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At the age of eighty-three, old time and bluegrass music legend Alice Gerrard continues to perform, teach, write music, and, when time allows, work on a book project that draws from her personal photo archive and unique musical journey. The film captures Gerrard performing with friends and collaborators and celebrates her contributions to the cultural revolutions of the 20th century
– breaking new ground for women in bluegrass with singing partner Hazel Dickens
and challenging segregation during an interracial music tour across the South.

As she looks back, Alice balances all of the riches in her life and continues to create music that defies easy categorization, celebrates tradition and modernity, and inspires the next generation of Americana musicians. 

 

 

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Kenny Dalsheimer | Director Kenny is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media educator based in Durham, North Carolina. He founded The Groove Productions in 1996 when he began producing documentaries and community video.  His films, Go Fast, Turn LeftVoices from Orange Country Speedway (1997) and Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues (2000), screened across North Carolina as part of the NC Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. He co-directed and shot Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project (2007) which screened at festivals around the world and aired across the southeast on PBS.  His disability rights film, A New Kind of Listening (2009), received national recognition in 2010 from TASH as recipient of the Positive Images in Media Award.  A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden (2011) and Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty (2012), offer immersive portraits of internationally recognized NC artists. His most recent film, Peace in Our Pockets (2016) celebrates the peacebuilding work of Kenyan activists in the lead up to Kenya's 2013 elections. Kenny received his M.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and taught at Carolina Friends School between 1986–1996.

Ashley Melzer | Executive Producer Ashley Melzer is a producer and media-maker living in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has been featured in Indy WeekWondering SoundPaste MagazineeMusicThe Carrboro Citizen, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. She’s served as Associate Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival, Associate Artistic Director of DSI Comedy Theater, and Marketing and Operations Manager of Innovate Raleigh. She currently serves as Multimedia Editor for the Southern Cultures Journal and is working one a new short documentary using archival footage from renowned folklorist Dr. William R Ferris. She is the founder of Mettlesome, a creative, project based collective, for which she performs, directs, writes and teaches comedy. 

DL Anderson | Associate Producer Founder and partner at Vittles, a film production company creating and promoting character-driven documentaries with the mission of “sustenance through storytelling.” After more than a decade as an award-winning documentary and editorial photographer, D.L. began making films as a student at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Past personal work includes MR. PERCY’S RUN, a profile of moonshine king-pin and avid fox-hunter Percy Flowers and COOK SCHOOL, a behind-the-bars look at the only culinary program for prisoners in North Carolina. @VittlesFilms - www.dlanderson.com

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Heather Cook | Associate Producer

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Tatiana Hargreaves | Project Assistant Since releasing her first solo album “Started Out To Ramble” in 2009 (produced by Bruce Molsky and featuring Sarah Jarosz, Mark Schatz, Alex Hargreaves, and more), Tatiana Hargreaves has toured with musicians from Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, to Laurie Lewis, Bruce Molsky, and Darol Anger. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest in 2009 to the 2015 release of an EP with bassist Ethan Jodziewicz featuring traditional and original material performed by the unique duo of bowed bass and fiddle, Tatiana is dedicated to respecting and preserving oldtime and bluegrass traditions while simultaneously seeking her own musical voice and exploring new ways of approaching these styles. She is most recently featured on Laurie Lewis's new release The Hazel And Alice Sessions. Currently, Tatiana is pursuing a degree in ethnomusicology at Hampshire College and researching “the fiddle camp phenomenon.”

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Warren Gentry | Cinematographer Over the past thirty-six years, Warren has had the pleasure and opportunity to act as Director of Photography on three regional Emmy award winning documentaries and several others that received prestigious awards. He has traveled to and worked in forty different states and over twenty-five countries on five continents.

Warren has served as Director of Photography for UNC’s acclaimed “North Carolina’s World War II Experience”, as Director/Cinematographer on “Down Home: The North Carolina Jewish Experience” and as Director of Photography on UNC-TVs “Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint”, as well as directing and photographing major projects for Duke University, NC. State University and the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse. 

 

Thanks to our Project Advisors: Dr. William R Ferris, Dr. Cece Conway, Tom Rankin, Sparky Rucker, Laurie Lewis, Cathy Fink,
Aaron Smithers, Steve Weiss & Sarah Bryan

Photo Credits: Judy Rumak, Cece Conway, John Cohen, Joanne R. Nadol, Alice Gerrard, David Gahr, Doug Connah,
Stephen Condon, & Carl Fleishhauer

You Gave Me a Song is a fiscally sponsored project of
the Southern Documentary Fund,  
a 501(C)3 non-profit