Deep Ellum Blues (1985)

About the Film

Deep Ellum is a place -- a part of Dallas, Texas. Deep Ellum, along with its legendary music scene built by the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Lead Belly, and Bill Neely, all but disappeared with the construction of Central Expressway in the 1950s. This film is one of three short films in the Living Texas Blues series which explores the 1920's and 1930's night life in Dallas through the music of Bill Neely. For more information, see Alan Govenar, Meeting the Blues: The Rise of the Texas Sound (Da Capo, 1995) and Alan Govenar, The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues (Schiffer Publishing, 2004).

For an in depth look at Deep Ellum and North Dallas' Freetown, Folkstreams recommends Kevin Pask's Deep Ellum Blues, in the internet journal Southern Spaces.

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Alan Govenar, the distributor Documentary Arts, Inc., or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Alan Govenar
  • Produced by: Dallas Museum of Art
  • Cinematographer: Bruce Pacho Lane
  • Sound: Jody Govenar
  • Editor: Bruce Pacho Lane
  • Other Credits: Researched by Alan Govenar; Production assistance by Breea Govenar
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1985, Alan Govenar
  • 10 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    MusicUrban Life