Schedule and Film Details

March 13, 2022 --- 11 am -- 6:05 pm Pacific

(don’t forget to spring forward!)

This will be an online, watch-from-home event

Hosts: Susan Michaels and Chris Wright


Time (Pacific)         Title
11:00 am Introductions
11:15 am Paid to Eat Ice Cream (69 min)
Q & A with director David Millstone and W. Bruce Reid
1:00 pm The Canote Brothers Story (scene samples, 30 min)
Q & A with director Larry Edelman
2:00 pm Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story (83 min)
Q & A with director John Whitehead
4:00 pm Take It Back (scene sample and presentation)
Directors Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
5:00 pm Take Hands (A work-in-progress of the finished film, 45 min)
Q & A with director Doug Plummer

Film Details

Paid to Eat Ice Cream


Paid to Eat Ice Cream chronicles seven decades of Bob McQuillen's contributions to contra music and community. His outgoing nature, his role as a mentor to musicians, and the musical contributions he has made are explored in a manner which is humorous, poignant and at times even profound.

More on David's biography and his other dance and music-related videos.

The Canote Brothers Story


The Canote Brothers Story by Larry Edelman gives us an intimate look into the remarkable bond of identical twins Greg and Jere Canote. Sharing genetically matched musical mastery and joyful spirit, they spread happiness and optimism to all they meet. The film illustrates their journey from infancy to festival favorites as they take their place in the rich tradition of singing brother duets.

More on Larry's filmography

Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story

Dont't Get Trouble

Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story is a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919-2012).

The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to playing major festivals, is punctuated and informed by the history of the banjo’s origins in Africa, and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music.

See the trailer here

Take It Back

Ben and Joe

In 2014, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons embarked on a journey along the Mississippi River. One of those encounters was with Hal Reed, grandson of Lucius Smith, who played banjo alongside the great multi-instrumentalist, Sid Hemphill. This snippet of a longer documentary dives into the culture of northern Mississippi and the string band and dance traditions that are often overlooked, dismissed, or flat out ignored in a multi-racial context.

Take Hands

Take Hands

Take Hands tells a small story with big current relevance—a story of how music and dance can unite people across cultural divides. The film follows Stacy Rose and the South Coast Folk Society as they organize a week-long celebration of traditional American music and contra dancing in rural Coos Bay, Oregon. Stacy wants everyone at the dance, no matter their skills or their politics. She wants a dance week that will bring people together and change a town.

See the trailer here