The Groove Is Not Trivial

  • Joe's Violin Joe's Violin


Rafael 3 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 6:15 PM
Film Info
Mind the Gap
Running Time:60 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Tommie Dell Smith
Producer:Tommie Dell Smith
Cinematographer:Robert Elfstrom
Michael Anderson
Editor:Elizabeth Finlayson
Print Source:Tommie Dell Smith
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


“Music is the universal language of mankind” is a sentiment that Alasdair Fraser lives from the tips of his fiddle-playing fingers right down to the marrow in his bones. Raised in Scotland in a time when traditional music and language were suppressed, Fraser has spent his adult life in Northern California reclaiming his culture and hosting multi-generational music camps in three countries. His unconventional style of teaching gives people permission to explore their own voices and tap into the rhythmic undercurrent at the root of music and identity—be it individual, cultural, or globally human. Whether you’re a musician, a fan of traditional Scottish music, or someone who simply appreciates sincere, joyful artistic expression, pull up a chair (or put on your dancing shoes) and join the cèilidh!

Guests in attendance 10/9 & 10/10: Tommie Dell Smith (director), Elizabeth Finlayson (editor),

Natalie Haas (subject), Alasdair Fraser (subject)

US 2016, 24 min
Director Kahane Cooperman

In this heartwarming short documentary, one violin changes the lives of a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and a talented 12-year-old girl.

Tickets for the concert at Sweetwater with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas on 10/9 sold separately. Click here to purchase.

Thanks to our Community Partner the Caledonian Club of San Francisco

Included Shorts

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Additional Information

Tommie began her filmmaking career as Associate Producer on Broken Rainbow, about the Navajo/Hopi land dispute in Arizona, which won the 1984 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Since that time she has produced and directed award-winning documentaries including Breaking Silence: The Story of the Sisters at DeSales Heights, Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger, and Child of Our Time. She is an active member of the film distribution co-operative New Day Films and is a founding member and former Artistic Director for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival.