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VIFF AMP 2020 Schedule

AMP Keynote: Terence Blanchard

Oct. 2 at 5:30PM PDT | Online

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Over four decades, Terence Blanchard has been one of the most iconic musical voices in the world. From his start in 1980 as trumpeter with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra to his latest collaboration with Spike Lee (2020’s Da 5 Bloods), Terence Blanchard has been an icon in the worlds of jazz, theatre, film and television. The keynote will be moderated by Variety journalist and editor Jazz Tangcay.

Running Time: 75 mins
Session Participants

Terence is an Oscar nominee, a six-time Grammy-winner, and a 2018 USA Fellow who has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies—past and present. From his work composing the scores for Spike Lee films such as When the Levees Broke, Malcolm X, and Da 5 Bloods, Terence has interwoven melodies that create strong backdrops to human stories. Recently, he composed his second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

AMP Keynote: Terence Blanchard

Jazz Tangcay is the Artisans Editor for Variety where she spends time focusing on the below the lines crafts and spotlighting the artisans who put the magic together. she follows the Oscar race with a passion, looking for the next Best Picture Winner. Jazz Tangcay is a Gold Derbyexpert.

AMP Summit Day 1

Oct. 3 | Online

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Music for Animation: From Concept to Mix

October 3, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Creating music for animation can be a more lengthy process than for live action. This panel will run through the process from program/film concept with an animation development exec to bringing in the studio’s music team to hiring a composer and/or songwriters as well as working with an animation house. The panel will feature professionals in the animation space from Los Angeles & Vancouver.

Session Participants

After graduating from NYU and the Conservatory of Paris with degrees in music composition, Frank Garcia began his career at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, working on such films as Captain Phillips and Wreck-It-Ralph. While at Remote Control, he also score-coordinated two DreamWorks features, Puss in Boots and Turbo.
Frank currently serves as Director of Television Music, overseeing creative production for 25 series as well as music for marketing, franchise, consumer products, and live events. Projects include Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous, Fast and Furious: Spy Racers, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, and Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia Trilogy.

As senior vice president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, Kevin Noel is responsible for helping shepherd all projects through the production pipeline, from development, through pre-production, production, and post. Kevin was one of the first staff members to assist producers on the studio’s first CG feature, Open Season. Working on many films for both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, some of his credits include titles in Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Smurfs series. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema.

Music for Animation: From Concept to Mix

Music making brothers, Caleb and Brian Chan’s unique sensibilities come from a curiosity to explore both traditional and modern sounds, leading them to a diverse blend of projects. As emerging voices in TV and film, their scores for animated and live action series have been featured on Quibi, Netflix, Spinmaster, Hasbro, and Lifetime. They enjoy frequent collaborations with indie and pop artists, appearing on various records as arrangers, performers, and producers. A Juno-nominated recording engineer, working with some of Canada’s premiere orchestras and ensembles, Brian holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University. They are currently based in Vancouver.

Music for Animation: From Concept to Mix

Music making brothers, Caleb and Brian Chan’s unique sensibilities come from a curiosity to explore both traditional and modern sounds, leading them to a diverse blend of projects. As emerging voices in TV and film, their scores for animated and live action series have been featured on Quibi, Netflix, Spinmaster, Hasbro, and Lifetime. They enjoy frequent collaborations with indie and pop artists, having appeared on various records as arrangers, performers, and producers. Having orchestrated and produced nearly 200 songs for animation, Caleb holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Toronto. The brothers are currently based in Vancouver.

Music for Animation: From Concept to Mix

Jess is a music producer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. After years of touring, she established the award-winning custom music house Sound Revolver, with which she has produced and composed hundreds of songs for other artists, as well as for TV series, films, and commercials. Jess is well-versed in writing for animated story-driven content; her songs can currently be heard on Alvin & the Chipmunks, Trolls, Equestria Girls, and Littlest Pet Shop.

Music for Animation: From Concept to Mix

AMP Masterclass: Nora Felder

October 3, 2020, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Music supervisor Nora Felder has cemented herself as one of the most creative music supervisors over the past 10 years with such projects as "Californication," "Ray Donovan" "What We Do In The Shadows" and the iconic "Stranger Things." Her work has earned her great critical acclaim, respect from the entertainment community and even fan recognition. This masterclass will be a one-on-one deep dive, giving a glimpse into Nora’s creative process.

Session Participants

Twice Emmy and Grammy nominated Music Supervisor, Nora Felder’s tenure in music began with booking artist events at a New York City downtown club, from the Cure to INXS. Later working as VP of production for legendary music producer, Phil Ramone, Nora has worked on recording projects with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, Sinead O’Connor, Malcolm McLaren, Cyndi Lauper, and Iggy Pop. Nora transitioned into the world of television by procuring songs and soundtrack albums for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Californication. Previous projects include Stanger Things (Netflix), Better Things (FX), and Ray Donovan (Showtime

AMP Masterclass: Nora Felder

Tony oversees all aspects of music for the Sony Pictures Television programming, including hiring composers and music supervisors and serving as in-house Music Supervisor. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Absentia, The Blacklist, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy!, Patsy & Loretta, Outlander, SWAT, Woke, and The Young & The Restless. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is honored to serve as co-curator with Rob Calder for a second year at VIFF AMP.

The Art of Music Supervision
Music BC: SOUNDOFF
AMP Masterclass: Nora Felder

The Art of Music Supervision

October 3, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Three music supervisors sync a song into a scene from a VIFF 2020 film; their work will be based on a brief from the movie’s creative team. Original in format and geared towards real-time learning, this event is a must for aspiring content creators. Moderated by Tony Scudellari, Senior VP of Television Music at Sony Pictures Television, and featuring Morgan Rhodes, Kaya Pino, and Toko Nagata.

Session Participants

Morgan Rhodes’ career began in radio with a stint at KCRW. For almost the last decade she’s music supervised projects for film and television including Middle of Nowhere, Selma, Queen Sugar, Dear White People,and Self-Made.


The Art of Music Supervision

Kaya is a Toronto-based music supervisor working at The Wilders. Blending a deeply personal understanding of music’s effect on both audience and art form with an ability to create relationships between movement, musicality, rhythm, and sound, she takes an anthropological approach to music supervision. Kaya started her career in advertising, and continues to work in the branding space alongside film and series projects.
The Art of Music Supervision

Tony oversees all aspects of music for the Sony Pictures Television programming, including hiring composers and music supervisors and serving as in-house Music Supervisor. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Absentia, The Blacklist, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy!, Patsy & Loretta, Outlander, SWAT, Woke, and The Young & The Restless. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is honored to serve as co-curator with Rob Calder for a second year at VIFF AMP.

The Art of Music Supervision
Music BC: SOUNDOFF
AMP Masterclass: Nora Felder

Music Supervisor at Format Entertainment, Toko Nagata has quickly grown into one of their foremost accredited young supervisors, named One of the Top 10 Music Supervisors to Watch by Variety Magazine. She started her career working with Christine Bergren Music Consulting, embracing the process of facilitating licensing agreements across film, TV, and advertisements in projects including Sausage Party, Divergent, and Point Break. Previously having worked in the music departments for A Star is Born, Dolemite Is My Name, and Pitch Perfect 3, Toko has gone on to supervise projects such as Always Be My Maybe and Finding Ohana.

The Art of Music Supervision

Ted Stenson is a writer and filmmaker based in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from the MFA Theatre program at the University of Calgary with a degree in playwriting. His plays and short films have been performed and screened at festivals across Canada and the United States. He is currently developing a radio play about an animal plastic surgeon. Events Transpiring Before, During, and After a High School Basketball Game is his first feature film.

Music BC: SOUNDOFF

October 3, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presented by Music BC, SOUNDOFF is a platform for our most promising local musicians with a focus on song placement and sync licensing in film and TV. Local artists perform songs and connect with music supervisors at this expansive yet intimate live gathering.
Individual Tickets - $10

Session Participants

Music Supervisor, owner of Whoopsie Daisy, and current Vice President of The Guild of Music Supervisors, Madonna Wade-Reed currently oversees the CW series All American and Batwoman. Her credits for television include work on such shows as American Crime, Reign, Alias, and Felicity. Her film credits include Lovesick, The Perfect Score, My Boss’s Daughter, and the documentary Let It Fall. A lifelong love of music lead to a career move into music video production (finding the right visuals to match the songs) and eventually flipping the process to work in music supervision (finding the right songs to match the visuals).

Music BC: SOUNDOFF

As a Music Supervisor at Neophonic, Inc., one of the leading Music Supervision companies in Los Angeles, Janet has worked with some of the most respected and exciting filmmakers in the industry including Gillian Flynn, Amy Lippman, Spike Lee, Danny Strong, and Mike White. She’s also maintained and developed relationships within the extended film and TV communities, ranging from major/independent labels and publishers to artists, musicians and songwriters. Recent credits include Avenue 5 (HBO), The Twilight Zone (CBS All-Access), Utopia (Amazon), Motherland:Fort Salem (Freeform), Diary Of A Future President (CBS/Disney+), The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix), and Party of Five (Sony/Freeform).

Music BC: SOUNDOFF

Based in Vancouver, Natasha has, since 2003, supervised hundreds of hours of episodic television, including the series The Terror, The L Word, Continuum, and Unspeakable. She has worked on a host of MOWs, national ad campaigns, feature films, and documentaries, including I Am Johnny Cash, PUNK!, and the 2020 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Boys State. Natasha is also VP of the Canadian Guild of Music Supervisors. Natasha is currently working on the series The Astronauts (Nickelodeon), Family Law (Global), Snowpiercer (TNT), The Order (Netflix), Tiny Pretty Things (Netflix) and the documentary The Magnitude of All Things.

Music BC: SOUNDOFF

Tony oversees all aspects of music for the Sony Pictures Television programming, including hiring composers and music supervisors and serving as in-house Music Supervisor. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Absentia, The Blacklist, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy!, Patsy & Loretta, Outlander, SWAT, Woke, and The Young & The Restless. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is honored to serve as co-curator with Rob Calder for a second year at VIFF AMP.

The Art of Music Supervision
Music BC: SOUNDOFF
AMP Masterclass: Nora Felder

Rob is a VIFF AMP program curator and has been an active part of Canada's creative industries for over 20 years. He is known for building impactful events and growing audiences and community. His strengths lie in his years of experience, his ability to connect people, and his passion for music & culture. In 2010, Rob formed Secret Study to connect brands with musicians and artists in order to create meaningful & memorable cultural engagements. Secret Study has become a go-to full service agency with clients around the globe.
Music BC: SOUNDOFF

AMP Summit Day 2

Oct. 4 | Online

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The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

October 4, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
You’ve created songs you think are great for film, TV, ads, and trailers but how do you get it in front of producers, music supervisors, agencies & trailer houses? One of the best ways is through a sync agent. This discussion will feature 4 of the top sync agents in North America as they talk about their roles, how they interface in the music licensing process with music tastemakers, as well as what artists need to do to make sure their music can get in the picture - and stay there.

Session Participants

The first song Nat Jay ever recorded was placed in an emotional episode of a major ABC TV show. Her debut full-length album received a nomination for Pop Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and she has shared the stage with esteemed songwriters such as Dan Mangan, Matthew Barber, Justin Rutledge, and Angus & Julia Stone. Her more commercial electropop sound on her November 2019 release, The Flash of a Fight, has received several placements on MTV, E! Network, Nickelodeon, and Netflix. Nat is a Sessional Instructor in the Langara College Singer/Songwriter and Digital Music Programs. The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

After years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication and an artist-first attitude. Meant to be a place where writers, artists, and performers not only receive outstanding administrative service but are provided creative service that suits their individual needs, CCS Rights Management prides itself on providing a distinctly hands-on approach, treating each deal as unique as each artist. Over the years Jodie’s artists have received awards and accolades from the Juno, SOCAN, Country Music, Much Music Video, Grammy, and Latin Grammy Awards.

The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

President of SyncStories Music, Cassie Lord is well versed in building music companies that are successful in film & television licensing, including placements such as The Purge, Deadliest Catch, Toy Story 4, and Glow. Her companies have encompassed every aspect of the music production industry, including creating original works, representing composers, publishers, music libraries and independent artists. She is also co-owner of 2nd Mountain Music (focusing on female composers). Cassie is currently on the Board of the Production Music Association (PMA), an organization to promote protect music rights for writers and publisher.

The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

Tarik is a music industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the licensing world. After stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music, and EMI Music Publishing, Tarik formed Dahomey Music Enterprises, a third-party licensing and publishing company that places music in a variety of media, including television, film, trailers, and advertisements. Dahomey Music represents a talented roster of artists, labels, publishers, and distributors.

The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

Founder and Head of Creative at Bank Robber Music (BRM), Lyle Hysen has worked with labels including Merge Records, Mute, and Delmark, placing songs in shows including Shameless, 13 Reasons Why, and Walking Dead. Commercial campaigns include Chipotle, Red Lobster, and Sonos, among other internationally renowned brands. In 2007, Lyle created House of Hassle (HOH), a music publishing company with partners Ken Weinstein and Gandhar Savur. HOH’s roster includes, among others, Future Islands, Zach Schwartz (of Rogue Wave), Built To Spill, Chelsea Wolfe, and The Tallest Man On Earth. Lyle is currently the drummer of The Royal Arctic Institute.

The Sync Stays In The Picture: How To Get Your Music in Visual Media

The Art of Composition

October 4, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
A talk with a VIFF director and composer on the process of collaboration and scoring of a film featured at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. Learn the foundations of creating music for the moment. This session is geared toward real-time learning on what it takes to develop as a composer for the screen.

Session Participants

Adrian is known for his inventive, concept-driven, risk-taking approaches to creating scores. His feature film work includes The Scarehouse, To Hell With Harvey, and Surviving Bokator. Television credits include Secret Nazi Ruins, as well as themes for Daily Planet and Canada’s national morning show, Canada AM. Adrian is the Vice-President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

The Art of Composition

Jesse is an award-winning musician and an in-demand record producer. He has recorded and performed with an extensive range of artists, including Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Dan Mangan, Veda Hille, Fond of Tigers, Eugene Chadbourne, Hawksley Workman, and Jon Bryant. In recent years, Jesse has delved heavily into the world of film scoring. His scoring credits include Monkey Beach, Indian Horse, The Whale and the Raven, and Koneline: Our Land Beautiful.

The Producers Lounge

October 4, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join producer, musician and engineer Jane Aurora with featured guests in a special VIFF AMP edition of Vancouver’s essential Producer’s Lounge. Focusing on female and non-binary-identifying music professionals, this series features local and world-class producers, engineers and beat-makers on hand for peer learning and skills development.

Session Participants

Jane Aurora is a producer, musician and mix engineer. She owns Capsule Studios, the presenter of the Producers Lounge Series, which takes place in studios and at events throughout British Columbia. The Producers Lounge Vancouver was founded as an initiative to elevate female and non binary identifying music producers, and underrepresented producers and composers of all genders. Jane’s music production credits encompass internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and North America in multiple genres. Jane is the founder of Arrival Sounds, a Vancouver based music licensing company that represents 50+ diverse touring artists and composers for sync.

The Producers Lounge

Mercurial and masterful, MeShell N’Degeocello eschewes genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musical trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered: unequivocally herself. A bass player above all else, Meshell has been nominated for ten Grammy awards and appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. Meshell was the first woman featured on the cover of Bass Player Magazine and remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.

The Producers Lounge

Kinnie Starr, an avowed lover of language, is known for her unique blend of conscious hip hop and groove-driven pop. Her career has taken her around the world, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. Kinnie’s activism began before her career in music, when she was a visual artist, and her current visual work continues to touch on her areas of interest: race, home, family, and humanity.

The Producers Lounge

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