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The 78 Project Movie with Joe Jack Talcum

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Thursday 1/15
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
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dir. Alex Steyermark, US, 2014, DCP, 96 min.

The 78 Project Movie is a film about connections, framed by a road trip across America to record musicians on a vintage Presto 1930s direct-todisc acetate recorder. The 78 Project creators Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright shot the film from August 2012 to September 2013, driving across America in a tiny Kia Soul loaded to the roof with cameras, their Presto, spare tubes, blank discs, and a toolbox. Over the course of their journey, the pair visited established and emerging musicians in their homes to cut once-in-a-lifetime 78rpm records. From Tennessee to Mississippi and from California to Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel, and Cajun singers in The 78 Project Movie tell in their own words what it is to be American today, sharing their lives and histories through intimate musical performances of classic American songs.

The 78 Project includes experts from every facet of field recording from Grammy-winning producers to the factory workers who make the blank acetate discs. The kaleidoscopic viewpoints of these technologists, historians, and craftsmen provide the context that allows for new connections to emerge between people from different generations and seemingly different cultures.

Musical performers in The 78 Project Movie include The Reverend John Wilkins, Victoria Williams, John Doe, Louis Michot, Corey Ledet and Ashlee Michot, and many others.

Followed by a special live performance by Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), which will be recorded and pressed on-site.