A conversation with composer/musician Snuffy Walden and filmmaker Mark Maxey following Sunday's screening of Up to Snuff The Woodstock Playhouse. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of musician and composer W. G. Snuffy Walden. Filmmaker Mark Maxey brings Snuffy's transformation from hard-core rock 'n roller to award-winning composer to the screen in his documentary Up to Snuff. Hear how this massively influential, nearly unknown talent survived the 60s and 70s to help define the 90s and 00s.
Doreen Ringer Ross is the Vice President of Film, TV & Media Relations and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), where she directs all activities serving composers for screen. She has established key programs for composers, including the Sundance Composers' Lab and the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop. She oversees BMI's film scoring scholarships at USC, UCLA and Berklee College of Music, and has created artist development platforms with the Sundance Film Festival, IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP Filmmakers Conference, Los Angeles Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. Ringer Ross serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, is a member of the Peabody Awards Board, Advisory Board of the American Youth Symphony, Advisory Board for the IFP Filmmaker Labs, and the World Soundtrack Award Board.
Mark Maxey is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director based in Washington, DC. His documentary Up To Snuff explores the life and career of musician/composer W.G. Snuffy Walden, and features Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Lawrence O'Donnel, among others. Maxey's television productions include American Valor, The Honors, Salute to American Heroes, and On Stage at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch. Maxey is the chairman of the Washington West Film Festival and a member of the Producers Guild of America, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Association of Television Program Executives, and the American Film Institute.
W.G. "Snuffy" Walden is an American musician and composer of film and television soundtracks. He has be nominated for 13 primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Main Title Them for The West Wing , and has won more than 50 BMI awards, including BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement. His widely recognized music has been heard on close to one hundred television programs, including The West Wing, thirtysomething, The Wonder Years, Friday Night Lights, Nashville, The Drew Carey Show, Felicity, Norm, Ellen, Rosanne, My So-Called Life, I'll Fly Away, as well as seven feature films and documentaries. Snuffy's ability to combine intricate emotions and musical simplicity has earned him a special place among the ranks of composers, as his work continues to ring with genuine warmth and truth.