Here is your chance to ask your The Underground Railroad questions! Join Academy Award-winning Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Academy Award-nominated Composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) for this exclusive event Friday, June 18 (6:30 PM PST) moderated by Franklin Leonard (Founder of The Black List). As usual, this screening and post-show live stream Q&A is free to The Society of Composers & Lyricists (The SCL) members. Head over to The SCL online to register now and find out how you can access this exclusive event.
Nicholas Britell’s score to The Underground Railroad is out now via Lakeshore Records!
From Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by Arnold Ridgeway, a bounty hunter who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught. As she travels from state to state, Cora contends with the legacy of the mother that left her behind and her own struggles to realize a life she never thought was possible. TV-MA | 60min
Nicholas Britell is a twice Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning composer and pianist who is known for his critically acclaimed scores, including those for Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and Jenkins’ 2017 Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight. Britell received Academy Award nominations for both those films as well as BAFTA and Critics Choice nominations for If Beale Street Could Talk. He received Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations as well as the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score (Dramatic Feature) for Moonlight. The year prior, he wrote the score for Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which marked the start of his collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer-director-producer. In 2018, he wrote the score for McKay’s Vice, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Britell’s most recent film work is the score for Netflix’s The King, starring Timothée Chalamet. For television, Britell scores HBO’s Succession, for which he won the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score. In 2019, Britell was honored by the World Soundtrack Awards with the Film Composer of the Year Award for his scores for If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice. In 2020, the World Soundtrack Awards honored Britell for a second year running, this time with the TV Composer of the Year Award for Succession.
Britell has also scored Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad series for Amazon, Disney’s Cruella starring Emma Stone as well as Jenkins’ The Lion King for Disney. Upcoming is HBO’s Succession’s Season 3 and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up for Netflix.