Archive for January 30th, 2006

Working all day and a good part of tomorrow on a grant to add more films to folkstreams.net which is already a rich resource modestly called “The Best of American Folklore Films.”

Many surprises among the films up already including:

Painted Bride
This 1990 video features the exquisite mehndi body painting tradition as it is practiced among Pakistani immigrants living in Queens, New York City. The film follows a mehndi artist, Shenaz Hooda, as she prepares a henna paste and paints intricate designs on the hands and feet of a bride-to-be, while the bride’s friends sing humorous songs mocking the groom and the future in-laws.

Remembering Emmanuel Church
An oral history of Emmanual Episcopal Church in Fauquier County, Virginia. The storytellers are masters-all of them members of the congregation from the old farming community tradition of Fauquier County. The stories, funny, sad, and scandalous, are memories of friends and family who are dead and buried in the churchyard. A 2000 video by Tom Davenport.

When My Work Is Over
The Life and Stories of Miss Louise Anderson, 1921-1994

The gifted African American storyteller Louise Anderson (1921-1994) tells her family stories and folk tales, and recites poetry in this film taped in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in the last years of her life. Her sisters Evelyn Anderson and Dorothy McLeod join Louise in recalling their experiences growing up in the South, working in restaurants and as domestics in white households, and struggling for civil rights in the early 1960s.

Possum Trot
The Life and Work of Calvin Black, 1903-1972

Calvin Black was a folk artist who lived in California’s Mojave Desert and created more than 80 life-size female dolls, each with its own personality, function, and costume.

And many more that need to be added.

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