Film friends and supporters, our final two screenings of the year were held this week and it is with a heavy heart that we bid you farewell for the remainder of the year. But please be sure to stay in touch with us throughout the winter, as we’ll be back with more great Lowell film events starting in 2013! We brought over 20 film events to Lowell in 2012, and all of those were made possible by our amazing community partners. And of course, we could NEVER continue doing what we do without YOUR support — you came to our events, shared them with your friends & family, donated when you could, and offered your own movie suggestions and partnership opportunities. It’s still astounding to us that we’ve been able to keep this going, and all without a bonafide movie house to call home. Rest assured, we’re working hard on THAT, and will keep you posted on any and all developments in 2013.
Our final film of this year, Roll On Columbia, paid tribute to the legendary Woody Guthrie and his Centennial. We had an incredible turnout at our favorite little Lowell screening room, the Art Gallery at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Our great friends at Howl In Lowell paid a visit and Howl photographer Tory Germann took some great pics of the event — click here to view a few of her photos via Facebook. A marvelous time was had by all!
Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents a FILM+MUSIC Tribute to Woody Guthrie in honor of his Centennial!
ROLL ON COLUMBIA: WOODY GUTHRIE AND THE BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
followed by a LIVE acoustic tribute to Woody with local musical artists Larry Tremblay & Arte Kenyon!
In 1941, Woody Guthrie packed up his family and headed west to Portland, Oregon, to embark on what turned out to be an historic musical project: Guthrie was hired to write songs for a new U.S. government project to create a public works organization that would provide low-cost energy to the farms in Washington State. The project met with a lot of resistance from the private electric companies, and the government decided to create a short film to promote the efforts of distributing power through publically-owned means as well as to get people to look favorably on the dams. Guthrie was expected to write a song a day, and true to his folk music spirit, rose to the occasion and wrote 26 songs in 30 days on behalf of the Bonneville Power Administration, including the renowned folk favorites “Roll On, Columbia,” “Grand Coulee Dam,” and “Pastures of Plenty.”
The film ended up being released in 1948 instead of 1941 due to World War II, and was actually almost destroyed, except that an employee of the BPA, named Elmer Buehler, who drove Woody around the Northwest in 1941, took a copy of the movie home even after orders were given to him to burn BPA’s copies. Thankfully, old Elmer hid that copy in his woodpile! The film was re-discovered in the late 1960′s, after a researcher at the University of Oklahoma asked Buehler about it. The recordings and lyrics from Woody’s songs were re-discovered and collected by Bill Murlin in the mid 1980′s and published in 1987. The songbook collected all 26 songs for the first time, and an album issued recordings of Woody playing and singing 17 of his Northwest songs. In both cases, some songs were published for the first time.
In the late 1990′s, Michael Madjic and Denise Matthews created the documentary Roll On Columbia: Woody Guthrie and the Bonneville Power Administration, which includes original footage from the Buehler-salvaged BPA film (which was simply called The Columbia), as well as poignant interviews and of course, incredible music. Roll On Columbia garnered awards aplenty upon its release, and we’re so pleased to be bringing it to Lowell in celebration of Woody Guthrie’s Centennial.
Come join us and commemorate the Grandfather of the Folk Music Industry and enjoy an evening of great independent film AND song. Our special thanks to our good friends at Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, and of course, a big thanks to Larry and Arte for rounding out the evening with great music!
Click below to view an 8-minute excerpt from Roll On Columbia:
Special Lowell Screening with Director Kristin Canty!
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RSVP via Eventbrite & help us get a head count for refreshments!
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The Lowell Film Collaborative and the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project invite you to attend a free screening of the 2011 documentary Farmageddon with our very special guest, Director Kristin Canty! In addition to welcoming Kristin, we’ll be joined by local farmers as well as food activists and educators from the Merrimack Valley for a post-film Q&A and discussion.
ABOUT THE FILM
The foundation of this acclaimed documentary began with Kristin’s quest to find healthy food for her four children. To her surprise, this search eventually turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What Kristin found were policies that favored agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities: instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policy makers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target (and often drive out-of-business) small farms that prove themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions. Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policy makers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.
The Merrimack Valley has a rich history of farming that fed generation after generation, before, during and after the start of the American Industrial Revolution. There is a growing number of people working to preserve and rebuild our diverse small-farm ecosystem to provide better food and a better world for today and the future.
Please note: While there is no charge for this event, we will have donation jars present to welcome your $5.00 suggested donation which will help offset our costs for the night. As always, your help & support is greatly appreciated! Parking is FREE, and is available at the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 304 Dutton Street. Metered parking throughout downtown Lowell is also free of charge after 5PM. Finally, as this event is just after Thanksgiving, those willing and able are encouraged to recognize the holiday by bringing locally-sourced or homemade snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share with others.
The LFC extends a VERY big thanks to Lowell resident Kamal Jain for his support and co-partnership on planning this screening!
> Visit FarmageddonMovie.com
The 119 Gallery presents
Artist & Filmmaker MARTHA COLBURN
PLUS the Sawyer Wright Duo
Saturday, November 10 @ 8PM
119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell
Free admission, but donations gratefully accepted!
Our good friends at Lowell’s 119 Gallery are presenting a LIVE film & video event this Saturday featuring the renowned New York City visual artist/video artist/filmmaker Martha Colburn — this event is NOT to be missed! Read on for more information, courtesy of the 119 Gallery, and be prepared to enjoy an incredible, cutting edge performance with one of today’s most renowned performance artists.
Experience Colburn’s immense breadth of work at MarthaColburn.com.
Courtesy of the 119 Gallery: Martha Colburn is a filmmaker and artist. She is best known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques. She has made over forty films since 1994 and has also been fervently involved in playing music. One out of numerous groups she has been a part of is The Dramatics, a band she formed in Baltimore with Jason Willett. Recently in her career, Colburn has made sculptural/video installation work and experimented with integrating her films with musical performance. Yet music and film have always shared a deep connection within Colburn’s work. [... continue reading]