Join Allen v, Farrow composer Michael Abels for an exclusive The Society of Composers and Lyricists (The SCL) screening and Q&A session on Monday, June 14 (6:30 PM PST)! Moderated by Film Music Journalist Tim Greiving, you’ll a chance to also hear from Co-Creator, Co-Director and Executive Producer Amy Ziering, and Music Editor Ellen Segal! This event is free to members and an access link will be provided 10 minutes prior to the event. For more information or how you can join, head over to The SCL online.
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HBO Documentary Film’s Allen v. Farrow from award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, is a four-part documentary series that goes behind decades of sensational headlines to reveal the private story of one of Hollywood’s most notorious and public scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow; their subsequent custody trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, Soon-Yi; and the controversial aftermath in the years that followed. Once celebrated for their on and off-screen partnership, Farrow and Allen’s lives were irrevocably fractured and their sprawling family is torn apart with the public disclosure of the abuse allegations and the vitriolic disputes that followed. TV-MA | 60min
Michael Abels is best known for his scores for Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning debut Get Out and Us, for which Abels won the World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics’ Choice nomination, an Image Award nomination, and multiple critics awards. The hip-hop-influenced score for Us was short-listed for the Oscars, and was named “Score of the Decade” by online publication The Wrap. Most recently, Abels composed the score and main title theme for the HBO four-part documentary series Allen v. Farrow. Other scores include Bad Education and Fake Famous for HBO, and See You Yesterday for Netflix.
Abels is co-founder of the Composers Diversity Collective, an advocacy group to increase the visibility of composers of color in film, game, and streaming media. As a concert composer, Abels has received grants from the NEA and from Meet The Composer. His orchestral works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others. As guest conductor of Get Out In Concert, Abels has led orchestras like the National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Several of his orchestral works have been recorded by the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label, including “Delights & Dances,” a work commissioned by the Sphinx Organization. Recent projects include the ballet Falling Sky for Butler University, At War With Ourselves with Nikky Finney for the Kronos Quartet, and producing “Cry No More” for MacArthur Genius Rhiannon Giddens and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. Abels also serves on the SCL Board of Directors.
Amy Ziering is a two-time Academy Award® nominated and Emmy® award-winning filmmaker behind some of the most groundbreaking documentaries today with her creative partner Kirby Dick. Many of her films have directly impacted American politics and culture, resulting in real-world change. Ziering’s latest project, Allen v. Farrow (2021), is a four-part investigation into one of Hollywood’s most notorious scandals: the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving his then seven-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow. Her previous film, On the Record (2020), was a searing look at the intersection of issues relating to the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. The Invisible War (2012) exposed the epidemic of rape in the US military leading to dozens of policy reforms signed into law. The Hunting Ground (2015) created a national discussion of sexual assault on college campuses and sparked sweeping reforms at hundreds of institutions. The Bleeding Edge (2018) unearthed the fast-growing medical device industry’s corruption and malfeasance, resulted in Bayer and Johnson & Johnson pulling dangerous products off the market.
Ellen Segal practiced violin since age 6 and studied in Great Britain for a year when she was 10. She attended the USC School of Music from age 6 to 12. Ellen co-founded several bands & wrote original music & played violin, guitar & mandolin including being the house band for the south-rim of the Grand Canyon. Ellen became a studio musician, playing on a number of major motion picture scores. Once she began learning about the technical side of music production she loved the working relationships with directors & composers. Ellen brought all of her musical training into music editing. Ellen Segal has worked as music editor on 88 feature films including: The Other Side of the Wind, End of the Tour, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Four Christmas’s, Talladaga Nights, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Big Fish, Chicago, Spider-Man I, Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, and Nuts. A voting member of AMPAS, Ellen serves on the executive music branch committee Ellen is a voting member of ATAS. Ellen has been nominated for 10 Golden Reel Awards, winning for Chicago.