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The Librarian and The Banjo documentary debuts - available on DVD

Posted by Jim Carrier on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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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.

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.



5 comments on “The Librarian and The Banjo documentary debuts - available on DVD”

frailin Says:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @7:28:33 AM

Way cool! :)

schlange Says:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @2:20:05 PM

I ordered mine!

Gordy Ohliger Says:
Monday, April 22, 2013 @6:10:12 PM

Hey Jim!
Glad you're doing this.
I pulled off my PBS thing for about half that! ....and the kindness of good people.
Be Well ~ G

rbergesch Says:
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.

vdiazleroy Says:
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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