Films About Woody Guthrie
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Guthrie Film Festival in your community!
The following is a list of films that are available for public screenings.
Produced and Directed by: Ken Ross & Louis V. Galdieri
Inspired by a Woody Guthrie Song – A Story of Greed and the Ruin It Brought to an American Town.
1913 Massacre follows singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie to the town of Calumet, a once-thriving mining town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie’s ballad, ’1913 Massacre.’
On December 24, 1913, the striking copper miners of Calumet were gathered with their wives and children for a holiday party at the Italian Hall. After the festivities had begun, someone — to this day, no one knows who — yelled Fire!
Despite efforts to keep the Hall under control, panic took hold of the crowd. The miners, their wives and children made a mad rush for the stairs. In the ensuing chaos, seventy-four people were crushed and suffocated to death on the stairway. Fifty-nine of the dead were children. There was no fire.
In the version of events that found its way into Woody Guthrie’s song, the “copper-boss thug-men” had plotted to yell Fire! and were holding the door of Italian Hall shut, so that the miners and their families could not escape.
The town itself is still divided over exactly what happened. And no one can explain why they tore down the Italian Hall in 1984.
1913 Massacre captures the last living witnesses of the 1913 tragedy and reconstructs Calumet’s past from individual memories, family legends and songs, tracing the legacy of the tragedy to the present day, when the town –out of work, out of money, out of luck — still struggles to come to terms with this painful episode from its past.
Time: 65 min.
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THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS
Director: Stephen Gammond
Narrated by Billy Bragg, this film includes the definitive history of the life & times of Woody Guthrie, with historical and rare documentary photos and footage, excerpts from over 40 Guthrie compositions and contemporary interviews with friends, family and musicians, including his son Arlo, his daughter Nora, his sister Mary Jo, close friends Pete Seeger and Jimmy Longhi, manager Harold Leventhal, biographer Ed Cray, and Guthrie scholars such as Guy Logsdon, Loralee Cooley, Henrietta Yurchenco, Phil Buehler and Jorge Arevalo.
Time: 160 min.
For Screening Permissions contact: Snapper Music
T: UK + 44-20-7563-5500
IN THE SAND
Billy Bragg / Wilco
Guthrie's recorded output represents a mere 10% of the songs he
wrote. The rest he carried with him on his travels; words he scribbled
down in numerous notebooks and tunes humming in his head. When he
died in 1967, those tunes were lost forever. Thirty years later
his daughter, Nora, went looking for somebody to write new music
for these "lost" lyrics. She found Billy Bragg. Man in
the Sand is the story of how together they brought Woody's words
back to life and created the acclaimed album Mermaid Avenue. Union
Productions – filmed in 1999
“Beautiful to listen to and beautiful to look at.” Time
Time: 90 min.
For Screening Permissions contact: Sincere Management
T: UK + 44-208-960-4438
F: UK + 44-208-968-8458
Director: Jim Brown
artists: Bruce Springsteen, U2, John Mellencamp, Emmy Lou Harris
collection of artists and songs features powerful new versions of
Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly's most important and influential music.
In interviews and performances musicians of today pay tribute to
these two legendary folk heroes through classic songs such as, Deportee,
Goodnight Irene, Union Maid, Vigilante Man, and others. Performances
by John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie
Nelson, U2, and Bob Dylan, to name a few.
Screening Permissions contact: Jim Brown Productions
T: (212) 505-0138
Director: Jim Brown
Starring: Arlo Guthrie
wrote and sang more than 1,000 songs that charged a unique mixture
of blues and country music with a social consciousness that cam
straight from the heart. His distinguished career inspired Joan
Baez, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, and a host of other folk luminaries
who pay tribute to him here. This revealing program traces Guthrie's
life through the eyes of his son Arlo Guthrie. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie's
life was truly Hard Travelin', but he lived it to the fullest and
his songs remain a gift to the world.
Screening Permissions contact: Mermaid Media
16 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
Directors: Michael Majdic & Denise Matthews
In early May
of 1941, an unemployed Woody Guthrie and his wife, Mary, packed
their three children into a battered Pontiac and left southern California
for Portland, Oregon. All he had waiting for him in the Northwest
was the vague possibility of writing songs for a documentary film
about the dams being built on the Columbia River.
When Guthrie arrived with his guitar and family, the Bonneville
Power Administration (BPA) took pity and gave him a thirty-day contract
as a temporary employee, paid at the rate of $266.66 per month.
Guthrie was expected to write a song a day--which he nearly did,
producing 26 songs in 30 days, including American folk classics
Roll on Columbia, Jackhammer Blues, Pastures of Plenty, and Grand
Coulee Dam. University of Oregon
For Screening Permissions contact: Michael Majdic
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299
T: (541) 346-1945
BOUND FOR GLORY
Director: Hal Ashby, Starring David Carradine
Winner of two Academy Awards, Woody's story of his book set against the Great Depression. Academy Award nomination for best film (1976). Rated by movie critics as "4 Stars."
Academy Award - Cinematography, Original Song Score and/or Adaptation
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award - Cinematography
National Board of Review Award - Actor: David Carradine
National Society of Film Critics Award - Cinematography
Time: 149 min.
For Screening Permissions contact: Latanya Taylor
T: (310) 449-3348