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Exclusive Documentary about the UK beatboxer SHLOMO!
This film was independently produced in London and Berlin three years ago, following the progress of the exciting project "the beatboxchoir" with the Swingle singers. 6 weeks watching the meeting of experimented beatboxers with classical singers.
Since then Shlomo became one of the icon of UK beatboxing.
I edited this film for 6weeks and all the other participant gave all their energy to make this story possible.
and I think everybody is now really proud to show it here!

This movie have been shown only in film festivals and is for the first time available on the web.

For best viewing: turn "HD" off, and use the "flash player", the button is at the bottom right of the text.

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Directed and Produced by: Colette McWilliams
Producers: Russell Reid & Jean Phillipe Gossart
Director of Photography: Jean Phillipe Gossart
Editor: Stephan Talneau
Sound Recordist: George Butterworth
Boom Operators: Julian, Kareem, Curzio
Sound Mix: Sebastian Reuters

Beatboxing has been on the rise in the UK over the last five years as fans marvel over the inhuman sounds that these underground stars can make. In The Beatbox choir we follow Shlomo, British beatbox pioneer and South bank artist in residence, as he takes four of the UK’s top beatboxers along side Grammy award winning acapella group, The Swingle Singers, and gives them six weeks to turn themselves into the UK’s first human Beatbox ing choir.

Before the group has even met they have had major festival interest and have been advertised as the headline act for The International Beatbox Convention 2007. Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra have six weeks to create a choir that has to follow acts such as as Beardyman (UK British Champion Beatboxer 06 and 07) and Roxorloops (French Beatbox Champion) to a sit down concert hall full of beatbox fans. Sold out just days after the tickets went on sale and promoted internationally, the crowd’s expectations are high. As Shlomo aptly said in his first introduction to the choir: “I have no idea what we’re gonna do, but we’ve got to do something.”

This inspirational story tells of friendships forged from diverse backgrounds, conflicting musical genres and clashing cultures, with the creation of the choir comes the creation of musical family. From the first day the group meet until their first public performance at the convention, week-by-week we see the creative journey of Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra. Lead through experimental voice-coaching techniques, we watch the group step out of their comfort zones as they perform in ways they’d never had thought likely.

The Beatbox choir is an inspirational story of ambition, risk-taking and brand new sounds.


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