The 78 Project Movie

Directed by Alex Steyermark

Release Year: 2014
Running Time: 96
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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Screening Info
Directed by Alex Steyermark

Based on the acclaimed web series but with all-new footage, The 78 Project Movie is a journey across America to record today's musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music -- exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs. Inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th Century, the film celebrates the artistry and craft that spontaneously captured America's most authentic musical forms.

Educational Reviews

"The 78 Project brought to life a recording process that few people today -- including myself before seeing the film -- have ever seen and explored how that process affects the sound of the music and the people on both sides of the microphone. Seeing and hearing how these live recordings were made can help us to better interrogate and explore our audio history, to think about what was captured and why. It also returns a sense of wonder to the act of recording sound, by turning it back into a physical activity and by showing us all the moving parts."

"The 78 project! And, oh, what a fun project it is. Two filmmakers got hold of a 1930s analog disc cutting machine and hit the roads of America. Using the same technology that captured Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and Robert Johnson they recorded current artists and the sound is sublime. I guess it only shows that the newer a technology it is not necessarily better. Its fun to see the reactions of the musicians when they hear the first playback."

Critical Acclaim

“The 78 Project grabs American music by the roots.” - USA Today

“A one-of-a-kind documentary that is part road movie, part concert film, and part journey through the past.” - The Commercial Appeal Memphis

“For fans of pure recording and its history, it’s compelling and informative.” - Billboard SXSW: The Fest’s Top Films

“Rises above simple vintage worship and does more than just glorify the past – it helps us experience it.” - The Village Voice

“The ineffable romance of old recordings makes for magic…ripe with wonder.” – The Austin Chronicle

"Like taking an old black & white photograph and letting us climb inside and feel a part of it." - NPR Morning Edition

“I didn’t imagine anything like The 78 Project, in which we discover that not only are dead media platforms not dead at all, but that they can be gateways into their own peculiarly new universes of creativity.” - William Gibson (in Oxford American)

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