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The Rhythm Project is a series of short films that unpack the relationship between rhythm and race.
The Rhythm Project is a series of short films that unpack the relationship between rhythm and race.
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What is The Rhythm Project exactly?

The Rhythm Project is a process-oriented documentary experience that explores the relationship between rhythm and race as it exists for a diverse group of New York City and Los Angeles-based tap dancers. Using interviews as well as live class and rehearsal footage, I will be producing a series of 8 mini-documentaries, each featuring one dancer and his or her own unique set of ideas on this topic. These 8 short films will provide the footage and material necessary for composing a full-length documentary exploring these ideas as well as provide valuable research for use in my doctoral dissertation exploring the relationship between minstrelsy, tap dance, and representation in American performances of stage and screen.

Where you come in:

I have completed the first of these mini-documentaries. Below you can find a link to the full 6-minute version of The Rhythm Project: Phase One, featuring New York City based tap dancer and choreographer Derick K. Grant. If you like what you see, or are completely wooed by my proposal here, please consider donating to this project at large. 

https://vimeo.com/68168384

I am also open to and appreciative of your feedback.  This is all a work in progress.  Please feel free to send me your ideas and concerns.

What exactly are you supporting?

Besides contributing to this extremely important and fascinating dialogue, your donation directly supports my travel to and from New York City so that I can film and interview the subjects of these documentaries. It also supports HD camera rental, the purchase of a Zoom recorder for quality sound, cassette tapes, a memory card, batteries, a tripod, the final cut pro and compressor software, and a few other technological inventions and stage hands to make this as smooth and articulate a process as possible. 

Please consider taking the time to invest in The Rhythm Project. While I cannot predict the future, I can assure that your contribution will be supporting a very necessary dialogue and that I will handle this conversation with my utmost passion and care. THANK YOU!  

For more information, music samples, and images, feel free to check out the official Rhythm Project website: http://www.therhythmprojectsite.com/index.html

As the project moves forward, I will be updating the website with progress reports and fun facts.

Risks and challenges

While I have already spoken to several tap dancers and choreographers about their participation in this project, please keep in mind that filming and interviewing requires a real commitment from all parties. Artists' schedules can be tricky and change at the drop of hat. I have high goals and a deep passion for my work, but I also recognize that The Rhythm Project will be a long process. I plan to make at least three mini-documentaries a year, but completion of this project could take up to five years. Please be patient and check my website for the most up-to-date information.

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    A fancy Rhythm Project guitar pick that you can use for show or utilize for rhythm making of your own. FYI, if you punch a hole in a pick it makes for an excellent necklace. You will also receive one of my genuine thank you e-mails.

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    You will get to sport some Rhythm Project shoelaces in your tap shoes, Converse All Stars, or hiking boots (shoes not included). You also receive a guitar pick and a thank you e-mail.

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    Show your gratitude for rhythm and your support for this project with a fitted Rhythm Project T-Shirt. You will also receive a guitar pick and a thank you e-mail.

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    The Rhythm Project Tote Bag good for dance class, grocery shopping, and/or school. You will also receive a sticker, guitar pick and a thank you e-mail.

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    Your name will appear in the credits and you will receive the official Rhythm Project T-shirt, guitar pick, and thank you e-mail.

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    A private tap lesson (60 minutes) with one of the country's finest tap teachers. Donor will be paired with a teacher based on his/her ability (skill level basic to advanced) and geographical proximity to teacher's home city. Travel to one of the select cities will be donor's responsibility but date/time are flexible. You will also receive Your name in the credits, the official Rhythm Project T-shirt, sticker, guitar pick, and thank you e-mail.

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    You are truly spectacular. You will receive a hand written thank you note, three guitar picks, two stickers, a pair of shoelaces, a T-shirt, a tote bag, special credit in all mini- documentaries, and a private lesson.

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