Three Miles Lost, the Colleges’ female a cappella group, has received an outpouring of support and national attention for the music video they created to accompany their original rendition of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated song, “Til it Happens to You.” The video is competing in the Sing for Survivors national contest to combat sexual assault. Click here to vote for the video to be selected as a top three finalist in the competition.
“The amount of feedback we’ve received is amazing, but more importantly we’ve been able to give a voice to survivors,” says Three Miles Lost Member Jessica Bishop ’16. “That’s the reason we made the video. It provided us with an opportunity to express in an artistic, creative and new way that we’re standing up for something that we believe in, and that we stand with survivors.”
Since becoming public on Feb. 29, the video has received more than 217,000 views on YouTube, and was featured in articles on the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, The Odyssey and NPR’s WXXI News. Lady Gaga also shared the video in a Twitter post, which received almost 4,000 retweets and more than 7,800 likes. Bishop says from across the country, the feedback from survivors has been overwhelming, with many individuals thanking them for “starting the conversation.”
Three Miles Lost also partnered with the Title IX Office to organize an It’s On Us rally that was held on March 22 at the Smith Opera House. The event included powerful live performances by Three Miles Lost, as well as Perfect Third, Hip~NotiQs, Kathleen Fawkes ’18 and a dance piece choreographed by Morgan Drake ’16.
The Three Miles Lost video features more than 100 HWS students, faculty, staff and administrators who came together to show support for the cause, including: President Mark D. Gearan, Title IX Coordinator Susan Lee, Chaplain Maurice Charles, William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward, Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, and representatives from Hobart and William Smith Athletics, Pride, Mosaic NY, Campus Safety, Dining Services, Sigma Chi, Chi Phi, Kappa Alpha, HWS Dance, and the HWS Deans, among other campus groups.
The video was recently selected as one of the top 14 videos. Public voting for the top three finalists runs through Friday, April 1. For information about the contest hosts, visit the Hunting Ground Film website.
The group’s original rendition of the song was arranged by Nick Bombicino and filmed by Bree von Bradsky ’16. The top three videos will be chosen by popular vote, and the winning video will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges and announced on Friday, April 1. Videos are judged on vocal and visual performance.
The competition is sponsored by the White House’s “It’s on Us” campaign, ROK Mobile, and by “The Hunting Ground” film, a documentary that exposes sexual assaults on college and university campuses and that features the song “Til it Happens to you.”
Jacki Zehner, one of the executive producers of the film, “The Hunting Ground,” commented on the video via YouTube: “I want you to know that the whole team has seen this. I cannot speak on behalf of everyone, but on behalf of me, thank you. May this be an example for all universities. Your talent is amazing.”