I'm constantly being thrown curveballs in this industry. I was asked to be on the SCA jury to award an original score prize to a feature and a short film for the 17th annual Local Sightings Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum. I'm so glad I overcame my initial reluctance because I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to watch such an amazing scope and variety of work among the eight features and 18 shorts, give or take, that my colleagues and I screened. Congratulations to Daryl Bennett for "The Exhibition" and Melody Loveless for "Maureen." People don't often realize how crucial the underscore is in the success of the overall film, so it's really gratifying to be able to recognize and reward such excellence. Bravo.