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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Doc Portrait of Guitar Legend Blind Joe Death

An image from "In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey." [Image courtesy of filmmakers]

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"In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey"

Tweetable Logline:

Who was Blind Joe Death? The story of guitar legend who was a true journeyman.

Elevator Pitch:

The self-made mythology of a self-taught guitarist, prankster and raconteur is lovingly examined in our film about a man who inspired Pete Townshend of The Who, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. (All participants in the film.) He was also influential to Sonic Youth and Beck among others.

With the support of the John Fahey Trust, Executive Producer JoAnn McCaig and the creative participation of The School of Creative Arts and Animation of Seneca College of Toronto, Tamarack Productions will ponder Fahey’s enduring legacy in a film that will employ both animation and live action.

Production Team:

Our Team:

Director/Writer/Producer: James Cullingham
Cinematographer: Igal Hecht
Additional photography: Peter D. Richardson, Ben Steinbauer and Todd Segal.
Editor: Jessica Anne Cullingham
Producer/Production Manager: Monica Szenteszky
Associate Producer/Archivist: Tina Witham
Consulting Producer, Oregon: Doug Whyte
Executive Producers: JoAnn McCaig, James Cullingham

About the Production:

John Fahey is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He was also a wonderful writer, a self taught naturalist (with a particular interest in turtles!), a fount of knowledge about American and other musics, and, above all, a brilliant guitar player as well as composer. My own saga with John Fahey began in 1982 with a radio documentary I produced about him for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Ever since, I’ve been inspired by his music, comforted by his bent humour and fascinated by his ever rippling artistic legacy.

Current Status:

The team has finished shooting and is now knee-deep in editing.

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Film's Website
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