You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard

Invited

This film beautifully portrays a virtuoso of American vernacular culture. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Alice Gerrard’s life story and contributions to bluegrass and old-time music are relayed through an unusual visual approach based on a wealth of black-and-white photographs. These photos resonantly echo two precursors of paradigmatic Americana: Great Depression documentary photography and John Cohen’s mountain music films. The pictures in You Gave Me a Song serve as evocative and emphatically nondigital parallels to the analog and noncommercialized music Alice has championed. In the film, Alice recounts the reversals and unexpected byways of a passionate life, including her unconventional parenting (wryly corroborated by her adult children), her musical partnership with Hazel Dickens, and her devotion to learning from the in situ exemplars of old-time music. A wide circle of commentators celebrate Alice’s ongoing creativity, her musicianship, and her dedication to teaching and preservation.  NK

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Director

Kenny Dalsheimer

Producers

Kenny Dalsheimer, Ashley Melzer

Editor

Kelly Creedon

Cinematographers

Kenny Dalsheimer, Warren Gentry

Release Year

2019

Festival Year

2019

Country

United States

Run Time

80 minutes

Premiere

World Premiere