Jazz musician and composer Xhosa Cole presents his first short film, a collaboration with animator Shiyi Li, as well as a re-score for Sidewalk Stories.
In the summer of 2020, Xhosa Cole attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham city centre. The resulting experience left a profound mark, and inspired him to pen a monologue reflecting his thoughts and his own personal experience of the occasion.
Intertwining his own music into a recording of the monologue, Xhosa collaborated with Birmingham-based animator Shiyi Li -the two of them worked together to produce a beguiling, free-flowing, and absorbing short film called Stationary Peaceful Protest, which is both powerful and evocative.
Sidewalk Stories Re-score
Remaking a film by one of cinema’s genuine masters is perhaps an audacious thing to do, but remaking a Charlie Chaplin film, 70 years on, without sound or colour, is ludicrous...right? Well, American filmmaker and actor Charles Lane did just that, and pulled off one of the very best, yet rarely seen comedies of the last 30 years, with his film Sidewalk Stories, a retelling of Chaplin’s 1921 classic The Kid.
Winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2018 and Jazz FM’s Breakthrough Act of the Year 2020, Cole presents the world premiere of his first live feature film score with a talented 8-piece ensemble.
We’re enormously grateful to The Feeney Trust for their support in making this commission possible.