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Jenny Scheinman, a violinist, fiddler, singer/songwriter, and the project’s conceptual director, writes and performs original and archival Americana Roots music that stirs deep yearnings to return to a simpler time. Working with filmmaker and director Finn Taylor (The Darwin Awards, Cherish, Dream with the Fishes), her project Kannapolis features archival film from the Great Depression by H. Lee Waters to weave a compelling narrative of a time long past. Themes of family, community, and hands-on industry underscored by labor songs and fiddle tunes resonate with fresh meaning in modern times.
Commissioned and developed by Duke Performances, this is the first in a series of works entitled “From The Archives.” Waters’ archive is provided by the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
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.
Special thanks to the family of H. Lee Waters for providing access to his spectacular films.