Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Documentary: Floating Dancer: The Story of Robert Dotson, the Walking Step, and the Green Grass Cloggers

March 1, 2016

 

Floating Dancer: The Story of Robert Dotson, the Walking Step, and the Green Grass Cloggers acquaints viewers with Robert Dotson and the Walking Step, a percussive dance step the Green Grass Cloggers deciphered from Robert’s flatfooting style of dancing in 1978 and helped spread far beyond Robert’s home community of Sugar Grove, NC, where he lived for the majority of his 91 years (May 13, 1923 – January 13, 2015). Teaching the Walking Step has proved to be an effective way for the NC-based Green Grass Cloggers and other clogging teams to introduce new dancers to flatfooting and clogging at festivals and workshops in several states and countries.

© 2016 Pilcrow, Possum & Persimmon. Directed by Leanne E. Smith. Produced by Leanne E. Smith & M. Chad Smith. Edited by M. Chad Smith & Leanne E. Smith.

Read more here about the Green Grass Cloggers
http://www.greengrasscloggers.com

 

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Legends of Folk: The Village Scene (PBS) documentary on the folk music revival of 1960s

November 16, 2015

Email subscribers need to click on the title of this post to see the YouTube thumbnail. LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE celebrates the folk movement in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, featuring rare and stunning performances. Books on this era have been posted previously in OTP, because Jon Bekoff was fascinated with the folk revival in the village in the 60s. e.g., https://oldtimeparty.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/folk-city/

YouTube-accessible Documentary on Dena Epstein, the Jewish librarian whose book on slave music proved Africans brought the banjo to the New World

November 15, 2015

This 56-minute documentary is to me something Jon Bekoff would call “made with love,” his expression for non-fictional works that are both profoundly scholarly and attentive to the human spirit. Read Jon’s 2014 post on Dena’s life and work after she died. https://wordpress.com/post/9156583/10647/

John Engle

February 5, 2015

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from www.kentpriestley.com:

Emulating Tommy Jarrell’s fiddling style had  become a single-minded

for John Engle. He had spent the past few years breaking it down to its smallest units

and rebuilding it into a comprehensive sound.
He clicked on a folder. Inside were scores of files, each titled according to the individual
numbers in Jarrell’s repertoire. Engle moved the pointer to one labeled “June Apple” and
clicked. It opened to reveal a string of triangles arranged across the screen, pointing either up
or down. The scheme didn’t look like much, but Engle explained all that had gone into it:
With the help of a piece of computer software, he had slowed each of the tunes down to
a more accessible speed.
At night, with head-hones on, he had listened to every note of every tune, alert to subtle cues
of bow-direction, turning each note over and examining it from every side with an almost
curatorial attention to detail.
“I have what I would describe as ‘fast’ hearing,” he explained. “It’s analogous to a sampling rate
in the recording process. You take five seconds of music, and a typical person’s brain hears it and
builds an image with that.  Me, I take 1,500 or 2,000 samples of that same five seconds and build
an image with that. But even at half-speed, with Tommy’s fiddling you still have a tremendous
amount of information going by you.”