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Would you like to see "The Drive to Sing" in your community? This page tells how. Just tap a question below.
Is it available for streaming?
Not yet. We are working to make The Drive to Sing available for streaming on a well-known platform in mid 2023.
For now, we're focusing on live events. Watching it in person with a group of music lovers is more meaningful than watching it alone. The film has sparked many valuable discussions about resilience, community, and healing. Let's show it in person, in as many places as we can.
I'd like to see The Drive to Sing in my community. How can I help?
Thank you for your interest! We want to help show this uplifting film in as many places as possible.
This page helps you select a venue in your area and ask them to show it. Public libraries are the easiest to work with. Churches and schools are good choices too, with a bit more effort.
If you have any questions or suggestions, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I ask a public library to show The Drive to Sing? (It's easy.)
Just call your local public library and say this:
"I heard about a new documentary called The Drive to Sing. It's about choirs finding ways to sing safely during the pandemic, and my choir friends would like to watch it together. Could the library show it sometime?"
They may also want to know
It's 75 minutes long.
Which days of the week would work for your chorus, for example: "Please not on a Monday or Wednesday, because that's when we rehearse."
The filmmaker's email is email@example.com.
Just Google for "The Drive to Sing" to learn more.
That's it! Libraries know how to take it from there. You could always call a 2nd or 3rd library, in case the first is too busy.
How can I write to the library instead?
You can find a library's website with a Google search, and find the "Contact Us" part of the website. You can use this example text if you like. If you're sending an email, you can CC firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help with followup questions.
=================== example text
Subject: Could the library show The Drive to Sing documentary?
I heard about a new award-winning documentary called The Drive to Sing. It's about choirs finding ways to sing safely during the pandemic, and my choir friends would like to watch it together. We can't do <days of the week> because that's when we rehearse. Could the library show it sometime?
It is 75 minutes long and family friendly. This web page tells how to host a screening. https://www.thedrivetosing.com/show-the-film The filmmaker's email is email@example.com.
That's it! Libraries know how to take it from there. You could always try a 2nd or 3rd library, in case the first is too busy.
Which kind of venue would work best?
So far, the best venues for The Drive to Sing are public libraries, churches, and schools.
Of these, the simplest by far is... libraries!
Public libraries are great venues for a number of reasons:
They frequently show films to the community for free admission.
They have an event calendar and publicize events to their community.
We've found librarians to be very friendly, and easy to reach during business hours. So it can be as simple as "just ask" and they can do the rest.
Churches and schools can be great venues too, but it takes more time and effort to organize an event. It works best if you have a connection to the music director or music department already. See below for more details.
Movie theaters are usually too expensive.
If you have suggestions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I organize a public screening at a local church or school?
A church or school is a natural place to show a film that's all about choirs! Some choirs enjoy watching the documentary together as a team-building event.
Most churches have space available for rent and equipment to show a film, but someone needs to "organize" the event (perhaps you). Contact the church office to find an available day/time. You may need to sign a rental agreement and pay a rental fee, unless a congregation or staff member is organizing it. Maybe you can interest the music director...but they may not have time to take on a new project. On the day of the screening, the organizer needs to bring a laptop and plug it into the A/V system.
Setting up an event at a school is similar. Ask someone in the music department if they can show the film as part of a film or performance series. If a teacher/professor wants it to happen, the arrangements are a lot easier. Or you can contact the main office and ask how to rent a space and show a film. Many different groups share the school facilities, so there will likely be an application/approval process and rental fee for the space.
Please keep in mind that public screenings of The Drive to Sing must be FREE admission. You may ask for donations.
Once you have a venue in mind, the "Host a screening" section below has more details.
Why not a movie theater?
Everyone thinks of films showing in a movie theater. They have high quality projectors and sound system, comfy seats and popcorn.
But here's the thing. The Drive to Sing's music license agreements do not allow us to charge admission.
Movie theaters in large cities cost between $300 and $3000 to rent, and we(you) can't sell tickets to cover the cost. For a special occasion, maybe someone could write a grant to pay for the theater rental, or find a theater that is very inexpensive? But usually, showing the documentary in a regular theater does not make financial sense.
This is why we're recommending libraries, churches, and schools (above).
I'm a teacher. Can I show it in my classroom?
Sure. Just email us, and we'll send you a temporary link.
Kathryn taught elementary music and chorus for many years, and she believes the film will be motivational for choir students (and their teachers). It shows the importance of live music and community, and shows what lengths people were willing to go to during the pandemic, in order to make harmony again.
Subject: show The Drive to Sing in my classroom
<what you teach and where>
Can we show the documentary at a choir convention/festival?
Absolutely! We would love to show "The Drive to Sing" at more music festivals and conventions.
If you know of one, please introduce us to the appropriate people, or let us know how/when to apply.
Just email us at email@example.com.
Host a screening
This section is for librarians, church or school staff, or anyone who wants to organize a screening at their venue.
What are the steps to organize a screening?
Please fill out this form online: Show "The Drive to Sing" at your venue
Bryce/Kathryn will respond by email and answer any questions
We'll send you an agreement that gives you the right to show the film publicly on whichever days, in exchange for a license fee. You sign the agreement and pay the license fee.
We mail you a copy of the film, or show you how to stream it from the Vimeo.com website.
You show the film at the venue.
What equipment is needed to show the film?
a laptop computer, not more than 5 years old
a TV or projector that connects to the computer
speakers that are loud enough for the audience to hear clearly
We'll send you a USB drive with the film MP4 files on it. You can see a picture of a USB drive below.
If you prefer to stream the film through Vimeo.com, you need a stable internet connection to avoid glitches during the showing.
What is the license fee for showing the film in public?
Our standard license fee is $200 to show the film in public.
If this doesn't fit your budget, let's talk. We want to make it accessible.
We'll send an invoice and W-9 form.
Will the audience register, or buy tickets, or what?
This is your choice. Since screenings are free, tickets are not needed.
If you'd like help setting up a registration process, we can help. We use a Google Form that asks participants for their email and the number of people attending, and it generates a spreadsheet with a list of participants. This has been helpful in a venue with limited seating, so that we can close registration if it fills up. Having people's email can be helpful to send people a reminder or any last minute information. But again--this is optional.
Do you have resources to help with publicity?
Yes, see our Media Kit page for suggested text and graphics that you can use.
You should publicize the event among people and groups that you know. Facebook events are good. Inviting local chorus organizations and churches is good.
Also if you like, once we know the date/time/location of your screening, we can run some Facebook ads in your area to reach a wider audience.
Do you have resources to lead a discussion afterward?
TBD We're working on it.
Can the filmmakers or cast/crew attend for a Q&A afterward?
It depends on the day and location, but you're very welcome to ask! Maybe the filmmakers can attend, in person or virtually.
We can also put you in touch with other people who were involved in the film or the car choir project.