The Smiffenpoofs: A History of Female A Cappella
The Smiffenpoofs: A History of Female A Cappella (2015) is a short film documentary that journeys back to 1936 when a group of Yale students, The Whiffenpoofs, attended a picnic at Smith College in Northampton, MA. The Whiffenpoofs had previously developed their reputation of delivering music and entertainment to their surrounding community. When Jeanne Thayer Clapp and Suzanne Becton Chapman saw The Whiff's perform they were so impressed by their musicality and comradery that they decided to form their own group. The enlisted six other women rehearse a few times a week, perform and, laugh. This was the birth of the first traditionally all-female collegiate a cappella group in the United States: The Smiffenpoofs.The film goes on the explore the influences and trajectory of the group's history, touching upon topics various topics including the women's movement, the birth of MTV, changing demographics and other cultural shifters. The goal of this film is to acknowledge and understand the culture behind a traditionally all-female a cappella group. The film offers a unique view into the experiences across generations of women, relating to their commitment and love for their community. There is nothing like it.
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Festival Screening Date/Time (Daily Schedule)
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 - 3:00 pm - Palace Theatre
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Award Nominees 2016 (2016 List)