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TOUCHED WITH FIRE:
The Highwoods String Band Story

Available in Fall of 2014!

 

Horse Archer Productions is proud to tell the story of one of the most important forces in Old Time music ever, the Highwoods String Band.  From their legendary performances to their impact on other musicians, the Highwoods played an important role in American music history.  For the first time, that story will be told in its entirety in this documentary, Touched With Fire:  The Highwoods String Band Story. 

UPDATE 6-24-14:  From Producer/Director Chris Valluzzo: I just wanted provide you all an update on the Highwoods String Band and Green Grass Clogger videos. The primary hold up was that we could not find very much video WITH audio of the band during the time on the scene. We spent much of 2013-14 on dead end chases but we were able to get some. We called off the search and have hired an editor who will begin work a couple weeks ago. Since we were nearly $20,000 short on our fundraising goal funds have had to come out of our own pockets (we are a two person company with full time day jobs) and that also held up the project. Thanks for your patience and interest. We have heard from many people that they'd rather see the film done right than done fast so we have taken that to heart. We hope to have the Highwoods documentary done by fall with Green Grass soon to follow.


WHY OLD TIME?
The Documentary

We began with a simple question:  why Old Time?

What we have found is that Old Time music just isn't a sound.  It's a lifestyle.  It's living history.  And it's the musicians drive it ever forward while preserving an untarnished musical tradition. 

In the summer of 2008, Horse Archer Productions announced a full length documentary called Why Old Time?  In this film, we explore the beauty and art of Old Time music and demonstrate why this particular type of roots music holds such power. 

Filming ran through January of 2009 and took the production crew through three states, half a dozen festivals, and several front porches and kitchens.  We found people from across the globe who embrace the past and the future in the same breath to capture the experience of Old Time music in the 21st Century. 

To learn more, follow this link!

WHY OLD TIME? on DVD

90 min. feature length DVD exploring the world of Old Time music

$20

HENRY REED LEGACYon DVD

90 min. feature length DVD exploring impact of Reed and his music featuring rare recordings.

$20

GET BOTH on DVD

Just $30

 

         

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WANT MORE INFO? CONTACT:  chris@horsearcherproductions.com

Enjoy the WHY OLD TIME Trailer!  

  • Click on the YouTube link to the left to check out the trailer!

  • To learn more about the film and the producers/directors experience, click here.

  • Check out our production notes during filming here.

  • Check out our companion film, "THE HENRY REED LEGACY"
     

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  • "THE HENRY REED LEGACY" is a companion film.  Check out the Henry Reed Page and the trailer below. 

 

Until his death in 1968, Giles County, Virginia, fixture Henry Reed was quietly going about a life built around family, tradition and Old Time music.  Henry was instrumental in the revival of interest in this musical form, becoming the subject of serious academic study by scholar, Dr. Alan Jabbour.  Today, Chris Via, also of Giles preserves the living tradition of Reed's style with the Giles Mountain String Band and the Henry Reed Festival each June.

This film is a look at the Reed legacy from the past to the present told by Reed's children, Jabbour and Via among others.

  • Horse Archer Productions homepage has been updated!  You can learn about all our latest video projects there and find out about video services in the New River Valley.


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