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Screen Scoring Alumni at SXSW 2021


The NYU Steinhardt Screen Scoring program congratulates two of our alumni at the 2021 South by Southwest festival! The virtual festival ran from March 16-20 and is revered as an invaluable platform for burgeoning creative voices to share new ideas and tackle contemporary issues.

Eric Smith reviewing a score at the mixing desk.

Eric Smith (MM ‘20) collaborated with director Luke Salin and writer Kayla Yumi Lewis on the TV movie Parked in America. This creative trio began their collaboration during their studies at NYU - Eric as a student in the Screen Scoring program and Luke and Kayla as students in Tisch. The film was one of the two advanced television pilots produced by the film department at Tisch each year. The film tells the story of Jamie Park, a Korean teenager who moves in with her midwestern relatives after tragedy strikes back home in Seoul. Upon her arrival she meets her cousin Eli and together they navigate high school while confronting questions of identity, guilt, and grief.

Movie poster for Parked in America.

Watch the trailer for Parked in America.


Mike Brun

Mike Brun (MM ‘20) composed for Trade Center, directed by NYU Tisch alum Adam Baran (Jackpot, Hunting Season), which features the voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s as they remark on how they believe commercialism has sanitized the landscape of the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus.

Trade Center movie poster

You can read more about the film in an interview with the director in GQ

Watch the trailer for Trade Center.