On Tour: Greenvale, NY

3 Feb

February 2, 2016 | The Winding Stream | Greenvale, NY

Yesterday I flew into JFK from Portland, Oregon to begin screening my film, The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music as one of the selections on the On Screen/In Person tour. The film tells the story of this foundational family at the heart of country music and their influence on generations of musicians.

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Long Island University’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts was the first stop on the tour and it is a gorgeous venue. A gallery of black and white photos on the Center’s perimeter suggests its prestigious history: everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Lily Tomlin to Bernadette Peters to Zubin Mehta to Natalie Cole to Yo-Yo Ma to James Taylor have played here. Perhaps not coincidentally in a few weeks the Center will welcome Rosanne Cash who figures prominently in The Winding Stream.

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It’s a thrill to know your film will cosmically rub shoulders with the greats.

The audience tonight was engaged and inquisitive. People asked about the genesis of the project (answer: I had made a previous music documentary about women rockabilly singers that lead me down the path to the Carter Family as a topic), about why it took so long to make the film (short answer: extreme challenges finding the necessary funding), and whether I was going to make more music documentaries (short answer: I’d like to. Except for the part about raising money).

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But the most interesting question of the night was one that spurred an interesting discussion: “Why couldn’t members of the family – presumably people with some resources – fund the film?”  And I explained something that is often lost in our market-driven entertainment field. Documentaries are journalism and accepting money from our subjects is a conflict of interest.

This came as a surprise for some folks and I was glad for the opportunity to underscore this tenet of documentary ethics.

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Tomorrow I fly to Newport News, Virginia in advance of our next screening Thursday, February 4 at Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.

Post by On Screen/In Person touring filmmaker Beth Harrington.

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