American Harmony 2008

American Harmony is a 2008 documentary film by filmmakers Aengus James, Colin Miller, and Kate Amend. American Harmony, the documentary, was initially screened at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2008 International Convention in Nashville. The film is a tribute to the human musical spirit as practiced in the barbershop genre.

It was in production for more than three years and was edited by Kate Amend, the editor of two Oscar-winning documentaries. American Harmony was filmed by James and his camera crews during the Society’s last three international conventions and is interspersed with footage and other graphic elements provided by the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Plot: American Harmony provides an in-depth look at the amazingly rich subculture of a true American art form. It follows the lives of some of the biggest names to emerge from international competition in the Society’s history, as well as providing interviews with many rank-and-file members, referred to as “Joe Barbershoppers.” The film features four prominent Barbershop Society quartets OC Times, Max Q, Vocal Spectrum, and Reveille over a span of years, on stage and at home, in their personal quests for international recognition. “The film is a mixture of obsession, singing, zany comedy and nail-biting competition,” according to writer/director, Aengus James.
Festivals and Awards
* Winner of the Honolulu International Film Festival Super Lei Award.
* Nominated for the 2008 International Documentary Association Best Music Documentary Award.
* Official selection for the Nashville International Film Festival – Apr 16-23, 2009.
* Official selection for the Boulder International Film Festival – Feb 12-15, 2009.
* Official selection for the Sedona International Film Festival – Feb 24 – Mar 1, 2009.




Watch American Harmony 2008 Trailer