Synopsis: AVAILABLE AUGUST 13th AND 29th | 10:00 AM – MIDNIGHT
A collection of Music themed short documentaries.
SongCraft Presents: Dom Flemons
In this half hour show, Grammy-nominated songwriter Dom Flemons and host Ben Arthur explore the complicated legacy of blackface artist Emmet Miller, and write a song inspired by his life and work. Flemons, who is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, describes how important Emmet Miller’s work is to the development of America’s musical tradition. Arthur and Flemons meet up at the Grand Opera House, where Miller first performed as a child, and write a brand new song, before performing it in front of a live audience that night at the legendary Capricorn Studios.
Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition
Director/Producer/Camera/Sound: Danielle Beverly
Editor: Adam Kurnitz
Editor/Story Consultant: Marco Williams
In “Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition” Chicago vinyl buyer Rick Wojcik walks us into the homes and stories of strangers, digging through their jazz, soul, and hip hop records. Each seller shares a common reason: they face a major life transition.
The documentary is a collection of intimate narratives, akin to a record album of songs. About love, loss, and our personal connection to music.
The feature film is preceded by the Short Documentary, SONGCRAFT PRESENTS: DOM FLEMONS.
What does a life transition look like, sound like?
What do people do on the cusp of a life transition? What do they choose to shed? Comics, cookbooks, stamps, coins, magazines, dolls, action figures, vinyl records… and why?
In this documentary you will meet people in different phases of transition — a former hip hop dj, a punk rock completist collector, a daughter finally letting go of her dad’s storage lockers, and many more. What they have in common is they have chosen to say goodbye to prized record collections.
Come listen to the sounds of their transitions, and witness them emerge forever changed.
Danielle Beverly is an independent filmmaker who works as a one-person crew to craft observational documentaries. Her feature documentaries Old South and Learning to Swallow aired nationally on PBS/The World Channel and traveled the international festival circuit. Old South had its international broadcast premiere on Al Jazeera in July 2020.
Beverly is also a documentary cameraperson and co-producer. Projects include Marco Williams’ Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (Audience Choice Award for Documentary, Macon Film Festival; 2018 national broadcast on AfroPop). She currently holds a joint appointment as assistant professor at Northwestern University and Northwestern University in Qatar teaching documentary and fiction filmmaking.
South Georgia Film Festival - United States - 2020
Best Feature Film Award (Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition)
" ...a lot more than a story about vinyl " - Block Club Chicago
" ...does a great job of getting at the complexity of the world of records " - Medea, Malmo University
" Touching " - WOLF Internet Radio
" Inspiring! " - KQED Arts