Filmmaker Mikal Shapiro is going back into Topeka Women’s Correctional Facility with blues artist Rita Chiarelli to create and document the start-up of a prison music program in their maximum security ward. To learn more, check out our Kickstarter campaign (through April 17, 2019):
A music video for the lead single "Get Right" from Lazy Projector's upcoming full album "Evoco." Filmed at El Torreon in Kansas City, MO.
DP - Mikal Shapiro / PA - Chad Brothers / Editor - Mikal Shapiro
The KC Swingsters: Lexie Casey, Jake Conner, Michael Gibson, Kris Haney, Savannah Hoit, Alexandra Knauss, Johanna Miller, and Elizabeth Watkins. And Heidi Glassman, Tanner Rettele, Matt Tantillo, Warren Cheung, and William Payne.
A D-I-T (Do-It-Together) collaboration between pop dance band Fire Dog and Forest Park arts program ArtScope STL. Performed and filmed in St. Louis, Missouri 2018 with voice over by Canadian folk legend Bruce Cockburn.
DP & Director - Mikal Shapiro / AC & 2nd Camera - Mike Pagano, Rebecca Rivas / Art Department - Stan Chisholm / Editor - Mikal Shapiro / PAs - Celia Shacklett, Chad Brothers / Music by Fire Dog from "Endangered Species Project"
Funded in part by ArtScope STL. For more info: artscopestl.org
For more info on Fire Dog: www.seefiredogroll.com
A unique theatrical journey through the lands of our ancestors performed at Arts Asylum in Kansas City, MO
DP - Mikal Shapiro / AC - Sara Perkins / Editor - Mikal Shapiro / Score - Amado Espinoza
Dancers: Cat Mahari, Arelis Flores, Karen Lisondra, Dario Rugerio, Andres Ramirez, Maura Garcia, Erika Noguera, Amory Botorff
Musicians: Amado Espinoza, Andres Ramirez, Amory Botorff, Pedro Calderon, Ariel Bugosen
Costume: Neil Goss, Amado Espinoza
Along with Espinoza's original music, there are songs of protest, of ritual, and of indigenous resiliance from the Americas. For more info or to purchase the "We are the Landscape" album, email: email@example.com
Support from ArtsKC and The Charlotte Street Foundation
Photographed and edited by Mikal Shapiro. Filmed at Charlotte Street Studios, downtown Kansas City, MO.
Highlights from the latest collaborative art event organized by 90.1FM Kansas City Community Radio. Bringing together artists and performers from all over the map--stylistically and regionally--KKFI Collaborations Live! at The Folly spotlights some of the best talent the Heartland has to offer.
DP - Mikal Shapiro / 2nd Camera - Grady Keller and Chad Brothers / Editor - Mikal Shapiro / Music by Amado Espinoza and Hot Club KC
Funded by 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio
State City Films is honored to be included in this incredibly innovative evening of art produced by KKFI 90.1 FM.
Join us for a night like you've never seen, featuring original music, dance, and a short film of Folk Alliance International's Artists in Residence project produced by State City Films and featuring Canadian blues queen Rita Chiarelli and the Topeka Freedom Singers from Topeka Women's Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Collaborations Live! is one night only at The Folly Theater on June 30th, 2017 – 7 pm to 10 pm.
Support community radio and get your tickets at http://kkfi.ticketfly.com/.
Use the Discount Code: KKFILovesYou for 10% off!!!
"Topeka Freedom Singers" is a micro doc following Rita Chiarelli as she conducts a music workshop at The Topeka Women's Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Rita is a recipient of the 2017 Artist-in-Residency program of Folk Alliance International which sponsored the workshop. The doc was commissioned by FAI and premiered at the annual FAI Conference on February 17th, 2017 ahead of Ani DiFranco's keynote speech.
For more info about Rita, visit: ritachiarelli.com
For more info about FAI, visit: folk.org
Special thanks to Khitam Jabr, Anthony Ladesich, Aengus Finnan and Folk Alliance International for their support in making this happen.