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Premiere at A&E International Film Festival in August 2022
"The Drive to Sing" will be screened at the A&E International Film Festival!
Hope you can join us for the premiere on August 12-14 in Newark, New Jersey.
We'll add more information right here when we have it.
March 2022: Thank you for your help!
In February 2022, we started a GoFundMe to pay for music licenses and film festival costs. The community stepped up in an amazing way. 145 individuals and groups donated, and we reached the goal of $10,000 in less than a month. It is exciting and humbling to see all the support for this project. Thank you!! Now we're busily buying licenses and submitting to film festivals. The earliest festival will be deciding by March 31. Fingers crossed! Bryce & Kathryn
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced musical activities to shut down in March 2020, singers searched for ways to stay connected when they could not be in the same room together. Online solutions such as Zoom helped groups socially, but did not allow a choir to rehearse and perform together. Several tech-savvy musicians turned to old-school audio technology to organize parking lot choirs, with each singer safely isolated in their own car. The idea spread through social media across the US and Canada, and reached the attention of the New York Times, the Today Show, and NPR. "The Drive to Sing" is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of parking lot choirs, the cast of characters who worked together to develop and refine it, and the choruses who kept their musical communities active during this time of fear and isolation.
Musicians Bryce and Kathryn Denney were among the first to try a choir in cars. They started with four singers in their driveway, so they called it a "driveway choir." Through online collaborations, they teamed up with David Newman and others who refined the idea and taught the world how to do it. During the pandemic, the Denneys traveled all around Massachusetts, helping many choirs to sing together using audio technology, at a time when it was unsafe for choirs to sing in person any other way. As pandemic restrictions eased, they began interviewing musicians, filming choirs in action, and asking for footage. In May 2021, they began work with Boston-area filmmaker Justin Lahue. After filming in summer 2021 and post-production in the fall, "The Drive to Sing" was completed in December 2021. It runs 76 minutes.
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Kathryn Denney conducts and Bryce Denney plays piano during a parking lot choir in October 2020
Don and Chris Staffin sing from their car during a Somerset Hills Harmony rehearsal in Fall 2020 in New Jersey
Stitch makes an appearance with Somerset Hills Harmony on Halloween 2021 (Kim Cook)
See how far the idea traveled!