20 22 oct '22

Lolita Ritmanis

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2021, Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy Award-winning and10-time Emmy Award-nominated composer, as well as a 2022 Grammy Award-winning music producer, for her work on "Women Warriors: The Voices of Change." Lolita was Oscar shortlisted for her 70 minute symphonic and choral score for the feature film Blizzard of Souls, which in 2021, had already earned her the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Score for an International Feature Film, the Alex North Award for Best Score, the Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for Best Score for an Independent Film, as well as a nomination for the World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice, Latvia’s Golden Microphone Award for Best Instrumental Album, and the Big Christopher (Latvia’s equivalent to the Academy Award.) Lolita is one of the founders of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, serving as president from 2016 to 2018, and the co-chair of the AWFC Advisory Board. In 2019, Lolita was an integral part of the Lincoln Center live to picture premiere of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, where three of her symphonic works received world premieres. She is a co-producer of the award winnning soundtrack. Her symphonic work Overture to Light received its 2018 U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall. Lolita's concert works as well as four original musicals have been seen and heard throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Australia. In addition to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, her music has been performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Koerner Hall in Toronto, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Krakow International Film Music Festival, Fimucité International Film Music Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and Playfest in Ubeda, Spain. Other career highlights include her original score for Christmas in Rome for Hallmark, the documentary Wild Daze (featuring Jane Goodall), music for the gender parity series Flip the Script (starring Lake Bell,) Young Justice, Batman: The Killing Joke (starring Mark Hamill,) Justice League (the theme, composed by Lolita, received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination), Batman Beyond (Emmy Award Win), Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Animated Series, as well as composing score and songs for the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated musical Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister (starring Neil Patrick Harris). On May 9th, 2018 Lolita was honored with the BMI Champion Award. A dedicated mentor, Ritmanis is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program, has been a guest instructor at Columbia College Chicago's MFA program in Music Composition for the Screen, as well as presented seminars at Berklee College of Music, NYU, UCLA, CalArts, and Hong Kong Baptist University.

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