I am happy to announce the birth of my newest project: THE LIBRARIAN AND THE BANJO, a one-hour documentary on Dena Epstein's monumental work to uncover the African roots of the banjo.
It premiered in Madison April 14, 2013 to a sold-out crowd, and the film is now available on DVD. Details about the movie, clips and reviews, and ordering instructions are on my Web site. www.jimcarrier.com/librarian.
This work was a labor of love. Independent filmmaking is about as lucrative as playing the banjo! I was fortunate to receive $6,700 in grants, which covered half of what I spent on travel and expenses.
TheDVD of the movie contains bonus chapters on minstrel banjo playing with Bob Winans, the poignant Scott Didlake - Pete Ross gourd banjo story, and a wonderful "mini-movie" about one woman's effort to introduce the banjo to kids of color in Oakland, California.
If you have any questions, check out the Web site, or email me.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @7:28:33 AM
Way cool! :)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @2:20:05 PM
I ordered mine!
Gordy Ohliger Says:
Monday, April 22, 2013 @6:10:12 PM
Glad you're doing this.
I pulled off my PBS thing for about half that! ....and the kindness of good people.
Be Well ~ G
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @9:38:23 AM
To anyone who is curious,I ordered a copy a few weeks ago. Video is primarily about a very determined lady who made it much of her life's work to elucidate the African origins of our favorite instrument. Great pictures, great interviews, and a great story about an interesting woman and the banjo.
Friday, August 30, 2013 @6:44:43 PM
I ordered my copy as soon as it was available and just watched it tonight. What a beautiful story. And I so appreciate the mini segments. I actually cried after I'd watched through everything because others had been able to put into words what I have been feeling. Thank you for this piece of history.
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