“Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait” Jenny Scheinman

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
American roots music performed live by Jenny Scheinman, Robbie Fulks, and Robbie Gjersoe; film by Finn Taylor, original footage shot by H. Lee Waters

Date and Time: Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Venue: UVM Recital Hall
Address: 384 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405
Tickets: $30 adult/$10 student

Post-show Talk with Artist in Hall

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Kannapolis Outreach and Companion Events

Thursday, March 2, 11:40am–12:55pm
UVM Dudley Davis Center, Frank Livak Ballroom
Class visit Jenny Scheinman with Film and Television Studies Students
Free and open to the public

Thursday, March 2, 3:00–4:00pm
Radio interview/live mini performance on WRUV (90.1 FM) with full band

Friday, March 3, 12:00–1:30pm
VT Tech Alliance at Burlington Generator
40 Sears Lane, Burlington
Lunch and Learn with Jacob Long from American Woolen Company and other guests TBD
Open to the public. Entry fee ($15-$20) includes lunch.
Click here for more information

Friday, March 3, 4:30-5:30 pm,
Heritage Winooski Mill Museum
Champlain Mill, Winooski
Free and Open to the Public
Join us in welcoming Jacob Long, CEO of American Woolen Company to the Champlain Mill in this casual community get-together to celebrate the history of American Woolen Co. in Winooski. Grab a few appetizers and mingle with neighbors to share and hear some mill stories. Afterwards, head over to Waterworks for dinner and mention "Mill Museum" for 10% discount. Click here for more information.

Friday, March 3, ≈ 9:00pm
UVM Recital Hall
Post-show talk back with the artists
Learn how Jenny Scheinman created the music for the film, and how this complex project was developed.

About Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

"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" – New York Times


Acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker, H. Lee Waters. From 1936-42, Waters documented towns in the South in a collection he called "Movies of Local People." Waters travelled extensively, filming people going about their lives, and then worked with local movie theaters to screen his silent shorts, inviting his subjects for a wholly novel experience—to see themselves on the silver screen. Originally commissioned by Duke Performing Arts, Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait marries Scheinman’s brilliant original live score to Waters' footage, masterfully reworked into a new film by director Finn Taylor. Scheinman (composer, arranger, violin vocals), Robbie Fulks (guitar, banjo, vocals), and Robbie Gjersoe (resonator guitar, baritone electric guitar, vocals) perform a live soundtrack of new songs, fiddle music, and field sounds to accompany this fascinating footage. The humanity in these images bares a transcendent, universal quality that speaks to any community as much as to the Piedmont region where it was filmed.

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Kannapolis was made possible, in part, with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; a grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; a grant from New Music USA; a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; support from the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University; and a gift from Neil D. Karbank.

Sponsored by:

UVM Humanities   NEFA    OLLI    The Point