IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

The IBMA is excited to present its second annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival during World of Bluegrass Week September 29-October 3 in Raleigh, NC!  The festival is comprised of two Feature Films, screened during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Business Conference (Tues.-Thurs.), and seven Festival Films, screened during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Fri.-Sat.). Featured film screenings will include an introduction and post-screening Q&A session with the filmmaker or a representative during the Business Conference. All nine films (feature and festival) will be shown twice during the weekend.

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Feature Films

Sam Bush pioneered a new genre of music and inspired some of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians. Yet for countless potential fans, the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend

Director: Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin
Cast: Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Sierra Hull, Alison Krauss, John Oates, Chris Thile, Avett Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Jeff Hanna, Peter Rowan, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, David Grisman, Steep Canyon Rangers, among others.

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Give Me the Banjo
In 2011, PBS broadcast Marc Fields’ feature-length Give Me the Banjo, a history of America’s quintessential instrument from its African roots to the present.  Narrated by Steve Martin, it featured performances and commentary from Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

Director: Marc Fields
Cast: Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Carolina Chocolate Drops

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Festival Films

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya
The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya follows the journey of two traditional musicians from their roots in the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly with the traditional musicians of the Gandharba caste.

Director: Jacob Penchansky

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The Last Barn Dance
Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances.

Director: Ted Richardson, Jason Arthurs
Cast: Randy Lewis, The Doc Branch Band, The Terry Family

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A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story
A Kentucky Treasure: The Osborne Brothers Story is a chronological video biography of Bobby and Sonny Osborne as told in their own word through many hours of interviews and music clips. 

Director: Russ Farmer
Cast: Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Former Band Members, Eddie Stubbs

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David Holt's State of Music
David Holt has spent his life learning and performing traditional American music. It has taken him from the most remote coves of southern Appalachia to the bright lights of TV studios and the Grand Old Opry stage.

Director: Deni and Will McIntyre
Cast: David Holt, Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky, Wilbur Tharpe, Lena Mae Perry, Balsam Range

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Fanning the Fire
Fanning the Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen that followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years.

Director: David Seay
Cast: Lucas White, Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Adam Steffey, Claire Lynch, Didley Connell, and others

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The Winding Stream
The Winding Stream is the tale of the dynasty at the heart of American country music.

Director: Beth Harrington
Cast: Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more

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Something to Crow About
In the heart of coal country in rural south-east Australia, a group of 14 men gather once a month to play old time and bluegrass music at a local pub. In the wake of the worst natural disaster in the country's history, their music takes on a new meaning for the people of the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, strengthening bonds and galvanizing a devastated community.

Director: Sebastian Broadbent

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