Michael Faulkner’s Shu-De! Music Mash-Up Film Makes World Premiere at Nashville Film Festival [News]

Posted on April 30, 2016 by


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Want this fabulous Lada? I will wrestle you for it. credit: Michael Faulkner

“Shu-De!” means “Let’s go!” in Tuvan. Baltimore beatboxer Shodekeh has spent his life mastering new sounds. In Faulkner’s film, when Shodekeh is invited to a music festival and throat singing competition halfway around the world in Kyzyl, Tuva in Siberian Russia honoring the legendary Tuvan throat singer, Kongar-ōl Ondar (who passed away in 2013), Shodekeh sets out on a musical journey that bridges cultures by building on the one instrument they have in common – the human body.

Shodekeh PhotoTrey Hudson

Shodekeh Photo©Trey Hudson

Taking only a small knapsack, Shodekeh journeyed to Tuva to study their music and culture, while sharing his own vocal artistry. During the trip, he participated in a widely varied series of events, created music with Kongar-ōl Ondar, Alash and the Tuvan National Orchestra, competed in an international throat-singing contest, and even took part in Kuresh (the Tuvan sport of wrestling).

The Shepherd Monument  Nick Midwig

The Shepherd Monument © Nick Midwig

The film captures a remarkable physical and human journey, bringing together
disparate cultures with considerably more in common than we might realize yet preserving the unique character of a place literally half a world away from the US.

Shodekeh leads a group of Tuvan teenagers in a popping and locking demo, and he develops a form of throat singing of his own that combines his beatboxing skills. The crew sets up and records numerous live performances in nature combining Western and Tuvan instruments and vocal styles.

Another star of the film is the striking, diverse Tuvan landscape—which varies from moonscape to wind- scrubbed steppe to icy mountains to leafy suburbs and even rain forest—all the earth’s biomes but one are represented in the republic and DP Trey Hudson captures them all vividly. As the musicians and crew traverse through it all, Shodekeh observes, engages, enchants, teaches and learns, leaving himself and Tuva forever changed.

Featuring performances by Kongar-ōl Ondar; Shodekeh; Alash Ensemble; the Tuvan National Orchestra; Hazmat Modine, Garth Stevenson, Annie Lynch, Ugulza, Andrey Mongush,and Mayya Dupchuur with dance performances by Ayas Dopa (featured on Russian So You Think You Can Dance) and Tuvan B-boy crew – The Frostbite Hazard Boozoot Crew.

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