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The Life and Times of Joe Thompson (2004)

About the Film

The story of the last African American fiddle player in North Carolina whose unique style of music has been passed down in his family for over three hundred years. A farmer from Mebane, North Carolina, Joe played in Carnegie Hall and across the south. Winner of the NC Heritage Award, 88 yr. old Joe Thompson waits to pass the bow to the next generation.


  • NC Heritage Award, Telly Award


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Iris Thompson Chapman, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Iris Thompson Chapman
  • Produced by: Iris Thompson Chapman
  • Cinematographer: Alton Chewing with Linda DiLorenzo, Keith Thomas
  • Sound: Jonathan Campbell, Corey Tatum
  • Editor: Linda DiLorenzo
  • Other Credits: Narrator, Calvin Allen.
  • Funding: The NC Humanities Council, Alamance County Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, Stedman-Covington Foundation, Ligget Group of Mebane, NC, First State Bank of Burlington, GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Original Format: DVD
  • © 2004, Chapman
  • 27mins, Black & White
  • Categories:
    MusicAgingAfrican American Culture