TOUCHED WITH FIRE:
The Highwoods String Band Story
Available in Spring 2015!
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.
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?
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
In the summer of 2008, Horse Archer Productions announced a full
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.
"THE HENRY REED LEGACY"
is a companion film. Check out the Henry Reed Page and the
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.
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