WE NEED YOUR HELP TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT.
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For the past five years, Marc Fields has been working on an interactive documentary that can best be described as a cultural resource center for the history of the banjo from its African roots to the present, built on the 300+ hrs of video interviews, performances and archival materials he has collected. It will be hosted by the server at Emerson College and will be part of their digital collections. Called The Banjo Project: Stories of America’s Instrument, it has interactive features that allow multiple entry points and approaches to discovering the banjo’s colorful and contested history. Viewers will use the video and audio assets to build narratives based on their own interests, or according to suggested themes and topics. The innovative design will include portals for partnering institutions to exhibit relevant holdings within the context of banjo history.
As part of this project, Marc also made a feature-length TV documentary for PBS (Give Me The Banjo, 2011) which was narrated by Steve Martin. You can learn more about that film here.
THE FILMMAKER: Marc Fields Director, Producer, Writer…A five-time regional Emmy winner, his public television documentaries on the arts and humanities have been funded by the CPB, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the New England Foundation for the Arts.