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June 11
Berens River School Cup Song Video (Updated)

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Still image from Berens River School's professional YouTube video

Berens River School Cup Song Video Recording
May 12th to the 16th

Update: The video has gone viral on social media, resulting in over 41,000 hits on YouTube and lots of attention in the media. See the following online news reports that highlight the Berens Rver Cup Song video:
Berens River School students' video goes viral (Winnipeg Free Press, 06/11/2014)
Watch: Remote First Nation's kids create haunting version of Cup Song (Global News, 06/12/2014)
The most powerful take on 'Cups' you may ever hear (Huffington Psot Canada, 06/12/2014)

There was great excitement around the Berens River School all week when a film company visited from Winnipeg and recorded the kids singing and playing their version of Anna Kendrick’s Cup Song, You’re Going To Miss Me When I’m Gone from the movie Pitch Perfect.
 
Scenes were set in the school gymnasium where a huge gathering of students sat in circles playing instruments, singing and, of course, performing the very skilled two-handed cup rhythm first seen in the hit movie. Other scenes were filmed in various locations along the river where the warm sunlight graced Berens River, one of Manitoba’s most beautiful and scenic places to visit. Additional footage was taken in and around the school and even in a dark room.
 
The Cup Song involved many weeks of practice and hard work and proved to be an enjoyable and challenging experience for all the kids from nursery to grade 9.
 
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(L to R) Randy Guest (Director), Nancy Whiteway (Principal), Kenneth Davidson
(Music Teacher), Karen Betenchuk (Vice-Principal) and Tyler Funk (Photographer & Recordist)
 

“It was wonderful to see an entire school collaborate on a single project and work so well together from start to finish,” said Director Randy Guest.
 
Photographer and recordist, Tyler Funk claimed that, “Working with such cooperative and dedicated students made my job an absolute pleasure.”

And music teacher Ken Davidson had this to say:
Early this year I discovered that many of the students had seen the movie and knew the lyrics to the song, and some also had a head start at the hand skills required in the Cup Song; I just kept them focused and guided them along from there.
The video was finished post-production and uploaded to YouTube at http://youtu.be/qKHBLUqNhzE. I’m sure viewers will find that Berens River School is truly blessed with some of the most talented and gifted students in Canada!