This fall the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Southern Documentary Fund will co-present another season of the monthly Fresh Docs series, a showcase for documentary works-in-progress and recently completed films. Each screening is followed by a moderated discussion with the filmmaker, with audience feedback encouraged for works-in-progress and a focus on the making of the film for completed works. Up first this season, in the series’ new venue at the Full Frame Theater, is Tom Ciaburri’s doc-in-progress, Ironing Board Sam’s Tenth.
Ironing Board Sam’s Tenth
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, Power Plant Building, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina
Two keyboards, a gold suit, a beat up van, and a seventy-four-year-old musician: Ironing Board Sam is on a mission to secure his rightful place in music history as an R&B legend. Sam toured the South for decades beginning in the 1950s and was a regular guest on the Night Train TV show, electrifying crowds with his infectious music and a homemade keyboard atop an actual ironing board….fast forward to hard times and obscurity. Ironing Board Sam’s Tenth is an intimate portrait of an artist, revealing the painful consequences of chasing a dream and the creative renaissance of an unheralded star.
And mark your calendars for the next Fresh Docs screening: the Durham premiere of Rhonda Klevansky’s One Band Indivisible on Saturday, November 30, at 5 p.m. Klevansky’s feature documentary is about Durham, North Carolina’s famous Hillside High School’s Marching Hornets, arguably the most popular band in the Bull City. One Band Indivisible follows the musical paths of four Hillside students as they progress through a season of band—the agony of hot summer band camps and early morning practices, the unbearable uncertainty of auditions, the excitement of half-time performances and street parades—and depicts the heroic fundraising efforts of the parents to keep the band alive.