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Screen Scoring Alumni Scores at Sundance Film Festival


The Sundance Film Festival — long-defined by its films that highlight a vast array of cultural and social issues — was fully remote for the first time in its forty-year three history. The venerable festival was particularly special to the NYU Steinhardt Scoring Program, because it featured the music of two of our alumni!

Ariel Marx

Ariel Marx (‘15) composed the score to Rebel Hearts, a feature documentary by Pedro Kos chronicling a tight-knit group of nuns from the 1960s who founded Immaculate Heart College, a women’s college dedicated to social activism in confrontation with the church’s conservative old-guard. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition section. Ariel is currently among our Adjunct Faculty in the NYU Scoring Program.

Scene from the movie "Rebel Hearts" showing nuns leading a group of protestors in the 1960s.

Read more about Rebel Hearts on the film’s website.

Gavin Brivik

Gavin Brivik (‘18) collaborated with director Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. on Wild Indian, a thriller that follows two men as they grapple with a murder they covered up years ago, forcing their divergent paths together again. The film premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.

A still from the movie "Wild Indian" showing a man's face staring at the camera.

Read Gavin’s interview with Filmhounds Magazine about his process scoring the film.