Get Reel @ The MAC: Give me the BanjoFebruary 14, 2013
Preceded by Murder at 777 Evening Street a short student film the MAC’s Intro to Filmmaking Class
Give me the Banjo
Directed by Marc Fields
NR; 90 minutes; 2011
A comprehensive look at a quintessential American musical instrument, the banjo, from its African roots to contemporary jazz and into the 21st century.
Narrated by Steve Martin, Give Me the Banjo brings together contemporary players—including Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Don Vappie, Abigail Washburn and The Carolina Chocolate Drops—with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.
Columbus International Film + Video Festival: 2012 Silver Chris Award, Art Division http://chrisawards.org/
The Banjo Project is a cross-media cultural odyssey: a major television documentary, a live stage/multi-media performance, and a website that chronicle the journey of America’s quintessential instrument—the banjo—from its African roots to the 21st century. It’s a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (the Project’s Music Director), one of the most acclaimed acoustic musicians of his generation. DVD of program with 30 mins of bonus content available from New Video/Docurama – http://www.docurama.com/docurama/give-me-the-banjo/
The Banjo Project website — www.thebanjoproject.org
Come early for Art Off the Square, our FREE monthly 3rd Sunday Open House. Join in a Drumming Circle in the Main Gallery as guest artists Freda Abbott-Ayodele and Yvonne Mumin lead an African Drum & Dance informal workshop. Bring a drum; some percussion instruments will be available. Open to the public, all ages are welcome!