This short documentary film tells a story of the Boston/Cambridge music scene - through the experience of Canadian songwriter Rose Cousins. It was made in the hope of highlighting the players and songwriters who are Boston's lifeblood. Venues like Club Passim and The Lizard Lounge. Community events that bring musicians together like SubRosa, Cutting Edge of the Campfire and the Three Mile Island Retreat. The magic that's been happening at Q Division Studios. With this group of people. In this moment in time.
In the spring of 2011, Rose Cousins traveled to Boston to record her new album WE HAVE MADE A SPARK. It was a drive she had done many times since she started visiting Boston in 2002. First to see the songwriters and musicians that inspired her, and later to perform in the city herself as she launched her international touring career. The vibrant community of songwriters and singers in Boston, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Cambridge and Somerville, were quick to adopt Cousins. With her quick wit, hardworking drive, collaborative spirit, heartbreaking songs, vocal prowess, and immediate sincerity, she fit in right away. She became "one of the gang."
WE HAVE MADE A SPARK was made with friends and collaborators Zachariah Hickman (producer) and Austin Nevins (who both play in Josh Ritter's Royal City Band), songwriters Rose Polenzani, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Jennifer Kimball, Laura Cortese, Amy Correia, Ana Egge, Edie Carey, members of Session Americana Billy Beard and Dinty Child, and multi-instrumentalists Sean Staples and Charlie Rose.
Produced and directed by Rose Cousins
Edited by Rohan Fernando
Cinematography by Asia Kepka, Rohan Fernando and Extraneous Noise
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