WI Conservatory Of Music & The Exclusive Company on Farwell Avenue present :"The Librarian And The Banjo" a film by Jim
Carrier. The film is about Dena Julia *Polacheck Epstein who was born November 30, 1916 in Milwaukee & raised in *Shorewood, Wisconsin is the subject of the documentary. The film tells the story of Dena as a Child in Southeast WI with her Polacheck family. It marks the journey of Dena Epstein a wife, and mother to a music librarian. Now 96 years old, Dena's trailblazing scholarship was
the first to take on the old myths about the banjo. Her work shattered myths about the roots of American music, and has been described as “monumental.” The
film features interviews with Dena (as everyone calls her), academics, banjo historians and musicians including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka and Eric Weissberg. The soundtrack, from dozens of banjo players, includes music on gourd akontings, minstrel instruments and bluegrass banjos. Among featured artists are Stephen Wade, Sule Greg Wilson and Pura Fe. Among
music historians interviewed in the film are: Bill Ferris (former NEH
chairman), Bob Winans, Tony Thomas, Greg Adams, Laurent Dubois, Bobby
Fulcher and Daniel Jatta. The film trailer http://youtu.be/YKiVOrKOhTw Advanced Tickets for 15th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival Sat. Session 2: NOON for this remarkable story of WI Native Dena Julia (Polacheck) Epsetin: http://mkeshortfest.blogspot.com/2013/10/advanced-tickets-for-15th-annual.html also please follow us on Twitter @mkeshortfest and on facebook on our new event page: https://www.facebook.com/15thAnnualMilwaukeeShortFilmFestival
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