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Directed by Emmanuelle Antille

Switzerland 2018 94 mins. In French, English with subtitles

Texas-born folk singer Karen Dalton, who came up in the downtown New York scene of the 1960s but blazed a trail all her own with her unique take on folk and the blues, was one of the most famously reclusive musicians of the 20th Century. With beautiful fingerpicked guitar and her lovely off-kilter voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday, Dalton captivated audiences with her live performances and two albums for Capitol Records, It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You Best (1969) and In My Own Time (1971) before disappearing to a remote Colorado cabin and swearing off a life as a professional musician. Antille’s beautifully idiosyncratic film sees her and a band of collaborators tracking traces of Dalton around the country—uncovering a complex, layered history of a pathbreaking singer and musician who left us far too soon, dying of complications related to AIDS in 1993, at the age of 55. North American Premiere.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 36

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