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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 who use mobile phones and text messages to prevent ethnic and political violence in the lead up to Kenya's 2013 elections.   Kenny also collaborates with community partners to produce videos that better our world and teachers youth video workshops. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and taught at Carolina Friends School between 1986–1996. www.thegrooveproductions.com

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. She currently works as Marketing and Operations Manager of Innovate Raleigh and Multimedia Editor for the Southern Cultures Journal. She is the founder of Mettlesome, a creative, project based collective. 

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Heather Cook
Associate Producer

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

 

 

 

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