Stewart Copeland, the director of LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN’ is working on a new project about another Tennessee Artist. A 15-minute documentary about Roger Smith a retired meter reader and cattle rancher from Culleoka Tennessee who does the most amazing carvings using only a pocketknife and a peach seed. You can learn more about the film and donate here: http://igg.me/p/39056?a=227775&i=shlk
Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’ will be screening May 20th and 21st at the ACME Screening Room in Lambertville, New Jersey. I’ll be Skyping in to answer questions after the first showing at 7pm then they’ll be playing the film on loop. A SUGGESTED donation of five dollars is all they’re asking for, so check it out!
Thomas Maupin is a tall drink of water from Tennessee, aged 70, and is a master of old-time mountain music buck dancing: a social Appalachian folk dance with roots reaching back to English and Welsh step dancing. For the sake of simplicity think of buck dancing as a shuffling, countrified tap-dance. Buck dancing plays an important role in Stewart Copeland’s brief, but emotionally huge, film, but what’s important to the director isn’t strictly the dancing, but instead how an art form interweaves with family, fellowship, and tradition.
Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies is a photography book and companion exhibit highlighting the state’s folk heritage. The project profiles 25 Tennessee subjects who actively preserve folk traditions that are particular to their families, places, or ethnic groups. Through their images and stories the project hopes to build greater appreciation and understanding of our folklife.
…and guess what? Thomas is one of the artists profiled in the exhibit! So the Cannon County Arts Center has planned a very special evening:
6:30 the opening of the exhibit in the Marly Berger Gallery 7:35 Showing of LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN ’ in the theater 8:05 Q and A with the director 8:15 Intermission 8:30 Music and Dancing 9:30 General hanging about and good times for all
and here’s the kicker… IT’S FREE! Just a little ‘ole donation box that you can slip a few nickles in if the feeling strikes you. So mark you calenders for the 4th of February!
December 2nd was the DUST-TO-DIGITAL New Release Showcase at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, New York. For those of you who don’t know, DUST-TO-DIGITAL is the Grammy Award Winning Label from Atlanta that released LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN’ last May. Thomas Maupin was at the screening as well as Matt Kinman and Jay Bland. Below are photos and video from the event.
LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN by Stewart Copeland was so awesome and only lasted thirty minutes. I seriously cried three different times. The film is about a 70-year-old bluegrass buck dancer. The music is very Tennessean and played by real folk. My hat’s off to the film.
Pick up you copy of LET YOUR FEET DO THE TALKIN’ at the DOC CHANNEL STORE. SPECIAL DVD FEATURES include: Deleted scenes, live performances, dance workshop, “Introduction to Buckdancing” essay in a booklet, “To Hear Your Banjo Play” (1947 documentary narrated by Pete Seeger with Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry), and “Jennifer,” the director Stewart Copeland’s 2008 short film.