“Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait” features a live band, dynamic lights, songs with words, instrumentals, all happening in full view of the audience at the front of the stage while the movie and its own dynamic sound design score plays on the screen.

This show is part of one of five activities surrounding this unique event. Purchase the $50 ticket to attend the pre-show reception,  the live 7PM performance, and the post-show Q&A. The $15 ticket admits you to the performance and Q&A. 

In this new live music and film piece, acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936-42. The show features a live band, dynamic lights, songs with words, instrumentals, all happening in full view of the audience at the front of the stage while the movie and its own dynamic sound design score plays on the screen. The performers are Ms. Scheinman on vocals and fiddle, Robbie Gjersoe on vocals and resonator guitar, and Robbie Fulks on banjo and vocals (recently nominated for two Grammys!)

Waters’s films are of regular people going about their lives – mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a war-time headline, children racing in slow motion toward a huge wooden teeter totter. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have re-edited these iconic images to Scheinman’s music, and created a new movie that speaks to any community as much as to the towns where it was filmed.

The full slate of Waters’ movies – the only such collection from an itinerant American filmmaker of the era – are now housed at Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Scheinman employs her formidable musical ingenuity to make a stirring new presentation drawing from this rich artifact of American cinema.

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Stay after the performance for a post-show Q&A with Jenny Scheinman, moderated by Concord-based documentary filmmaker John Gfroerer.

This event is 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. 

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