Film News

“You Gave Me a Song” World Premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2019

We did it! A sold-out house of over 1000 people joined us on April 7, 2019 for our World Premiere of You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham. Thanks so much to Full Frame for hosting us. Historic Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre was packed with friends, family, and Alice fans of all ages. The post screening mini-performance by Alice, Jim Watson, Cliff Hale, and Tatiana Hargreaves.

Kenny Dalsheimer (Director/Producer), Alice Gerrard, and Ashley Melzer (Producer) smiling and sharing in Q&A post screening
Kenny Dalsheimer (Director/Producer), Alice Gerrard, and Ashley Melzer (Producer) smiling and sharing in Q&A post screening

Alice Gerrard, Cliff Hale, and Jim Watson perform following Full Frame screening in Fletcher Hall, Carolina Theatre Durham

Oh, and there was more icing on the cake. A wonderful post screening celebration of Alice and her music and the launch of the film at NorthStar Church of the Arts. Check out our photo gallery for highlights!

Alice Gerrard, Mike Taylor, Phil Cook, and others performing at NorthStar Church of the Arts, Durham

Our film team is busy submitting to film and music festivals, exploring exciting partnerships for screenings and programming in 2019 and beyond, negotiating music licensing, and cutting a new film trailer. Please sign up for our Newsletter to stay in the loop on upcoming screenings, events, happenings. Finally, consider making a tax-deductible donation to this great project. We need these funds to share the film far and wide with folks across the US and around the world. If you have questions about donating or about our plans for the film, contact us here.

“A Weaverly Path” and Silvia Heyden Tapestries at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC

We’re excited to share about an exhibit of Silvia Heyden tapestries and a screening of A WEAVERLY PATH in Raleigh, NC.  The Lee Hansley Gallery curated a beautiful selection of Silvia’s tapestries for an exhibit at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts from October 2, 2018 through February 2, 2019. We will have a special reception and a screening of A WEAVERLY PATH on October 16th from 5:30-7:30pm.  More info about the exhibit can be found here.



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