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August 4, 2006

Shut up and Sing in Providence

The Big Chill meets a cappella in the indie feature film SHUT UP AND SING, screening Weds. August 9th at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Winner of the Audience Award/Best Feature at this year's HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the film stars Molly Shannon, Mark Feuerstein, David Harbour, Reg Rogers, David Alan Basche, Elizabeth Reaser as well as renown vocal percussionist Samrat Chakrabarti. Rockapella founder Sean Altman was the music and a cappella consultant for the film.

Written and directed by Bruce Leddy -- a former member of the Williams (College) Octet -- the ensemble comedy/drama is about a group of guys who sang a cappella together in college and are now reuniting 15 years later to sing at a friend's wedding. With their spouses, significant others, and one Swedish nanny in tow, the group takes a break from their less-than-perfect lives in Manhattan and spends a long weekend rehearsing at a rambling family beach house. The experience let's them take stock of how their lives have progressed -- and in some cases regressed -- since their college heyday.

The film is part of the RIFF's "Signature Series" and will be shown at 7pm at the Columbus Arts Theater Center in Providence.

Posted by acapnews at August 4, 2006 9:21 PM