The Office for the Arts at Harvard Learning from Performers program and the Harvard Ed Portal are proud to present a screening of American Beatboxer followed by a discussion with producer Rich McKeown and executive producer and beatboxer Chesney Snow, moderated by Martha Diaz. More information
Documenting one of the most neglected genres of hip hop culture, American Beatboxer depicts the first-ever American Beatbox Championship. The art of beatboxing is vocal percussion: producing drum sounds and beat patterns using the lips, tongue, mouth, throat, and voice. Contestants of all races and from all over the United States competed in the 2010 Championship, with the film portraying the artistry and dedication of the eight finalists. Filmmakers Chesney Snow and Rich McKeown will offer a post-screening conversation moderated by Martha Diaz, Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.
Just one day later, don't miss the beatboxing workshop featuring Chesney Snow, award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter, on Saturday, October 21 at 3 PM at Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, Cambridge.
Film screening admission: Free; seating is limited, first come, first served, subject to venue capacity. RSVP required. Reception following.
Venue: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston map
More information about the Fall 2017 Beatboxing Residency at Harvard
About the Residency
Beatboxer, film producer and Broadway actor Chesney Snow and film producer Rich McKeown will present their award-winning film American Beatboxer and a series of related events during a three-day residency co-sponsored by the Office for the Arts Learning from Performers program and the Harvard Ed Portal, in conjunction with Northeastern Crossing at Northeastern University.
Thursday, October 19, 6-7:30 PM: Conversation moderated by Northeastern University hip-hop faculty and mini workshop with beatboxer Chesney Snow and filmmaker Rich McKeown. RSVP required.
Friday, October 20, 1-2 PM: From Beatboxing to Broadway: Conversation and pizza lunch with Chesney Snow
Open to Harvard undergrads only. Seating is limited to 18. Register here.
Friday, October 20, 7 PM: film screening: AMERICAN BEATBOXER with producer Rich McKeown and executive producer Chesney Snow
Snow will introduce and screen the documentary "American Beatboxer" at the Harvard Ed Portal, followed by a discussion with producer Rich McKeown and executive producer and beatboxer Chesney Snow, moderated by Martha Diaz.
Saturday, October 21, 3-5 PM: A conversation with beatboxer Chesney Snow, moderated by film producer Rich McKeown, and workshop/demonstration/cypher with community
See the Fall 2017 Beatboxing Residency at Harvard page for more information and bios of Snow and McKeown.