Miriam Cutler

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Composer Miriam Cutler has an extensive background in scoring for independent film and TV projects, as well as two art circuses. Her passion for documentary film has led to a focus in non-fiction with credits including award winning and festival favorites: Family Affair (Sundance, Oprah Winfrey Network), The Fence (Sundance/HBO), Desert of Forbidden Art (Cine Golden Eagle Award/Santa Barbara FF, Cleveland, Cinequest), Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (Sundance, HBO); Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Sundance, Emmy, HBO); Thin (Sundance, HBO, Emmy Nom), Chris and Don: A Love Story (Telluride, Theatrical); China Blue (Toronto, IDFA, Independent Lens); Absolute Wilson (Berlin);Lost in La Mancha (Telluride, Berlin, Bafta nom); Scouts Honor (PBS, 2 Sundance awards) Pandemic: Facing Aids (HBO); Licensed to Kill (Berlin, 2 Sundance awards) and more.

Miriam has served as lab advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab, as well as on documentary juries for the Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, International Documentary Association Awards, and American Film Institute's Film Festival Awards and is a Society of Composers and Lyricists Board member. She has also co-produced live jazz albums on PolyGram/Verve for Joe Williams (two Grammy nominated albums), Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, and Marlena Shaw as well as independently released albums of her own songs and soundtracks.

She is currently finishing up the documentary about a young woman Iraqui war vet, Poster Girl, and a doc she composed and co-produced, One Lucky Elephant (which premiered at the LA Film Festival 6/19/10). Her lifelong goal has been to devote her musical talents to projects that promote understanding, justice, and respect for all life. To this end, she is looking forward to exploring her connection to her Jewish heritage through composing music for her community.

Composition Created as Part of Fellowship
Tiftach
Performed by: 
Cantor Paul Dorman