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Gravel Springs Fife and Drum

Film by David Evans, Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser
Produced by Bill Ferris, Judy Peiser, David Evans
Cinematographer: Bill Ferris
Sound: David Evans
Editing: Judy Peiser
Copyright: 1971, Bill Ferris, David Evans, Judy Peiser
10 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1972
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A compelling and award-winning portrait of Othar Turner, his music and their role in the Gravel Springs community. The film not only demonstrates how to make a cane fife, but also gets to the heart of both Turner and his fife and drum music as he's shown performing at an annual Fourth of July picnic. Quick cuts between dancing band members and the rhythmic movements of Turner's family going about their daily chores capture the mounting excitement and provide a rare, revealing glimpse of the work and play that characterize this traditional rural Mississippi society.

A unique record of an ancient musical tradition.
--- Film Library Quarterly