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SummerTyne 2019 Film Programme

Away from the main stages you can relax and enjoy a specially curated film programme.


12 noon

Homemade American Music

40 mins

Filmed in 1978 and 1979 in the states of Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington and California, the film follows Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard home, playing and telling a history of rural southeastern traditional American music.

12.45 pm

Two Black Churches

19 mins

Bill Ferris vivid documentary compares black church culture in the North and South, looking at baptisms, what calls people to faith, and ways of worshipping.

1.10 pm

Blues Like Showers of Rain

31 mins

This film grew from photographs and field recordings made by Paul Oliver on a journey through the South in 1960. Oliver, a British architectural historian who devoted years to researching African American blues, memorialized the journey also in his 1963 book Conversation with the Blues. Both book and film explore the meaning of the blues to those who sang it, with an emphasis on those in Mississippi, St. Louis, and Chicago.

1.45 pm

The Life and Times of Joe Thompson

27 mins

The story of the last African American fiddle player in North Carolina whose unique style of music has been passed down in his family for over three hundred years. A farmer from Mebane, North Carolina, Joe played in Carnegie Hall and across the south.

2.15 pm

Honky Tonk

5 mins

Shot on a 16mm Bolex camera, Honky Tonky is a woozy compilation of the street lights and neon sign of Nashville’s Broadway, offering a sensational, overwhelming, and sometimes tense take on a night spent exploring the strip.

2.25 pm

While Yet I Live

15 mins

Five acclaimed African-American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Ala., talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.

2.45 pm

J’ai ete au Bal

84 mins

The definitive film, by Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz, on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana

4.15 pm

Marc and Ann

27 mins

Enchanting portrait of Marc and Ann Savoy, Cajun musicians who are dedicated to the preservation and continuance of Cajun culture.

4.45 pm

Fanning the Fire

20 mins

Fanning the Fire features a young Texas teen who followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years.  Along the way, the documentary explores why people young and old get hooked on playing this music and enjoying companionship at festivals around the world.

5.05 pm





12 noon

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

57 mins

We start Sunday afternoon with a good ol’ Western. Storm is out to wreck Ace’s stage line. When Tex arrives to help Ace, Storm brings in hired killer Mule Bates. But Tex and Bates know each other and the two devise a plan to fool Storm. Featuring the great Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.

1 pm

Del Mero Corazon

30 mins

A lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music tradition.

1.35 pm


87 mins

The documentary Hillbilly arrives at a crucial moment, confronting depictions of Appalachian and other rural people on a broad, national level. It introduces audiences to a nuanced, authentic Appalachia that is quite conscious of how it has been portrayed and the impacts of those portrayals

3.05 pm

Chulas Fronteras

58 mins

Following on from Les Blanks short film, Chulas Fronteras offers a complex, insightful look at the Chicano experience as mirrored in the lives and music of the most acclaimed Norteño musicians of the Texas-Mexican border

4.05 pm