Getting To Know: Miriam Cutler


Emmy nominated composer, Miriam Cutler has an extensive background scoring for independent film & TV projects. Her passion for documentary film has led her to working on countless award winning projects. Miriam traveled to Malaysia in 2013 with AFS.

What’s your first memory of sitting in a movie theater?

I don’t remember my first memory, but I remember as a kid seeing a huge, big sky Western (maybe THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN) at the Hollywood Cinerama Dome on a giant curved screen in Technicolor. After growing up watching a lot of classic films on a black & white TV, it really blew my mind.

What do you love most about being a filmmaker?

I love storytelling – whether it’s in a song, a film, an instrumental score, or just telling it at dinner. Filmmaking allows you to have the most powerful tools available all working together to tell the story! The biggest reward comes when you screen for an audience and experience it anew through their eyes.

What do you like least about it?

Often impossible deadlines and not enough money are huge challenges for documentary filmmakers, but we are crafty and resourceful – often necessity is the mother of invention.

What or who inspired you to be a film composer?

I am a film composer who is constantly inspired by filmmakers. So much so, that I have even launched a film myself. And as a composer, experiencing my music against picture is amazing…

What is your favorite movie and why?

Impossible question – I am in love with so many movies, I could never pick one.

If you weren’t a filmmaker, what would you be?

I would teach more. I love doing workshops and presentations which illuminate the power of music in film and the filmmaker/composer collaboration.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

Once again – all I can say is I am passionate about working on non-fiction films. I love the documentary film making community – no matter where I’ve traveled in the world, I discover that we share values, interests, and inspiration.