Tickets Presented at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka by the Arcata Playhouse and the Minor Theatre.
Conceived by local favorite and internationally acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait brings together live music by Scheinman (fiddle/voice), Robbie Fulks (banjo/voice) and Robbie Gjersoe (guitars/voice) with Depression-era historical footage.
We are invited into the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters who documented over 100 small towns in the southeast between 1936 and 1942. His films are of regular people going about their lives - mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, children racing in slow motion. Feature filmmaker Finn Taylor has re-edited these iconic images and set them to Scheinman's music, creating an experience that celebrates American resilience and the sustaining power of community.
"These are Americas home movies. They contain a clue to our nature, an imprint of our ancestry. They were shot before Americans had sophisticated understanding of film, and capture truthfulness that one is hard-pressed to find in this day and age now that we are immersed in a world of social media, video, and photography. These people can dance. Girls catapult each other off seesaws and teenage boys hang on each others arms. Toothless men play resonator guitars on street corners, and toddlers push strollers through empty fields. They remind us of our resilience and of our immense capacity for joy even in the hardest of times." Jenny Scheinman
"Scheinman [has] a distinctive vision of American music, suffused with plainspoken beauty and fortified all at once by country, gospel, and melting-pot folk, along with jazz and the blues"
The New York Times