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Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer

United States 2019 80 mins. In English

This loving portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard, replete with performances from her long career and interviews with key collaborators, provides a look into her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music. You Gave Me a Song follows eighty-four-year old Gerrard over several years, weaving together verité footage of living room rehearsals, recording sessions, songwriting, archival work, and performances with photos and rare field recordings. Much of the film is told in Alice’s voice and via interviews with musical collaborators and family members who share the story of Alice and others chasing that high lonesome sound.

Part of the 37th Annual Reel Music Festival.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 37