Women Who Score

"Women Who Score” is a concert documentary, directed by Oscar Nominated filmmaker, Sara Nesson, that chronicles the plight of women composers daring to change the score in Hollywood. In 2016, out of the 250 highest grossing films in Hollywood, only 3% were composed by women. Despite winning 25 major awards including Oscars, Grammys Emmys, Golden Globes, and countless nominations, women composers have a long way to go. This short film documents the time crushing 2 day rehearsal process leading up to the one-night-only concert: Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live, featuring an 80 person orchestra highlighting the scores of 20 of the top women composers.

It was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for best music documentary.

  • Sara Nesson
    Poster Girl
  • Naida Albright
  • Lesley Barber, Wendy Blackstone, Kathryn Bostic, Jessica Curry, Miriam Cutler, Sharon Farber, Germaine Franco, Lili Haydn, Laura Karpman, Penka Kouneva, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Heather McIntosh, Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman, Julia Newmann, Starr Parodi, Rachel Portman, Lolita Ritmanis, Nan Schwartz, Shirley Walker and Diane Warren
    Key Cast
    Silver Linings Playbook, Ghostbusters, Moulin Rouge! , Cider House Rules, Manchester by the Sea, Compliance, Ethel
  • Sara Nesson
    Poster Girl
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Concert Documentary
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300mkii 2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival
    Martha's Vineyard
    United States
    June 25, 2017
    Island Premiere
Director Biography - Sara Nesson

Director Sara Nesson is best known for her 2011 Oscar and Emmy Nominated, and IDA winning documentary “Poster Girl”, featuring a female Iraq War Veteran struggling with PTSD. Sara spent more than two years following the healing journey of of veterans for “Poster Girl” and it’s companion film “Iraq Paper Scissors” that centers around the Combat Paper Project. Sara possesses a talent for viscerally connecting audiences with ordinary people on extraordinary journeys. Sara has been cultivating her craft for clients such as HBO, PBS, Reveal TV, Superfly, and creative agencies such as Publicis, FlyHelo, and CP+B and is currently in development on a docu-series on Post 9/11 veterans who are defying the broken narratives of PTSD, a feature seminal documentary that takes Women Who Score to the next level, and is in the process of adapting “Poster Girl” into a feature narrative. Sara is a passionate director who loves to shoot and edit. When she’s not navigating a complex world of tragedy, darkness, beauty and light, she is exploring the quirky side of story telling.

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Director Statement

Director Sara Nesson’s 2011 Oscar Nominated documentary film, “Poster Girl”, was scored by Emmy Nominated and AWFC co-founder, Miriam Cutler. Sara knows well how exciting it is to have your film transformed by a beautiful score recorded with live musicians. With female directors making up 7% of directors in Hollywood, her latest film project “Women Who Score”, is an attempt to change the conversation and open doors for fresh voices and unique cinematic experiences. With support from The Camera Division's Emergence Women in Production Program, and CanonUSA, Women Who Score is proudly shot by an all-women crew.