On Tour: Newport News, VA

11 Feb

February 4, 2016 | Winding Stream | Newport News, VA


Tonight’s show was at the spectacular Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Honored to be at another stunning facility and delighted to be in Virginia, the home state of the Carter Family.


The day started by meeting with Dr. John Nichols who teaches English and Film Studies here. He arranged for me to speak to two different classes – one a film theory and culture class he teaches and the other a world music class taught by Dr. Danielle Ward-Griffin. The CNU students were great with good questions and insights. The CNU campus is quite beautiful and the venue for the screening is amazing.


A panel discussion followed the film with Dr. Nichols, Dr. Ward-Griffin and myself fielding questions and also graced by the one of CNU’s classical music students (who also loves country), Sara Maria Finley who elegantly demonstrated the differences in playing that turned a violin into a fiddle. A fun example of the power of music across genres.


The audience was a nice mix of students from CNU and members of the community that support campus events. But one of the nicest parts of the evening for me was meeting an audience member who was from the Hiltons, Virginia area where the Carter Family came from. I was very touched by this woman’s enthusiasm for the film. She explained that she knew the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle and felt the film did them justice. It was extremely validating to have such a response from someone who was so intimately connected to the people and the place.

danielle, beth, sara and john portrait

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


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