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Thursday, October 30 • 6:30pm - 8:15pm
THE 78 PROJECT

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Directed by Alex Steyermark / 96 min.

Lavinia Jones Wright and director Alex Steyermark are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen from every facet of field recording – Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian – provide insights and history. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in the film share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy. Featured Memphis performers include The Bo-Keys with Percy Wiggins and John Paul Keith.

Preceded by Lomax (dir. Jesse Kreitzer / 12 min.) - In 1941, folklorist Alan Lomax was sent from the Library of Congress to the Mississippi Delta to record an oral history of the Blues. Hauling 500 pounds of recording equipment powered by his car battery, Lomax ventured across nameless roads to discover the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung. 

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Thursday October 30, 2014 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

Attendees (35)