"Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues" – New York Times
Post-show Talk with Artists in the Hall
Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters. From 1936-42, Waters documented towns in the South in a collection he called "Movies of Local People." Waters travelled extensively, filming people going about their lives, and then worked with local movie theaters to screen his silent shorts, inviting his subjects for a wholly novel experience—to see themselves on the silver screen.
Originally commissioned by Duke Performing Arts, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait marries Scheinman’s brilliant original live score to Waters' footage, masterfully reworked into a new film by director Finn Taylor. Scheinman and her small ensemble perform a live soundtrack of new songs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany this fascinating footage. The humanity in these images bares a transcendent, universal quality that speaks to any community as much as to the Piedmont region where it was filmed.
Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.