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Water from Another Time (1982)

About the Film

Water from Another Time is a 1982 documentary capturing the flavor of a life-style many of us have either forgotten or never known at all. The filmmakers visit three elderly residents of Orange County, Indiana, talk with them, enjoy their artistic creations, and learn something about the dignity and meaning of aging.

Lotus Dickey, 70, who raised eight children by himself, sits under a catalpa tree by his parents' farmhouse, playing his violin and singing songs he wrote. Elmer Boyd, 80, a shy bachelor, shows an ingenious water carrying system he built for his aging parents in 1943. Artist and poet Lois Doane, 87, shows her albums and sketchbook, and reads some of her work.

The film is available on high quality DVD or download from Documentary Educational Resources.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Richard Kane, Dillon Bustin, the distributor Documentary Educational Resources, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Richard Kane, Dillon Bustin
  • Produced by: Richard Kane
  • Cinematographer: Reuben Aaronson
  • Sound: Richard Kane
  • Editor: Richard Kane
  • Other Credits: Narrated by Dillon Bustin ; Associate producer: Melody Lewis-Kane ; Camera assistants: Calvin Kimbrough, Andy Mahler ; Title photography: Miguel Munoz ; Negative conforming: Robert H. Johnson ; Re-recording: Rodel Audio ; Laboratory services: Colorlab ; Editorial services : Production Consultants
  • Funding: With the support of Indiana Committee for the Humanities, Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1982, Richard Kane
  • 28mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Arts & Crafts, TraditionalMusicWomenRegional CulturesArts, Visionary and OutsiderAging