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IU Jacobs School of Music and IU Cinema present `Double Exposure? collaboration featuring student composers and filmmakers

WHAT:Double Exposure,” a collaborative project involving original student works in music and film
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
WHERE: IU Cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St.
TICKETS: Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the IU Auditorium box office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or one hour before any screening at the cinema.

Feb. 28, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The popular “Double Exposure” project returns to Indiana University Cinema at 6:30 p.m. March 5 with a new program of works created by teams of IU student filmmakers and composition students from the Jacobs School of Music, with the scores performed live by an ensemble of student musicians.

Students in the Jacobs Department of Audio Engineering and Sound Production join the nine creative teams to contribute their expertise in the areas of sound design, recording and mixing.

Recent Jacobs faculty appointee Larry Groupé joined the project during this sixth year of the event to advise composition students, sharing his longtime experience as a Hollywood film and television composer.

“It was my privilege to be on hand to mentor composers and their emerging scores,” said Groupé. “Issues surrounding picture and dramatic choices as well as suggestions on how to interact personally with filmmakers were discussed. The musicians and conductors are tireless in their pursuit of not only musical results but the obligation to synchronize with the picture. Both the Media School and the Jacobs School truly rise to the challenge of the synergetic moment of music and imagery."

Initiated by IU Cinema, with organizational support by the Student Composer Association and the IU Media School, Double Exposure aims to introduce students to the intensely collaborative art of combining film, music and sound. Throughout the project, students have been guided by faculty members Susanne Schwibs from the Media School and Groupé, John Gibson and Mark Hood from the Jacobs School of Music. Professors in the Jacobs School Department of Composition have worked with the student composers to refine their scores.

“As a composer who intends one day to write music for media projects like film, television and video games, this was a great introduction to what the process looks like and has really helped me learn a lot,” said Kathryn Jorgensen, a freshman composition major. “There's no way to really understand what works and what doesn’t until you’ve tried it. This collaboration has already helped me see what I should continue doing and what I need to change for next time. I’m very excited to participate again next year and apply all that I’ve learned to my next project.”

According to Kyle Rotolo, a doctoral candidate in composition, “Collaboration is essential for artists to keep their work incisive and communicative. Double Exposure is a vital experience.”

Jacobs student conductors Nicholas Landrum and Camilo Tellez will lead two ensembles during the screening. Barbara Grassia, technical director for IU Cinema, will oversee the projection of film for the demanding, fast-paced program.

“Double Exposure continues to go strong, due to the talents and commitment of everyone involved,” said Schwibs. “It is a one-of-a-kind experience for the students: it is their films, compositions, musical performance and technical achievements that Double Exposure features. I am thrilled to have been a part of this since its inception.”

Hood added, “We’re very happy for this opportunity to have Audio Engineering students collaborate with these talented filmmakers and composers to produce these polished cinematic gems and exhibit them in the state-of-the-art IU Cinema.”

“Double Exposure continues to be one of the unique highlights of IU Cinema’s program,” said Jon Vickers, founding director of the IU Cinema. “We are always so proud to premiere the creative work from these talented students from both schools. There’s really nothing quite like this project being produced anywhere else.”