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Miriam Cutler

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Miriam Cutler | Composer: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

Film.Music.Media: Podcast

Composer Miriam Cutler's passion and versatility has made her one of the most prominent composers working today, especially in the world of documentaries. It's absolutely wonderful to have Miriam back as a guest on Film.Music.Media. Miriam tells some fascinating stories of her unconventional path to becoming a composer. Hear about her early days in the 70's as a performer when she joined up with Richard and Danny Elfman and their street theater group The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. This was before Danny Elfman reformed the group into the band we all know Oingo Boingo. Miriam shares how she was very much into journalism and being part of the feminist movement, and how her path eventually led to composing. This led to an early career doing sleazy horror pictures, which was enough for her to hone her skills and eventually move her career to focus on documentary scoring. We also talk about projects like her recent score to Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down and the Oscar-nominated RBG, including what working on a documentary is like and how it's completely different to your typical fictional narrative workflow. A Film.Music.Media Interview | Produced & Presented by Kaya Savas

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15 Sep 2022

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A Conversation with Miriam Cutler

The Filmosophers Movie Talk Show

The Filmosophers talk with Miriam Cutler, Emmy-nominated documentary film composer. Miriam gives us a peek into the art and science of creating film music as we explore some of her documentary films, which include award winners like ‘RBG’, ‘Lost in La Mancha’, ‘The Hunting Ground’, and ‘Dark Money’. Along the way we drop in on Gilda Radner, Hitchcock, Warner Brothers cartoons, and the Mystery Knights of the Oingo Boingo. [Theme music performed by Scarlet Newman-Thomas, courtesy of The Teenage Diplomat] http://www.thefilmosophers.com​ #MiriamCutler​​ #TheFilmosophers​​ #film​​ #cinema​​ #movies​​ #RBG​ #filmmusic​ © The Filmosophers 2021


26 Apr 2021

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Episode 27: Miriam Cutler

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Composer Talks with White Bear PR - Episode 27 featuring Miriam Cutler ("Flannery," "RBG")


19 Aug 2020

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Miriam Cutler & Terence Blanchard - Composer Profiles


Emmy nominated composer Miriam Cutler works exclusively on socially relevant Emmy winning, Sundance and Oscar nominated documentaries including RBG, a story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  With over forty film scores, six-time Grammy-winning composer, trumpeter and recording artist Terence Blanchard received his first Academy Award nomination for Spike Lee’s BlackKkKlansman. We highlight two recent guests in this episode who exemplify positive changes in the film music community.


9 Sep 2019

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Women Warriors, The Voices of Change - Freedom: Women Unite Podcast with Music By Miriam Cutler

The Crossover Media Podcast

Read Full Feature here: http://bit.ly/2OxqqM9Women Warriors: The Voices of Change multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, under the direction of Amy Andersson, features the music of eight renowned female film composers and presents 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality. This 80-minute interactive experience is a socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert which includes historical visuals from the past to present day and celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and gender equality.Orchestra Moderne NYC and Conductor/Producer Amy Andersson team with composers Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis, who together have created a rich and cinematic orchestral experience in seventeen world premiere pieces that inspire hope and courage for women and girls around the world. Special guest artists include; Afghan rapper/songwriter Sonita Alizadeh, fifteen year old singer/songwriter Isolde Fair, and violinist Nathalie Bonin. Iranian human rights activist and author Masih Alinejad is the honored guest speaker.Chapter 2: 'Freedom - Women Unite' tracks the development of feminism as it emerged in the 1960–1970's. When Miriam Cutler was invited to be part of the Women Warriors, The Voices of Change concert, her response was an enthusiastic YES! The event is a natural extension of her long career in documentary work as a film composer. Cutler is both an activist and an artist; and needs the combination of social consciousness and music that documentaries provide. The filmmakers she works with inspire her, they share values, and Cutler is honored to be a collaborator in the documentary process, as there is a deep sense of purpose and commitment to telling real stories in a responsible way. Cutler believes that Amy Andersson's vision for this concert is ambitious and offers the opportunity for women to join together in creating a powerful expression of their desire to heal the planet and work towards environmental and social justice.In Chapter 2: 'Freedom - Women Unite,' Cutler's music is accompanied by footage of the feminist struggle to achieve true equality. The composer was lucky enough to be in college when the second wave of feminism exploded into our culture and she has tried to express the outrage, excitement, and hope that many young women felt participating in that revolutionary vision of a more just future.Join us at New York's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - September 20 2019 at 8:00pm for this historical and stunning concert experience which celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human and civil rights, environmental causes, and gender equality.Women Warriors, The Voices of Change features Orchestra Moderne NYC, Amy Andersson, Conductor, with Masih Alinejad - Guest Speaker and Guest Artists - Sonita Alizadeh, Isolde Fair and Nathalie Bonin. The evening presents the music of Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis.This content, as well as the related podcast, are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) for redistribution and adaptation.The opening and closing theme music for this podcast was provided by Penka Kouneva


31 Jul 2019

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Episode #29: Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music with Susan Greenberg and Miriam Cutler


Move over Gershwin and Barenboim, Jewish women musicians are rocking the world and JWT is thrilled to present three of the best at our upcoming event BRAVISSIMA! Jewish Women in Music on April 7th as part of our Sunday Morning at the Braid series. On this Episode, Lisa, Maureen and Arlene are joined by two of our three panelists: flute soloist Susan Greenberg and composer Miriam Cutler (Bios Below). Learn what it’s like to score such projects as The Simpsons, the documentary RBG, playing the Hollywood Bowl, traveling the world with the US State Department’s American Film Showcase and more! BRAVISSIMA! Jewish Women in MusicApril 7th, 2019 10:00 am – Noon$25 General Single Ticket *Includes light brunch, live musical performance, panel discussion and Q&A with our guests* SUSAN GREENBERG enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player, and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as “brilliant” “elegant” and “supple.” During her 36 years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo. She has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Napa Valley Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. Presently she is the principal flutist with the Santa Monica Symphony and the Vicente Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the LA Philharmonic, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, as well as at the Casals, Ojai and Martha’s Vineyard Music Festivals. Ms. Greenberg was the principal flutist for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s tour of Japan, and has received the “Most Valuable Player” award on the flute from the National Association of  Recording Arts and Sciences. Ms. Greenberg is presently the flute professor at Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Palisades and has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and many TV television shows, including the Simpsons for 25 years. Emmy nominated Composer, MIRIAM CUTLER has an extensive background in scoring independent film & TV projects, as well as two circuses. She was chosen by her peers to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a member of the Documentary Branch and invited to represent Documentary Film abroad for the US State Department’s American Film Showcase. She has also been Composer in Residence at Columbia College of the Arts, and presented workshops at USC, UCLA, Berklee College of Music and internationally. She recently completed scores for Dark Money, Love, Gilda and RBG, which was nominated for a 2019 Oscar. Miriam’s passion for documentary film has led to a focus in non-fiction with credits including the award-winning Ethel (Sundance/HBO), Rory Kennedy’s five time Emmy nominated documentary about her parents, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, which was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2013. Additionally her films have won several Emmy Awards and she has served as Lab Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab since it began in 2003. She has co-produced two Grammy-nominated live jazz albums, albums for Nina Simone, as well as independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks. She recently released a compilation album from 18 of her film scores, available from Movie Score Media http://moviescoremedia.com/film-music-miriam-cutler/


25 Mar 2019

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Episode 21 – Taking Care of Your Talent with Miriam Cutler

The Power of Purpose Podcast with Judy Carter

This week, Judy sits down with Emmy-nominated composer, Miriam Cutler, to discuss her path from being a singing telegram to composing the music for award winning documentaries. Also in this episode they discuss the importance of subsidizing your search for purpose as well as why you should never do “what you’re good at” for too long if it isn’t your dream! To learn more about Judy Carter go to: http://judycarter.com/ To learn more about Judy’s programs go to: https://themessageofyou.com/ Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/761037607301720/


25 Jan 2019

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Miriam Cutler


Emmy-nominated composer Miriam Cutler is passionate about scoring documentaries, among them Emmy winning, Sundance, and Oscar nominated films: Ethel, The Hunting Ground, and now RBG - A look at the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Over two decades, Miriam has forged a successful career in Hollywood composing scores for socially relevant documentaries that she believes in. Miriam Cutler joins us to talk music and the art of activism.


23 Jul 2018

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Composer Interview: Miriam Cutler (April 2, 2012)

Film.Music.Media: Podcast

The queen of documentary film scoring takes some time to chat about her career and her approach to documentary scoring. Miriam has scored great documentaries like the Emmy winning Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib and Emmy nominated Thin. This interview features a heavy focus on doc scoring and it's a very enlightening chat. Miriam shares how she got in the industry and her love for ethnic music. She talks about how easy it is to become so emotionally invested in documentaries that you work on and how that reflects in her music. Miriam also gives some tips to any young female composers trying to break into this still very male dominated industry.


4 Aug 2017

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05/24/17 Emmy-Nominated Film/TV Composer, Miriam Cutler

Making It! with Terry Wollman

Emmy nominated composer, Miriam Cutler, has an extensive background scoring for independent film & TV projects. She is a TV Academy Executive Branch member, and Motion Picture Academy Documentary Branch member.Her passion for documentary film has led to an inspired career as a film composer: Oscar nominated KINGSPOINT (HBO) and POSTER GIRL (HBO), Emmy winners GHOSTS OF ABU GRAHIB (HBO) and ONE LAST HUG (HBO), VITO (HBO), Emmy nominated THE HUNTING GROUND (CNN), ETHEL(HBO), THIN (HBO), DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART (PBS), , BAFTA-nominated LOST IN LA MANCHA (IFC), Sundance winners AMERICAN PROMISE (PBS), SCOUTS HONOR (PBS) and LICENSE TO KILL (PBS), and Peabody Award-winning THE CASTRO.  Her enthusiasm for documentaries has led her to becoming part of the production team. Miriam Co-Produced and scored ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT (OWN) and now is embarking on her second project as a Co-Producer of DARK MONEY. Other recent award winning films include A PLASTIC OCEAN and FINDING KUKAN.Miriam has served numerous times as a Lab Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, and on film festival and awards juries including Sundance, Ashland, Bend, AFI, Independent Spirit Awards and IDA Awards. She is also a long time board member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists.She has co-produced two Grammy-nominated live jazz albums on PolyGram/Verve for Joe Williams, and albums for Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Marlena Shaw as well as independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks. In 2014, Miriam traveled as a film expert to Malaysia and in 2017 to Tbilisi, Georgia for the American Film Showcase, a cultural exchange program sponsored by the US State Department and USC. She recently completed a Composer in Residence at Columbia College of the Arts, Chicago.


25 May 2017