June 4th, 2014

We’re lucky enough to get opportunities to contribute to fantastic projects that also help others. Those wonderful projects that warm the soul and beautifully put things into perspective. One such project is the short film “Beat Rockers: Keeping The Beat Alive” from director Ryan Staake of Pomp&Clout for B.E.A.T. NYC, a non-profit organization that introduces the art of beatboxing to students at The Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.

Launched in the Fall of 2010, Beat Rockers is a pioneering program that utilizes the art of beatboxing as a tool for musical self-expression for students who are blind and/or have multiple disabilities. By teaching students ways to create music using their bodies as instruments, the program re-imagines the idea of needing to “learn” an instrument in order to make music. Over the program's four years, over 70 students have been empowered with the ability to communicate, collaborate and self-express.

The Mill was involved in the film through colorist Sal Malfitano, who focused on giving the video a colorful and slightly filmic quality. While we're often focused on the visuals aspects of a project, it's also great to support a program that celebrates the power of our other senses.

In the end, the video is really about the students and the program so we'll let the film speak for itself. Watch, share and keep the cause going by supporting B.E.A.T.'s Kickstarter!