The first of a new series of documentary films going into production over the next year. Producer/Editor Grey Gowder and Director/Director of Photography Savannah Bourne will be exploring the central role of an old fashioned music hall in Harmony, North Carolina in how it shaped the community, inspired its creativity, and continued the legacy of Appalachian String Music in the foothills of North Carolina.
In a way, this is a love letter to her family for Savannah, whose grandfather was the owner and Master of Ceremonies at the Music Hall. His family grew up with the music there and all became skilled musicians. Savannah’s grandmother added her creative flare to the Music Hall by creating the beautiful mural at the back of the stage. Today, the Music Hall serves as a church, with its dance floor now filled with pews, but music still lives on in the community through weekly “jam sessions” named for how the musicians enjoy jamming their potluck food into their mouths.
We will be performing a three day shoot on location and will be using archive footage of performances at the Music Hall to tell the story of music and life in Harmony, North Carolina.