The BeatRoot Coalition is a collective of artists focused on music and documentary filmmaking. Our interests lie at the intersection of music, history and place. The Coalition houses various projects, including the first and foundational project: Oxford Sessions. In June, 2012, Danny Klimetz, Gabriel Scala, Brian Flint and Tim Burkhead joined forces to record local (Oxford, MS) independent artists in a location unique to each artist and in an unplugged format – regardless of genre (we love the acoustic versions of The Cooters’ music, a punk metal band).
In the spring of 2014, and after recording more than 30 independent artists from the region, the group decided to expand the focus of the project and formed The BeatRoot Coalition. The Coalition has added Sessions from a variety of other regions, from the Mississippi Delta to Ghana, West Africa, and includes a collection of Special Sessions with touring and signed artists. In the summer of 2014, The BeatRoot Coalition added full-length documentary filmmaking to its list of projects and began principal photography on a Delta blues documentary.
We are a true collective and value the artistic input of many guest or visiting artists; however, we frequently enjoy working with Yavuz Ozeren, a talented local photographer.
“Oxford Sessions: In the Beginning” highlights our first year filming independent artists in and around the Oxford, Mississippi area. The film was released at the 10th Annual Oxford Film Festival on February 23, 2013. It features The Holy Ghost Electric Show, Robert Earl Reed and Ricky “Harpo” Harpole.