Private Project

The Drive to Sing

When choir singing became dangerous, even deadly, in the era of COVID-19, some musicians turned to "car choirs" in parking lots to keep their music alive. See how it began, spread and gained international attention. Feel how it touched singers and audiences during this time of fear and isolation.

  • Bryce B. Denney
    Director
  • Kathryn W. Denney
    Producer
    Reasonable Men
  • Justin Lahue
    Producer
    Not on This Night
  • Russell J. Gannon
    Narrator
    Narrator/Translator - Frontline (PBS)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    music, choir, covid, pandemic, church, barbershop
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Lonely Seal Film Festival
    Arlington, MA
    United States
    October 8, 2022
    Audience Award Winner
  • Oniros Film Awards
    New York, NY
    United States
    November 6, 2022
    Best Indie Feature, Best Musical Film, Best 1st Time Director
  • 7th Music Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    November 10, 2022
    South America
    Best documentary about music, Best classical music video
  • Chautauqua International Film Festival
    Ellington, NY
    United States
    August 28, 2022
    New York Premiere
    Best Inspirational Documentary
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 10, 2022
    New Jersey premiere
    Nominated for Best Director of a Documentary
  • Shawna Shea Film Festival
    Worcester, MA
    United States
    September 23, 2022
    Massachusetts Premiere
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • Monadnock International Film Festival
    Keene, NH
    United States
    September 27, 2022
  • Turnpike Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 1, 2022
  • A&E International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 10, 2022
  • Bedford International Film Festival
    Bedford, VA
    United States
    July 2, 2022
    Official Selection
  • New London International Film Festival
    New London, NH
    United States
    January 12, 2023
Director Biography - Bryce B. Denney

Bryce is a microchip verification engineer, pianist, woodworker--and now a film director based in Massachusetts. The restrictions of the pandemic unexpectedly gave him an opportunity to learn new audio/video skills, to meet new people, and to contribute to the arts. The Driveway Choir project and "The Drive to Sing" documentary are an exciting intersection of music, science, problem solving, and connecting with people.

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Director Statement

We never intended to make a film. We just wanted to make music with our friends during the pandemic, and one thing led to another.

My wife Kathryn and I learned how to organize "car choirs" in May 2020, and we helped develop and spread this strange idea to music-starved singers across the US and Canada. Despite being the spotlight of several news stories and features across the country (including The Today Show), nobody was telling the larger story of what we were seeing and feeling as part of this movement. So we bought a 4K camera and started interviewing singers and choir leaders and requesting footage from our new friends online. Seven months later, with a lot of learning and a tremendous amount of help, we've made our first film, this feature-length documentary. We're excited to share it with music lovers everywhere!