“YOU GAVE ME A SONG” Update

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 Trint.com – 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.