Kathryn Bostic is a composer and artist known for her work on award-winning films, TV, and live theater.She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, which in part funded the development of The August Wilson Symphony (along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which premiered it in 2018), Sundance Fellowships for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance/Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, and Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association.In 2016 she became the first female African American score composer to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Bostic was the vice president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers from 2016 to 2018.Bostic's scores and songs can be heard in productions with a lineup of award-winning directors and writers. She scored the critically acclaimed documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, which premiered at Sundance 2019, followed by a theatrical release with Magnolia Pictures. The film won Best Biographical Documentary at the fourth annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards and Bostic's score received a News & Documentary Emmy Awards nomination for "Outstanding Music Composition". Bostic also wrote and performed its end-title song "High Above the Water", which was shortlisted for "Best Original Song" for the 2020 Oscars. Her score was nominated for a 2019 Hollywood Music In Media Award. At the Society of Composers & Lyricists' inaugural awards in January 2020, Bostic was awarded Outstanding Score for an Independent Film, while "High Above the Water" was nominated for Outstanding Original Song for Visual Media.For the Sundance Grand Jury Winner Clemency, released with Neon Pictures in December 2019, Bostic provided the original score, wrote and performed the featured original song "Slow Train," and served as executive producer.In the concert world, Bostic most recently premiered a new work at a Masterworks concert "Tovaangar: Coronation and Chaos," commissioned and performed by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.Bostic has written for Broadway, most notably collaborating with the award-winning playwright August Wilson on Gem of the Ocean and various productions of his last play Radio Golf as well as the Mark Taper production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone directed by Phylicia Rashad. Consequently, Bostic was asked to score the PBS American Masters program August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand. Reflecting on Wilson's career, this documentary inspired her to write "The August Wilson Symphony," which received its world premiere in January 2018 by the Grammy Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer Lucas Richman.In addition to her work with August Wilson, Bostic's work on Broadway includes Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph. Her score garnered a win in the sound design category for this collaboration. She has been nominated for several additional awards including the Ovation Award, NAACP Theater Award, and Drama Desk nomination for "Outstanding Music in a Play." As a solo artist, Bostic toured extensively in festivals and venues including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, Birdland, Tokyo and Osaka Blue Note, and The Pori Jazz Festival. Also a vocalist, Bostic recorded and performed with many artists including Nas, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and David Byrne.
Movies & TV shows
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
There are a few people who have won awards. She paved the way for Hispanic-American performers because she refused to be pigeonholed.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Amy Tan has established herself as one of America's most respected literary voices. It would be decades before the author of The Joy Luck Club would fully understand the trauma suffered by the women w...
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Jeffery Robinson talked about the history of the U.S. There is anti-Black racism.
Money and women are being investigated.
Black Art: In the Absence of Light
An introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today, inspired by the late David Driskell's landmark 1976 exhibition, "Two Centuries of Black American Art."
The vinyl record renaissance over the past decade has brought new fans to a classic format and transformed our idea of a record collector: younger, both male and female, multicultural. This same reviv...
After his sudden firing, a popular radio DJ moves in with his aunt, bringing along his four spoiled children, and a plan to return to the radio station.
The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
In 1936, Victor H. Green (1892-1960) published The Negro Motorist Green Book, a book that was both a travel guide and a survival manual, to help African-Americans navigate safe those regions of the Un...
The years of carrying out death row executions have taken their toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. Bernadine will have to confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates as she ...
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembl...
Unable to understand why parenting seems like a constant uphill battle, an emotionally exhausted mother who can’t connect with her two young sons courageously confronts the events of her own traumatic...
We are challenged to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nat...
Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in a documentary film. A two and a half year journey is an inspiring window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion w...
Equal Means Equal
A look at how women are treated in the USA today examining issues such as workplace harassment, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. It argues for the need to improve laws that claim to protect...
Little White Lie
Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity - despite the open questions from those around h...
Dear White People
Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-r...
Middle of Nowhere
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's imprisoned - leading her on a journey of self-discover...
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