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Kathryn Bostic Virtual Master Class on Composing for Film

Wednesday, August 12 at 4pm CT
Register Here: http://bit.ly/KBostic0812
Co-presented between the Chicago Film Office and Chicago International Film Festival’s Industry Days.

Kathryn Bostic, the celebrated musical artist and composer of scores for films including Clemency, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, and Dear White People, will present a special virtual master class to discuss her craft and artistic process in creating music for visual storytelling. Bostic, who became the first female African American score composer to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2016, will share her experiences and demystify the practice of composing for film and discuss working during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

She will also give insights into the many varied highlights of her career, from composing for Broadway with August Wilson to her collaborations with musical artists including Nas, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and David Byrne to her work scoring films and adapting them for live orchestral performance.

Co-presented by the Chicago International Film Festival and the Chicago Film Office during the “Year of Chicago Music,” now extended into 2021.

Film composer and Columbia College Chicago’s Music Composition for the Screen Program Director Kubilay Üner will moderate. 

Screening Materials

As preparation for the event, we would encourage you to watch or rewatch two recent films which Kathryn Bostic composed the score for as they will be discussed more in depth during the master class.

Clemency (2019) – Available to stream with subscription on Hulu here or available for digital rental on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) – Available to stream with subscription on Hulu here or available for digital rental on iTunes, Amazon, etc.


Kathryn Bostic is an award-winning composer and artist known for her work on critically acclaimed films, TV, theater and concert performances, including Clemency, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, and Dear White People. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowships for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/ Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring,Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association, Society of Composers and Lyricists Best Music in Independent Film. Her end title song for the Toni Morrison film was 2020 Oscar Shortlisted and her score for this film is Emmy nominated. In 2016 she became the first female African American score composer to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.



Kubilay Üner makes adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for media ranging from film and television to concerts and records. Credits include numerous narrative features and documentaries, including the upcoming action film Force of Nature, the upcoming Al Pacino feature drama Axis Sally, the Lionsgate Western Gone Are the Days starring Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger and Danny Trejo, as well as Big Sur starring Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth and Stana Katic, based on Jack Kerouac’s novel; plus record productions for soul legend Bobby Womack; “Corkscrew Hill”, a theme park ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA; and music for video art installations at the LA County Museum of Art and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Event Information

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Chicago Intl. Film Festival Zoom

Free Registration


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