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SFFILM Festival

Movie Magic: How the Music Gets Made


Live Talk

Mon, April 25 at 6 pm

Live Talk


Music looms large in making a film; a score or a soundtrack is as integral to capturing a viewer’s attention and emotions as the imagery onscreen. What is the relationship between music and the larger story? How do a director and composer collaborate to create a mood? How does music work within the larger soundscape of a film? This panel will explore these questions and more as it delves into the alchemical effect of music on film.

Moderator Cheryl Eddy

Cheryl Eddy is a Senior Writer and News Editor at sci-fi and fantasy pop culture website io9. She’s been at io9 since 2014; prior to that she worked for over a decade at the late, great alt-weekly newspaper the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and holds an MA in Cinema Studies, focusing on the horror genre, from San Francisco State University.

Panelist Isabel Castro

Mexican-American director and producer Isabel Castro garnered a GLAAD Media Award for her first documentary, Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity (2014). She received News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations for her shorts Darlin (2019) and USA vs Scott (2020), and was a director on the Netflix series Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (2020). Filmmaker named her one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2021.

Panelist Emile Mosseri

Emile Mosseri is a songwriter, composer, and producer based in Los Angeles. Mosseri made his feature film score debut with Sundance standout The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), garnering extensive critical acclaim. He next joined director Miranda July for her third feature film Kajillionaire (2020). Mosseri’s latest compositional work is for director Lee Isaac Chung’s family drama Minari (2021), which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Original Score. Mosseri’s most recent work is a two-part collaborative album with electronic producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, exploring synthesizers, piano, electronics, and both artists’ voices.

Panelist Saul Williams

A native of New York state, Saul Williams is an acclaimed slam poet, rap artist, and actor. He has a BA in philosophy and acting from Morehouse College and an MFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance for his role in Slam (1998). Among his acting credits are parts in King of the Korner (2000), K-PAX (2001), Tey (2012), Dreamstates (2016), and Akilla’s Escape (2020), for which he also composed the score. He makes his directing debut with Neptune Frost (2021).