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FILM | "The 78 Project Movie" Rochester Premiere


Inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to capture music where it lived throughout the early-20th century, the creators of The 78 Project traveled around the country to record American musicians using a 1930's-era microphone-to-vinyl recorder. The result is a collection of one-of-a-kind 78-rpm records of punk rockers, and folk, gospel, and Cajun singers, each recorded in one take, playing tunes with historic roots in their hometowns in Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, New York, and beyond.

"The 78 Project Movie" is a documentation of the journey, featuring performances as well as insight provided by technologists, historians, craftsmen from every facet of field recording, Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, and curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian.

The film will be screened Friday, December 19, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21, at 1 p.m.; and Monday, December 22, at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue). Tickets are $8 for general admission, with discounts for members and senior citizens. For more information, call 258-0400 or visit