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The Winding Stream – the Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music

The Carter FamilySunday, April 10th, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special documentary screening of The Winding Stream – the Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music. The documentary was nearly ten years in the making and contains some of the last interviews with Janette Carter, Joe Carter, and Johnny Cash. There will be music by Eugene Wolfe & Friends both before and after the screening. A question and answer panel will follow the screening.

The Film, “The Winding Stream,” at Snowy Owl Theater This Evening

The Winding StreamThe Carters, the Cashes and the course of country music, The Winding Stream tells the saga of the family at the heart of country music. With special guest, filmmaker Beth Harrington, plus a special musical appearance by Chuck Egner and Friends! There is a stream that courses through American roots music. Its source is in the Appalachian foothills in a place called Maces Springs, Virginia.

Documentary Now Filming to Recreate Historic Bristol Sessions

Bristol SessionsBristol, TN/VA -- Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine and a crew from Plan A films, based in Asheville, North Carolina, are in Bristol filming local artists and actors participating in a documentary film celebrating the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Legendary Folk Documentarian John Cohen at BCM

John Cohen by Ed GrazdaBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is honored to host legendary filmmaker, musicologist, and photographer John Cohen to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) for a screening of his documentary The High Lonesome Sound, followed by a question and answer session with Cohen about his long and fascinating career. The event will take place Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Theater at the museum.

“In the Hills and Hollows” Documentary Kickstarter Campaign Launched

In the Hills and HollowsShepherdstown, WV -- Filmmaker Keely Kernan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a feature film, based in West Virginia, that documents the impact of the fossil fuel industries. West Virginia has fueled America since the early 19th century when the coal industry began dominating the state. In the southern part of the state, the counties that produce the most coal are some of the poorest counties in the United States. Now there is another fossil fuel industry operating on some of the oldest mountains on earth – fracking for natural gas.

Premiere of "Revival: The Sam Bush Story" April 21

Revival: The Sam Bush StoryThe "Father of Newgrass," Sam Bush, took bluegrass music into a new dimension. Not many people can say they fathered a whole genre of music. The new film Revival: The Sam Bush Story, explores that pioneering journey. Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians — yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend. Starring Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, John Cowan, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Hoffman, Greensky Bluegrass, Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury, Jeff Austin, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Jerry Douglas and others.

CANCELLED: Kentucky Filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson to Screen Thomas Merton Documentary

Thomas Merton DocumentaryOwensboro, Ky., -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host a film screening and open discussion Wednesday, March 11, with Kentucky film maker Morgan Atkinson, for his latest project, The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton.

How to Grow a Band Limited Edition 2 CD Set Released

How to Grow a BandHow to Grow a Band is a documentary film about Punch Brothers. The deluxe, limited-edition version of How to Grow a Band is now available. The two-disc set contains three hours of previously unreleased bonus material and makes a handsome holiday gift for any Punch Brothers completist or lover of single-camera documentary. And it’s a must own for graduate students hoping to successfully defend their Punch Brothers dissertations.

Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Documentary) Premieres Nov 20

Bela Fleck PerformingOn Thursday, November 20 at the IFC Center in New York City, 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck will premiere his new documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concert (Argot Pictures). The screening begins at 7:15pm and runs 96 minutes, followed by a Q&A with Béla. “Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto” follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. An intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, “How to Write a Banjo Concerto” features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla’s.

Documentary A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers

The Osborne BrothersBobby and Sonny Osborne — better known as The Osborne Brothers — have forged a musical legacy that has made them superstars across both the bluegrass and country genres. Their well-loved 1967 anthem "Rocky Top" brought the pair worldwide fame and cemented their place in musical history. A new documentary by independent filmmaker Russ Farmer documents the storied careers of the Osbornes, who grew up in Hyden, Ky., and went on to become the first bluegrass band to perform in the White House. A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers premiered last Tuesday on KET. Watch your local listings for rebroadcast dates.

Dave Evans Documentary in Search of Memorabilia

Dave EvansRed Line Studios has posted a request on BluegrassNation.org for memorabilia about "Last of the Breed" Dave Evans. The items are requested for Last of the Breed, a feature length documentary film about singer and songwriter Dave Evans of Eastern Kentucky. The producers are seeking your help.

Museum to Premiere "POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered"

Bill MonroeOwensboro, KY -- The long-awaited premiere of a powerful new documentary produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY takes place at 9:00 PM EDST on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 on Kentucky Educational Television. POWERFUL: Bill Monroe Remembered tells the poignant, riveting story of Ohio County, KY native Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music, through the remembrances of dozens of his "Blue Grass Boys," the name given to the 161 sidemen and women who, at various times, were members of his band from the 1940s until his death in 1996.

DVD Release of The Hayloft Gang Documentary

The Hayloft Gang DVDThe Hayloft Gang traces the history of the pioneering radio show, The National Barn Dance, and examines its role in shaping American music and popular culture. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance is a one – hour documentary that tells the story of a changing America, through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs. The film’s lively soundtrack features over 70 songs, spanning from the mid 1920s to the Great Depression, through World War II. The radio show was a melting pot of Americana music; listeners could hear everything from mountain string bands and polka trios, to folk balladeers and cowboy crooners.

At The Feed & Seed Awarded Best Documentary

Lonesome Will Mullins BandAt The Feed & Seed, an independent film written and directed by April Janow and Dax Cuesta, recently won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, held April 3-13, 2014 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At The Feed & Seed, also a Best Music Documentary nominee, was screened at the historic Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was followed by a rousing bluegrass and claw-hammer banjo performance by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys, one of the film’s featured bands.

Lonesome Will Mullins Featured in At the Feed & Seed Documentary

Lonesome Will Mullins BandLonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys are the featured band in the documentary At the Feed & Seed about the historic Feed & Seed building in Fletcher NC. The building serves as a church on Sunday and a bluegrass venue on Friday and Saturday nights. April Janow and Dax Cuesta of SIC Films are the producers. The film will be making it's debut at the Bear Bones Film & Music Festival in Muskogee, OK on April 5th, along with a performance by the band, which consists of Will Mullins , Adam Burrows, Jake Burrows and Dorse Sears.

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