2012 NYC Vimeo Festival Starts With a Country Jungle Motown Reggae Cheese Song

Last night, the 2012 Vimeo Festival Awards were hosted at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts just south of Washington Square Park. Accolades were given for more than a dozen categories including documentary, motion graphics, experimental video, captured, action sports and a newly featured lyrical genre.

Young creative types in checkered shirts and TOMS shoes shared some genuine and some irritatingly pretentious displays of humility while gushing their 2-minute thank you speeches at the mic.

One of the highlights and saving graces of the $60 event (I took advantage of a last-minute free ticket offering) came from the London-grown musician beatboxer, Beardyman (birth name, Darren Foreman) who used his notorious live looping skills to improv a mixed-genre country, reggae, motown, jungle ditty — about cheese.

All of the genres — and the song theme itself — were chosen on the fly by random audience participants. Above is our video of him showing off his chops. The jam session was later joined by the clever Brooklyn-based comedian and musician, Reggie Watts.

The film festival continues through Saturday and will feature several screenings, speakers and workshops. Advanced tickets are sold out, but you may still have a chance to get in.

(Video: Justin Durazzo)