At long last, the documentary I directed and edited, with my lovely wife Emily Frandsen as a Co-Producer, While We Are Together, is available for streaming on the internet. For those who might not know in October 2014 we visited the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina for their annual Fall Festival. The Fall Festival features artists, craftsmen, and musicians from all over the country selling their creations and performing on a couple of stages. It also features performances from local dancers and dance groups. That Saturday, on the main stage we saw a group of local people doing something called “Morris Dancing” and the energy they displayed really grabbed our attention. Something we noticed was the wide range of age groups that were participating; kids as young as 12 and adults in their 70s. It looked like Morris dancing had wide community participation in this rural area and we wanted to know more.
For well over an entire year we visited Brasstown and filmed the Morris dancers during practices and performances, and got to know them at their parties and potlucks. We started shooting in December of 2014, and wrapped our principal photography for this documentary project on New Year’s Eve, 2015. Additional interviews and secondary filming continued throughout 2016, and 2017 was a year of editing in spurts. In January 2018 we premiered While We Are Together for the Brasstown Morris Dancers at the Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC.
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So pop some popcorn and get cozy this weekend! Get to know this lovable, eccentric community of Morris dancers from Brasstown, NC in our documentary film, While We Are Together.
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