The music video created by the Colleges’ all-female a cappella group, Three Miles Lost, has been named as one of just three finalists in the national “Sing for Survivors” contest to combat sexual assault. To enter the contest – which will announce the winning video on Wednesday, April 6 – the group created a music video to accompany their original rendition of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated song, “Til it Happens to You.”
The Three Miles Lost video was chosen by popular vote from a pool of 14 semi-finalist videos. Judged on vocal and visual performance, the winning group will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges including: LL COOL J, Pentatonix, Cynthia Germanotta, David Foster, Catherine Hardwicke, Trudy Green, Bonnie Greenberg and Diane Warren.
The first place group gets a Skype session with Pentatonix, a video master class and discussion with eight-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren and 16-time Grammy winner David Foster; a video chat session with award-winning music supervisor and executive producer of “Til It Happens To You” Bonnie Greenberg and Trudy Green; and will have its video submission shared by ROK Mobile.
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.
Since sharing the video on YouTube on Feb. 29, it has received nearly 241,000 views and was featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, 13WHAM News and NPR, among other outlets. Lady Gaga also shared the video in a Twitter post, which received almost 4,000 retweets and more than 7,800 likes.
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 group’s original rendition of the song was arranged by Nick Bombicino and filmed by Bree von Bradsky ’16.