Film News


Alice, Kay Justice, and Ginny Hawker recording a new album up in Floyd, VA.

There is much to share about our latest film, YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD.

First, we are very excited to have a teaser video up and running to introduce you to Alice and just a bit about her musical journey. Thanks to D.L. Anderson for big help with the edit on this. We launched this little video at the start of our successful Old Time Crowdfunding Campaign.  A really big shout out to Executive Producer Ashley Melzer for her creative, purposeful, multidisciplinary work on many fronts. As we look to finish the film in 2018, we invite you to connect with us and the film, sign up for our Newsletter,  and make a donation to the film via our amazing, one-of-a-kind fiscal sponsor, the Southern Documentary Fund.

Alice walking the red carpet with Laurie Lewis (and with Kenny shooting) at the IBMA Awards Show.

The film is in the latter stages of production and the very early stages of post production. Over the past year Kenny has shot over 50 hours of footage capturing Alice playing music, collaborating and performing with other musicians, recording new albums, teaching old time music workshops, and training her very talented dog Polly.  He has also shot many hours of interviews with cinematographer Warren Gentry.  Kenny is also following Alice’s work on a book project which draws from the amazing images in her photo archive and will include written reflections on her musical journey.

In the coming months, Kenny and cinematographer Warren Gentry will be shooting interviews with Alice’s children, musicians Sparky Rucker and Cathy Fink, and others; and Kenny will be documenting Alice’s ongoing book project work and upcoming performances and special events.
We are also excited to be moving forward with transcriptions and pre-editing grunt work as well as ongoing archival research. Thanks to D.L. Anderson for  introducing Kenny to – an online transcription service that has helped us move things along. Trint allows us to upload interviews, like the Andy Cahan interview above, and get a pretty clean transcript in just a few minutes. Wow! We then are able to edit, make notes, and add the time code numbers needed for future use in post.

Please sign up for our Newsletter and follow our progress.  Finally, please consider making a tax deductible donation to YOU GAVE ME A SONG to help us share Alice’s incredible story.


“Bending Sticks” re-broadcasts on UNC-TV and the World Channel

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty continues air dates on UNC-TV and beyond as part of the Reel South Series.

Upcoming broadcasts coming Thurs., April 13 @ 10pm on UNC-TV and Wed., May 31 @ 8pm on UNC-TV’s NC Channel. For folks living beyond the UNC-TV airways, you can also look for air times on the WORLD Channel.

Reel South has launched it’s second season with some amazing films. Check them out.


Peace In Our Pockets Now Streaming!

You can now watch Peace In Our Pockets on Youtube & Vimeo!
We are making the film widely available to support important peace work locally and globally.PIOP Card

There is much peace work to do in 2017 and the years ahead –
– Kenyans prepare for national elections
North Carolinians work to protect voting rights
and secure and expand civil and human rights
– and people around the world are committing to build more peaceful, healthy, thriving families and communities.

We hope hope the film offers inspiration and strategies to peacebuilders around the world.

We invite university and college instructors and students to watch via Kanopy Streaming.

A WEAVERLY PATH at La Triennale Internationale Des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2016

A Weaverly Path screened at La Triennale Internationale Des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2016 as part of a new film series that explores, contemporary, enthnocultural, and historical textile arts.  The series was presented in collaboration with the Cultural Diffusion Centres of the Outaouais.

This is a great gathering with some amazing exhibitions and project.  “Own Our Own Time V” is a performance art piece in the form of monumental knitting and several In-Situ Art Installations are especially exciting collaborative projects. la-triennale-des-arts-textiles-2016

“PEACE IN OUR POCKETS” Screens at Human District 2016 in Belgade

Thanks to HUMAN DISTRICT 2016 – The International Film Festival of Human Rights for inviting us to screen in Belgrade on June 24th @ 19:55hrs. We are very excited to share our film at this festival that selects a diverse program of amazing films, films that foster respect of human rights and advocate for protecting human and civil rights. HumanDistrict2016

“Shine On” and “Go Fast, Turn Left” Now Available on Vimeo

We are excited to share via video stream two of our first documentaries celebrating two rich traditions and communities in the American South.

Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues and Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange County Speedway are available for rent and purchase on Vimeo.

Vimeo Shine On PageDalsheimer and Hysjulien have captured the memory of one man’s experience. And in doing so, they salute not the heroes of the blues, but the hundreds of players who never made it big, yet nonetheless made it real.
– Roberta Penn, Independent Weekly

Shine On is well rounded and intimate portrait of Trice and a rich chronicle of his apprenticeship during a unique time and place in American musical history. Recommended for all music collections.
– Library Journal, May 2000

Vimeo GoFastTurnLeftLike a driver finding ‘the groove’ on a race track, Go Fast, Turn Left accomplishes a great deal in a very short time and leaves the viewer wanting more. The fastest three eighths-mile track in the South has finally received the kind of recognition it deserves.
– Southern Cultures, Spring 1999

“Most fans will enjoy the great vintage home movies of early races, the lively music, and insightful views into the world of small town racing. Recommended for public libraries, especially in southern states.
– Video Librarian, 1999