Gandy Dancers (1994)

About the Film

Musical traditions and recollections of eight retired African-American railroad track laborers whose occupational folk songs were once heard on railroads that crisscross the South. They recount experiences in the segregated South, describe organized labor and occupational safety standards, and demonstrate railroad calls that survive today as expressions of religious faith, social protest and sexually explicit poetry. A film by Barry Dornfeld and folklorist Maggie Holtzberg.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Barry Dornfeld, Maggie Holtzberg-Call, the distributor Cinema Guild Inc., or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Barry Dornfeld, Maggie Holtzberg-Call
  • Produced by: Barry Dornfeld, Maggie Holtzberg-Call
  • Cinematographer: Richard Chisolm. Additional cinematography: Allen Moore.
  • Sound: Jim Hawkins, Jeff Klein
  • Editor: Barry Dornfeld. Asst. editor: John Tyson.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1994, Barry Dornfeld and Maggie Holtzberg-Call
  • 30 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    African American CultureMusicWork