridgeman about their dynamic collaboration on this project.

PANELISTS:

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga's "rock star." With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das - known to friends, family and fans as simply KD - has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time. His album 'Live Ananda' (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.

Duncan Bridgeman has composed and produced music for 30 years. His first break into filmmaking came from Palm Pictures owner Chris Blackwell, making the Grammy nominated cult hit "1 Giant Leap". In 2004, Simon Fuller produced the second 1 Giant Leap, project "What About Me?". Bridgeman followed with the award-winning film "Hecho en Mexico" (2012). He most recently directed "Mystical Journey"(2013) for The Smithsonian Institution, about the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela, with Dominic West ("The Wire, 300, The Affair") as presenter. Bridgeman is currently in production with "The Magic Plant", a documentary about the religion Bwiti in Gabon.

Stewart Copeland has spent more than three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as rock star, acclaimed film composer and documentary filmmaker, while concurrently moving between the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world and chamber music. As the polyrhythmic drumming founder of The Police, Stewart introduced Sting and Andy Summers to the worlds of reggae and punk music, and with Sting's songs and Summers' complex guitar harmonies, the band became an iconic force in rock music from the '80s through the present day. Stewart spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for Francis Ford Coppola on Rumblefish, Oliver Stone on Wall Street and on TV shows like the Equalizer.

MODERATOR:

Doreen Ringer-Ross is Vice President of Film and TV Relations at BMI. She has worked in the music industry for over two decades and currently specializes in outreach to the film and music communities.

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