2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café
Days 7-8 Photos
SUNDANCE PART THREE: Derek Smalls, Fox Wilde, ZZ Ward, Jobi Riccio and Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight Wrap-up an Extraordinary 2020 Sundance ASCAP Music Café
Derek Smalls, formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap, presented a hilarious multimedia show and discussion highlighting his return to the rock limelight on Thursday, January 30th at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café. It was one of the final entertaining sets presented to festival audiences at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Other performers taking the stage on the final two days of the festival included: alt-country singer-songwriter and 2019 NewSong Competition winner Jobi Riccio; Steven Dayvid McKellar of the group Civil Twilight, who performed atmospheric and electronic material from his upcoming new album, ETHIO; the high-energy power-pop band Fox Wilde out of Los Angeles, and ZZ Ward, whose soulful songs have been heard in numerous commercials, TV shows and feature films, and who has launched multiple sold-out tours while also commanding the stages of such festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly and more.
The 2020 edition of the Sundance ASCAP Music Café presented a memorable eight days of outstanding performances as Sundance and ASCAP celebrated its 22-year partnership of celebrating the marriage of music and film at the heart of the film world’s ultimate gathering of original storytelling.
After 10 days and 128 feature films, the Sundance Film Festival’s closing ceremony honored some of this year’s most impactful and extraordinary films. ASCAP composers whose music graced many of this year’s winning films included: Bear McReary, who scored Crip Camp, winner of the Audience Award: US Documentary; Nainita Desai, who scored The Reason I Jump, winner of the Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary; Jay Wadley, who scored I Carry You With Me, winner of the Audience Award: NEXT and the NEXT Innovator Prize; Courtney Bryan, who scored The 40-Year-Old-Version, winner of the Directing Award: US Dramatic; and Alex Somers, who scored Charm City Kings, which won a US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast; Olivier Alary, who scored Softie, winner of a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing; Uno Helmersson, who scored The Painter and the Thief, winner of a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling.
Other films scored by ASCAP composers are already set to hit theaters and streaming services. Miss Americana, a documentary series about Taylor Swift scored by Alex Somers, is already available on Netflix. And Downhill, a film scored by composer Hauschka and staring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is scheduled to be released on Valentine’s Day.
To view a complete schedule of performances and hear the music of Café artists, visit ascap.com/sundance2020.