One Voice releases Friday May 8th. Tune into Channel 9 at 8pm to catch the broadcast.
One Voice illuminates a group of people from diverse faiths, races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and lifestyles, all with a common goal: to bring joy and inspiration to the stage through black gospel music.
Delving into the lives of four Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir members and the story behind their artistic director Terrance Kelly who is the son of the late Ed Kelly, a prominent Oakland jazz pianist.
Terrance Kelly cites his family as the driving force behind his musical ability. Coming from a place of inclusion and acceptance, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir members are able to bridge their differences, and embrace the celebrations and challenges that arise along the way.
With a rich history that spans three decades, OIGC has inspired audiences all over the world. The choir delivers its world-class music across the globe, thrilling concert attendees at renowned venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Molde International Jazz Festival. Yet it stays true to its Oakland roots, lifting the spirits of the homeless, elderly, and inmates throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From its humble beginning to OIGC’s 30th anniversary celebration on the historic Paramount Theatre stage, this choir continues to circulate musical excellence through the manifestation of One Voice.
One Voice: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Choir is directed by Spencer Wilkinson. Spencer is the founder of Endangered Ideas, a film production company focused on stories of resilience and based in Oakland, California. In 2018, he directed the feature-length "ONE VOICE: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir" which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2018, was presented by the Berkeley Film Foundation, and featured on PBS News Hour's 'Brief But Spectacular' series. He is the director and producer of "Alice Street". He is currently in pre-production on his feature-length documentary, "The Day Before Hip Hop" about the Oakland Boogaloo street dance of the 1970s.
Spencer's films have presented at the Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival and Artivist Film Festival, among many others.
executive producer MARY FORD
co-producers JED RIFFE & MARK R. DESAULNIER
editors JESSE ANDREW CLARK & ANGELA REGINATO
finishing editor MAUREEN GOSLING
archivist MARLENE ‘MO’ MORRIS
animation STEFAN GUSTAFSSON
original compositions TERRANCE KELLY
additional compositions JAY WILLIAMS
audio post-production IMRSV SOUND and BERKELEY SOUND ARTISTS