JOIN VOICES Documentary Film

JOIN VOICES: The Choral Bond and Beyond
 
In loving memory of Dr. Wanda Flinn.  Our goal is to raise funding to complete this project in honor of Wanda who was committed to this documentary from its inception over five years ago. 
 
Music programs in our public schools continue to suffer from alarming funding cuts; the consequences transcend mere reductions of musical performances.
 
During 1984-1990, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School in Miami, Florida, was home to an award-winning ensemble known as The HML Singers. The ensemble's director, Dr. Karyl Carlson, realized their uniqueness then and now. They continue to maintain a strong connection regardless of locale. A cinematic vision, weaving the singers' past stories together with their present lives, began to take shape in Karyl’s mind as she realized their continued bond to one another. The documentary JOIN VOICES: The Choral Bond and Beyond, will likely have a significant impact on arts advocacy and music education programs.
 
The film’s scope includes student, educator, and administrator perspectives who are directly involved in music programs from Chicago to Miami, and to underserved communities across the country.  The film will also explore empirical data regarding the psychological and social impact on students involved in music programs.
 
True to the film’s inspiration, JOIN VOICES will highlight how being involved in music at a young age critically influenced many HML Singers' life paths. It fostered a life-long passion for music, gave them a place to fit in, and even saved some young lives. "HML Singers made a good school great," recalled the late William Noble. (HML Principal, 1985 –1990)
 
The film will be made available free to its target audience, including individuals, schools, non-profit arts education advocacy organizations, professional music organizations, administrators, legislators, parents, and future music educators.
 
Why are funds requested?
 
· cover on-location filming sessions and expenses
· defray filming expenses (rental fee of specialized equipment, film crew, and location fees)
· producer/director expenses (equipment purchase, travel, music, editing materials,
 
digital conversion, website development and hosting)
· duplication and distribution 
 
Together we can make a difference to help the arts thrive, whether you assist with $5, $20, or more. JOIN VOICES is intended to demonstrate the great impact and investment needed in schools and communities today. The HML Singers' commitment to music, community, and each other, remains ever-so-powerful over thirty years. 

JOIN our VOICES! Thank you!
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