Film: “Searching for the Heart of the Heartlands”
with music by The Watchman & the Folksurvivalclub
- Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, 7 p.m.
- Pachamama's , 800 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Cost: $5
- Age limit: All ages
A documentary on bluegrass in the Midwest called "Searching for the Heart of the Heartlands" will be screened in the Alton Ballroom (80 minutes). Directed by Dutch musician and filmmaker Ad van Meurs, the film features interviews with Lawrence's Truckstop Honeymoon and Cowboy Jack Clement, and footage from Kansas' Walnut Valley Festival. Doors at 7 p.m. From the promoters: This road movie/documentary was made as part of the Heartland project by filmmaker Dré Didderiëns, based on an idea by the Eindhoven musician Ad van Meurs (The Watchman). It narrates their 10-day journey through the Heartland of the United States, an area that includes the Midwestern states. Along with images of dusty panoramas, endless roads, motels, rusting water tanks and sagging power poles, various musicians and some noteworthy inhabitants have their say. They include well known figures from the music world such as the producer Cowboy Jack Clement, who worked with Jerry Lee Lewis in the legendary Sun Studios. Other speakers take a distinctive outlook on life or have a fascinating past, such as the Osage Indian Gene Williams, and the intellectual Mike West and Katie Euliss from Kansas, who have turned their backs on society and have even chosen to raise their children in isolation. Naturally we also hear from musicians such as Tom Skinner and David Munyon. Music to follow by The Watchman & the Folksurvivalclub.