Thursday, July 23, 2009
KRETS & Do the Math give you another chance to watch movies never before shown in Sweden. This time we focus on the mythical American south and show Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp (2006) by Matt and Erica Hinton and Dancing Outlaw (1991) by Jacob Young.
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp
It took seven years to finish the documentary Awake, My Soul, a movie that gives an unique insight in a rare form of a cappella music, called “Sacred Harp”. A traditional American form of choir song that builds upon an alternative set of notes called “Shape Notes”. The directors Matt and Erica Hinton brings us deep into Southern’s most rural parts and visit the churches and followers that keep this tradition alive.
Jesco White likes to describe himself as one of the last big “mountain dancers” – a style somewhere between stepping and classic “clog dancing”. Jesco was taught the dance by his father, Donald Ray White, who was one of the most famous and respected folk dancers in West Virigina’s Boone County. When Donald was tragically murdered, Jesco literally filled his (clog-) shoes. But Jesco is a complex character and on the verge of schizophrenia. Aside from his dancing, he makes his living as an Elvis impersonator and has a reputation of being a real troublemaker with an eye for alcohol and drugs.