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Creativity and Collaboration: The Composer-Director Relationship with Heather McIntosh and Stephen Cone

  • Film Row Cinema 1104 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

IFP Chicago, in partnership with Columbia College Chicago, presents Creativity and Collaboration: The Composer-Director Relationship, a conversation between composer Heather McIntosh and director Stephen Cone, moderated by Kubilay Uner.

Join Heather and Stephen at 7pm on Tuesday, October 25 for a discussion on the creative and collaborative process between a composer and director that leads to pivotal scoring choices. The composer/director creative partnership and approach is rarely shared with the public. Heather and Stephen have collaborated three times so this is an incredible opportunity to hear insight into their methodology and choices.

Meet Heather, Stephen and Kubilay!

Heather McIntosh started her musical career playing cello with the bands of The Elephant 6 Collective and bass with Gnarls Barkley and Lil Wayne. he was one of four women who made the Academy Awards shortlist of composers for Best Original Score in 2013 for her score to Craig Zobel’s "Compliance," and again in 2015 with Craig’s film, “Z for Zachariah”. She recently scored J. Davis’ film “Manson Family Vacation” and Linas Phillips’ “Rainbow Time” (both produced by the Duplass Brothers). Heather is an alumna of The Sundance Institute Music & Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, a 2014 Sundance Institute Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and a member of the Academy class of 2016. This fall she will embark on her third collaboration with Stephen Cone on his upcoming feature “Princess Cyd.”

Stephen Cone is a Chicago–based filmmaker and educator. His most recent feature film Henry Gamble's Birthday Party was featured in The New York Times "Anatomy of a Scene" series, screened in the prestigious BAMcinemaFest and was the winner of the Silver Q Hugo Award at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival. His prior film The Wise Kids was a New York Times Critics Pick. Cone teaches in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.

Kubilay Uner creates adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for film and other media. He blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds, bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music happens when you shake things up. Credits include “Big Sur”, the Polish Brothers’ “For Lovers Only”, and the Tarkovsky doc “Time Within Time”. He currently directs the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College Chicago.