Keys attends first Sundance as producer, composer
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FENDER - Singer Alicia Keys visits the Fender Music lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Fender/AP Images)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's a busy week for Alicia Keys.
The singer-songwriter is set to perform at three events during Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on Monday. She'll sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. And meanwhile, she popped over to Park City, Utah, to debut her first film as executive producer and composer.
The 32-year-old entertainer is attending her first Sundance Film Festival to support "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," which premiered Friday. Directed by George Tillman, Jr., the film tells the story of two young boys who survive the streets of Brooklyn on their own.
From left, director George Tillman Jr., actor Skylan Brooks and singer Alicia Keys pose for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victorial Will/Invision/AP)
"It's great because I love being part of bringing stories that you wouldn't often hear to the world," she said. "The fact that it was in my hometown — New York — that felt really good. The most important thing for me is that it looked and was so authentic."
This was Keys' first experience creating a film score, and she found the process enlightening.
"I think it really expanded me because it's a beautiful collaborative process," she said. "Being able to collaborate with (director) George (Tillman, Jr.), and he has such a cool feeling about music and is specific about how it related to each scene, and that was really interesting. There were some pieces that came really naturally to me and others that I had to kind of think more of how does that feel, what should that feel like?"