This deceptively simple but profound film explores the importance of music-making in the life of a pulp mill worker in rural Maine. His “Down East” fiddling style is homemade music, influenced largely by local traditions.
The film suggests that music is important as an individual creative act, as one piece of a complex lifestyle, and as one of the elements through which people communicate and sustain friendship.
“Post-Industrial Fiddle” will encourage thought and discussion in any course dealing with cultural studies, and in a variety of courses in American studies, folklore, rural studies, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology, and sociology. It was produced by renowned filmmaker and musician John Cohen.