Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait


Lark Theatre Wed, Oct 10, 2018 6:30 PM
Lark Theatre Wed, Oct 10, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Special Event
Running Time:63 min.
Director:Finn Taylor
Cinematographer:H. Lee Waters
Editor:Rick LeCompte
Print Source:Bernstein Artists
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


In this new live music and film piece, acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of H. Lee Waters, who documented over 118 small towns in the southeast between 1936-42. Waters’ films are of regular people going about their lives – mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a war-time headline, children racing in slow motion toward a huge wooden teeter totter. Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have re-edited these iconic images to Scheinman’s music, and created a new movie that speaks to any community as much as to the towns where it was filmed. “These are America’s home movies. They contain a clue to our nature, an imprint of our ancestry. They were shot before Americans had sophisticated understanding of film, and capture truthfulness that one is hard-pressed to find in this day and age now that we are immersed in a world of social media, video, and photography. These people can dance. Girls catapult each other off seesaws and teenage boys hang on each other’s arms. Toothless men play resonator guitars on street corners, and toddlers push strollers through empty fields. They remind us of our resilience and of our immense capacity for joy even in the hardest of times.” - Jenny Scheinman

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Expected Guests: Director Finn Taylor, Musicians Jenny Scheinman, Robbie Fulks, and Robbie Gjersoe

Additional Information

Finn Taylor wrote and directed Dream with the Fishes, Cherish, The Darwin Awards, and Unleashed. A three-time Sundance alum and native to the SF Bay Area, his recent film Kannapolis premiered at the National Gallery at the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and is continuing to tour throughout the country through 2019. His most recent feature film, Unleashed, won six audience awards at festivals across the country. Variety, in its 50th Anniversary edition, selected Finn Taylor for its prestigious list of “The Top 20 Creatives to Watch.”