Gravel Springs Fife and Drum (1972)

About the Film

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.


  • CINE Golden Eagle, Chicago International Film Festival, Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact William (Bill) Ferris, David Evans, Judy Peiser, the distributor Center for Southern Folklore, or Folkstreams.