We are so delighted that our film The Distance Between Us has been named BEST EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC SHORT in the 2022 Richmond International Film Festival.
Our thanks go out to the festival's Grand Jury who selected our film as the winning entry, and to choir member Gillian, who represented us at the festival in Richmond, Virginia, USA and collected the award on our behalf. She was one of our long-distance choir members who took part in The Distance Between Us making it a truly international affair.
You can watch the film below.
The distance Between Us was released in October 2021 and is a collective choral diary of the autumn and winter months during lockdown.
Unable to meet in person the project took place entirely online. Over 130 people joined us, not just from Norwich and Brighton but as far away as Ireland, Spain, South Africa and the USA. All took part in weekly Zoom singing rehearsals and took part in movement and creative writing sessions. They then recorded themselves and made short films.
Weaving together the sounds and images drawn from the choir and the artists involved, the film records a very unusual time in all our lives; one that connected people across distances and found the choir singing together whilst apart.
Directed by Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker
Music by Jonathan Baker, Sian Croose, Orlando Gough
Including texts by Emily Dickinson, Esther Morgan, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edwin Morgan
with The Voice Project Choir
Soloists Jeremy Avis, Jonathan Baker, Lisa Cassidy, Sian Croose, Sianed Jones
Flutes - Rowland Sutherland
Hammered Dulcimer/ Piano - Adrian Lever
Violin- Caroline Bishop
Cello - Ivan McCready
Movement Consultant/Soloist - Dane Hurst
Creative Writing Consultant – Esther Morgan
Art Direction - Sal Pittman
Videographer -Nathan Clarke
Edited by Nathan Clarke and Sal Pittman
Soundtrack mixed by Jonathan Baker