NCBS Film Festival to screen The Porchlight Sessions

The Porchlight SessionsThe Porchlight Sessions, produced by Nashville and Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Anna Schwaber, will be screened in Redwood City on Sunday, January 27, as part of a free afternoon bluegrass film program.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival from12:00noon to 5:00pm at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

The Porchlight Sessions film examines the nature and implications of bluegrass music culture among new and old devotees throughout the USA. It seeks an answer to the much-debated question, “What is bluegrass?” through interviews with musicians and their fans. There is also plenty of bluegrass music to enjoy!

This will be the first California showing of this exciting full-length 2012 cinema project.

NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, and is an official museum event hosted by IBMM representative Carl Pagter.

The event supports the museum’s Oral History Project by screening one or more Oral History Project films (this year it will be Bill Bolick Of The Blue Sky Boys). Films from the Oral History Project collection can only be shown at official museum-related events.

In addition, the six-year-old festival presents new independently-produced bluegrass-related documentary films. Other films on the programme include:

  • James Reams’ Rollin’ On (produced by Redbird Mountain Music, Arizona). Reams will make a personal appearance to discuss his film with the audience.
  • The Mountain Music Project (Tara Linhardt & Jacob Penchansky, Virginia)
  • Child Of Troubled Times (Paula Lane, California)
  • Bill Evans: Distance Between Two Points (Sarah Fisher, Blue Lotus Films, California)

Also,  there is a special presentation of  Generation Bluegrass: The Next Generation Of Bluegrass Musicians (Corey Smith, North Carolina) at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards show at The Tapestry Church on Saturday, January 26.

The film event, directed by Michael Hall, NCBS President, is part of the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival, which runs from January 25th to 27th.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.