Strummers will explore the history of the ukulele, the instrument’s place in popular culture, and the infectiously joyful effect ukulele music seems to have on both players and audiences.

The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere will be featured in this new documentary, currently in production.  The film will reveal the origins of the group and how playing the ukulele became their passion.

 

The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere is a 20-member strong “wall of sound”.  The orchestra plays Los Angeles landmarks like McCabe’s in Santa Monica, The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena and the historic El Cid Restaurant in Silverlake – where they played their very first gig when the orchestra was formed six years ago. Performing an eclectic mix of rock classics, pop tunes, original compositions and mashups, the group only has one rule in terms of repertoire: no music originally played on ukulele.  

 

The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere


 

  

Anne Davis O’Neal

Producer/Director Anne Davis O’Neal specializes in arts-related documentaries.  Her first full-length feature documentary “Sing Your Own Song: an Opera Love Story” had its broadcast premiere July 3rd, 2016 on PBS SoCal.  Anne gained her technical background working in television production at Disney.  Anne has created short films for non-profit arts organizations, educational programs and documented live theatrical productions.