Since 2009, I have been dedicated to getting at the heart of this music. I’ve scoured archives and studied moments captured on film negatives through a loupe, hoping to find the clues to stitch it all together. To celebrate these archival elements in the film, I highlighted quality imagery and went further to be the first to digitize many negatives from storage. Many of the images and songs I’ve unearthed offer a rare look into the past.
Creatively, we styled the film with a fresh yet nostalgic look and shot on a mix of Super 8mm and digital media. By using many visual conventions – rounding edges, film roll-outs, hand-drawn graphics – we attempted to play on past ways of consuming media. For example, our opening sequence is an homage to credit sequences of the 70’s and particularly to the early B&W film about Bluegrass, High Lonesome. The effect feels homespun yet contemporary.