A First Posting for 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post on a new website at the start of a new decade.  Here’s a recap from 2019 and highlights of what’s coming up in 2020.

The Birthing of a New Film: YOU GAVE ME A SONG

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Q&A
Kenny Dalsheimer, Alice Gerrard, and Producer Ashley Melzer at our Full Frame Q&A
2019 saw the release of a very special film about the life and music of Alice Gerrard.  This filmmaking journey has been so rewarding — professionally, personally, emotionally, and musically.  I’m grateful to Alice for her ongoing support and friendship and to so
many generous  film supporters and our fabulous film team.  
You Gave Me A Song: the Life and Music of Alice Gerrard
Our super cool film poster designed by Phil Blank
We had over one thousand people attend our hometown premiere in April at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival here in Durham, NC, and then took the film to the Woods Hole Film FestivalDocutah Film Festival, Mill Valley Film FestivalNashville Film FestivalMilwaukee Film Festival, Sound Unseen, St. Louis International Film Festival, and Carrboro Film Festival
And to top it all off, we brought home two awards from the IndieMemphis Film Festival – the Soul of Southern Film Award, an honor selected from all the narrative and documentary films, and the Audience Award in the ‘Sounds’ category.
I’m excited for these upcoming screenings: at The Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA on Feb. 13th and the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA on April 5th; across the South in April as part of  Southern Circuit, a project of South Arts;
She Changed the World: North Carolina Women Breaking Barriers, a project of the NC Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources
and across North Carolina as part of
She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers and Come Hear North Carolina, two exciting projects of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Presenting Sponsor of  You Gave Me a Song. I’ll have more news about festivals, broadcast, and our DVD release in the coming months. 

A New Website and Streaming Docs

If you’re reading this, you’ve arrived to my new website. Thanks to folks at Registered Creative here in Durham for their good work in building this new and improved site. The remodel was long overdue and includes a Streaming  Store
The Groove Productions Streaming Store
where you can watch Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty, A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden, Peace in Our Pockets, A New Kind of Listening, Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project, Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues, and my very first film, Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange County Speedway.  If you prefer to purchase a DVD documentary for home, school, college, library, or as a gift, you can buy them here at the website store.
During the year ahead, I’ll continue the work of sharing and distributing You Gave Me a Song and other films, use my video production talents to support voting rights and social & climate justice efforts leading up to the November elections, explore and research for my next doc project, and hopefully write more posts. 
Wishing you a year ahead filled with peace, democracy building, planet greening, good health, creativity, and love.
– KD