IBMA To Launch Film Festival

ibma1111The inaugural IBMA Film Festival will be held during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event, to be held in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 30-Oct. 4. The film festival will highlight eight film projects, including “Banjo Romantika” (Lee Bidgood), “The Porch Light Sessions” (Anna Schwaber), “At the Feed and Seed” (April Janow), “The Cricket” (Andrew Cartoun), “G2-Mind Over Matter” (David Elfgren), “Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B” (Rick Bowman), “The History of Future Folk” (Jeremy Walker), and “The Tao of Bluegrass-A Portrait of Peter Rowan” (Christine Funk).

“We have several goals for the film festival:  to introduce the bluegrass industry to new bluegrass-related films, to promote the creation of these films, and then to provide a platform and a showcase for our members who have created these films,” said Nancy Cardwell, Executive Director of IBMA. “We feel this will be a benefit not only to the filmmakers in our industry, but to the many bluegrass fans that attend World of Bluegrass.”

All eight films in the IBMA Film Festival will have multiple showings Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. The showings, held near the Bluegrass Expo Hall inside the Raleigh Convention Center, are free and open to the public. Some filmmakers will attend the screenings to participate in “Q&A” sessions with the audience.

For more information about the films, along with movie trailers, scheduled viewing times and locations, visit


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