New documentary explores the rich history of the fabulous Greenwich Village folk music scene
Rockland County resident Terri Thal and other people in the film to appear for panel discussion at tonight’s 7:25 screening at Manhattan’s IFC Center
Happy New Year. We’ve been meaning to write, but we’ve been busy. But today we have some news we just had to share.
The documentary “Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation” has been quietly making the rounds of film festivals. Some of you probably have heard some word-of-mouth, got a chance to catch it at DOC NYC 2012 or at least have seen the trailer.
Terri Thal, right, with singer Terre Roche at the 2010 Gerdes Folk City Reunion. (Photos © 2010, Steven P. Marsh)
We’ve only seen the trailer. It’s hard to tell from the clips alone how well the feature-length film really tells the fascinating story of the unique cultural, political and geographical elements nurtured so much talent. But the rare footage and new interviews — among the subjects are Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Chapin, Lucy and Carly Simon, Oscar Brand, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian Tyson, Eric Andersen, Israel Horovitz, Jose Feliciano, Kenny White, Sonny Ochs, Sylvia Tyson, Pete Fornatale, Happy Traum and John Sebastian — alone are surely worth the price of admission to anyone who’s interested in the time and place.
Sylvia Tyson at the 2010 Folk City Reunion.
The film has begun a six-screenings-a-day run through next Thursday, Jan. 24, at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street in Manhattan. Click here for schedule, ticketing and information about the theater. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $9.50 for children and senior citizens, and $8.50 for IFC Center members.
But tonight only, at the 7:25 screening, some of the people you’ll see on screen
Happy Traum at the 2010 Folk City Reunion.
will appear in person to participate in a panel discussion. Musicians Traum, Doug Yeager and David Amram and radio personality Brand are scheduled to appear.
Terri Thal — known in Rockland County as a longtime defender and protector of history and the environment as an officer of the West Branch Conservation Association — who played an integral, nonperforming, role in the fertile musical scene.