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Miriam Cutler

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Miriam Cutler
BornUnited States
GenresFilm score

Miriam Cutler is an American composer best known for her documentary film work.

Life and career

Cutler is a Los Angeles-based film composer, scoring and performing music for over 20 years. She began her musical career as songwriter and clarinet player with The New Miss Alice Stone Ladies Society Orchestra; she then joined the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo as a clarinetist, and later founded the group Swingstreet. Due to her love of jazz, she has co-produced albums by the likes of Joe Williams, Nina Simone, Marlena Shaw, and Shirley Horn.[1] Cutler has served on a number of film festival juries including the first-ever World Cinema Documentary category at Sundance, The Film Independent Spirit Awards, The International Documentary Association Awards, and the AFI Film Festival Awards. She is a long-term board member of the Society of Composers & Lyricists and has served as an advisor in the Sundance Institute's Composers Lab since 2003.[2] She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Motion Picture Academy Documentary Branch and the Executive Committee of the TV Academy Music Branch.[3]

Cutler has also been the long-time composer for Circus Flora, based in St. Louis, MO.[4]

On June 26, 2013, Cutler was voted into the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[5]

In 2014, Cutler co-founded the Alliance for Women Film Composers with Lolita Ritmanis and Laura Karpman.[6] The organization provides visibility and advocacy for women composers.[7]

In 2017, Cutler was inducted into the John Muir High School (Pasadena, CA) distinguished alumni Hall of Fame.[8]

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Work
2019 Nominated Prime Time Emmy Award Original Score – Documentary[9] Love, Gilda
2019 Nominated Prime Time Emmy Award Original Score – Documentary[9] RBG
2018 Nominated HMMA Original Score – Documentary[10]
2015 Won HMMA Original Score – Documentary[11] The Hunting Ground
2012 Nominated News & Documentary Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound[12] The Desert of Forbidden Art



  1. ^ "Iamyours.com". Archived from the original on 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ Film School Rejects interview
  3. ^ Miriam Cutler's Official Website
  4. ^ Circus Flora - Miriam Cutler, retrieved 2020-07-10
  5. ^ Oscars.org
  6. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2019-03-03). "Starr Parodi Named President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  7. ^ Greiving, Tim (2019-01-10). "Female Composers Are Trying to Break Film's Sound Barrier". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  8. ^ "John Muir High School Alumni Association - Hall of Fame". www.johnmuiralumni.org. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  9. ^ a b "Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special Nominees / Winners 2019". Television Academy. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  10. ^ "Complete list of 2018 HMMA Music In Visual Media Nominations". hmmawards.com. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  11. ^ "2015 HMMA Winners". hmmawards.com. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  12. ^ Nominees for the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Awards Archived 2013-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
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