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bmiSundance Closing Composer Profile: Miriam Cutler: Miriam Cutler serves as Lab Advisor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Composers Lab. When a member of this year’s audience asked, "How do I go from sitting in the audience to sitting up there?" READ MORE...


doc magMinding Your Beats And Cues: Tips for Working With a Composer. This article originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Documentary magazine, a publication of the International Documentary Association. READ MORE...


the score

What Happened to My Beautiful Score? What Every Film/TV Composer Should Know About Final Audio.  Article in The Society of Composers and Lyricists The ScoreREAD MORE...


 topanga msngrMiriam Cutler, Sound to Sound: The Messenger's ubiquitous critic speaks to award-winning composer Miriam Cutler. READ MORE...


 moviemakerTo Compose or Not To Compose: Choosing the right music and understanding the cost. READ MORE...


indiewireGuest Post: One Woman's View of Composing In/Out of Hollywood: Writing a blog for a website called Women & Hollywood presents an interesting opportunity for this film composer who dwells primarily in the world of independent documentaries.  READ MORE...


bmiSundance 2012: The Sundance excitement starts from the moment I get the phone call from my director that we will be premiering at Sundance – especially if we have actually finished the film in time.  READ MORE...


idaSound Advice: How to Ensure Your Audio Playback Comes Through Loud and Clear: I recently completed the score for a wonderful film of which I was proud to be part.  The filmmakers and I collaborated for months, working each cue until it perfectly achieved our intentions.  READ MORE...


 doc magYou Shoot, They Score: A Film Composer's Tips for Finding the Right Musical Accompaniment.  READ MORE...


moviemakerEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Film Scoring But Were Afraid to Ask: Over the years, many moviemakers—even the most experienced— have admitted to me that they find the film scoring process to be one of the most intimidating and mysterious aspects of making movies. READ MORE...


interviews and articles

examiner logo 150Composer Miriam Cutler is the Musical Class Act of the HBO Documentary "Ethel": What do documentaries and great composers have in common? READ MORE


the score

Things You Didn't Know About Miriam Cutler: Miriam Cutler has been an SCL Board Member for over 10 years. Starting out as a musician and songwriter, going on to be a pivotal member of Danny Elfman's Mystical Nights of The Oingo Boingo... READ MORE


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Ethel: Interview with Miriam Cutler: Thank you very much Miriam, for answering some questions for Asturscore about your music in Ethel, one of your last works. First of all, tell us…. how did you get to this project? READ MORE...


future composer

Miriam Cutler is an emmy nominated film composer with an extensive list of credits and over 20 years of experience in the music industry.  READ Q & A...


 la im yoursA Word With Film Composer Miriam Cutler: Miriam Cutler is an Emmy nominated Los Angeles based musician. Although her name may not sound immediately familiar, Miram has made the scores to many well known films.  READ MORE...


weekly cometEmmy-nominated composer Miriam Cutler takes to the Comet Couch to talk about her new documentary "Ethel", a full-length feature on the life of Ethel Kennedy, which premiered at Sundance 2012 and will be released on HBO this fall. Miriam is a renaissance woman. GO WATCH...


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 The Great Musical Times of Composer Miriam Cutler of HBO's Documentary ETHEL: It is with great pleasure that I get introduce you (the readers) to another special musical voice. READ MORE...


 filmschrejectMiriam Cutler Sheds Light On Working in the Boys Club of Film Composing and How the Industry is Changing: After exploring the lack of ladies when it comes to the world of composing, I decided to go directly to the source and ask a composer who is currently (and actively) working in the business, and who also happens to be a woman. READ MORE...


   fmmComposer Interview Miriam Cutler: The queen of documentary film scoring takes some time to chat about her career and her approach to documentary scoring. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW...


buzzineA Documentary Composer Hears How Life Shouldn’t Be a Circus for 'One Lucky Elephant': As one of Hollywood’s most prolific female composers, Miriam Cutler has gone from LA avant-garde musician to climbing the ranks of lunatic low-budget movies, all on her way to becoming an in-demand, eclectic voice.  READ MORE...


spoiler alertSpoiler Alert Radio -- All Things Film, Locally and Globally: Miriam Cutler has been writing, producing, and performing music for over 20 years and is based out of Los Angeles.  LISTEN TO INTERVIEW...


bmiMiriam Cutler's Reel-Life Music: After more than two decades of working as a film score composer, Los Angeles-based musician Miriam Cutler understands her job perfectly well: “I have really learned,” she says, “that I am just a vessel for the director.”  READ MORE...


music from the moviesWomen in Film Music - Or How Hollywood Learned to Hire Female Composers for (at least) Some of Their Movies: If you own a film music collection, count the number of scores written by female composers. Then count the number by men.  READ MORE...


books

GFS thumbMiriam was interviewed, along with many noteworthy colleagues as part of this thorough examination of the current state of our composing profession in GUERILLA FILM SCORING: PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM HOLLYWOOD COMPOSERS, by Jeremy Borum. Included are Stewart Copeland, Bruce Broughton, and Jack Wall, Laura Karpman, Miriam Cutler,  and many many more noteworthy composers. 


docfilmmakershandbookAn Interview with Miriam in THE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS HANDBOOK: A Guerilla Guide by Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinne.

 


contemcircusMiriam was also interviewed for THE CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS: ART OF THE SPECTACULAR by Ernest Albrecht.

 

 


newamercircusMiriam is mentioned in the book THE NEW AMERCIAN CIRCUS by Ernest Albrecht.

 

 


 reviews of films

One Lucky Elephant (Variety)

One Bad Cat (New York Times)

Stolen Childhoods (New York Times)

Lost in La Mancha (New York Times)

Lost in La Mancha (New Yorker)

Licensed to Kill (New York Times)

 

About Me

AboutEmmy-nominated composer, Miriam Cutler is passionate about scoring documentaries, among them Emmy winning, Sundance, and Oscar nominated films: ETHEL, LOST IN LA MANCHA, THIN, POSTER GIRL, KINGS POINT, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, AMERICAN PROMISE, VITO, DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART, SCOUTS HONOR, LICENSE TO KILL, ONE LAST HUG.

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