At Fest: Real Folk. Real Music; music documentary by James Wallace
NYC MOVIE PREMIERE! Come watch the "Best folk music movie of the year"! Directed by New York-based indie film director James Wallace, At Fest (2013, 79 min.) is an indie documentary about Real Folk and Real Music. Full of Music, Love, and Family, don't miss a minute of this slice of American life (synopsis below). A welcome break from "social issue" and "big-name-band" music docs, At Fest has brought private screening audiences to their feet in applause, and is booked for one-night-only at Brooklyn Bowl. After the movie, At Fest stars HogMaw will perform live and in person, all the way from York, PA.
AT FEST takes you on a never-before-seen and highly personal journey where you become part of one of the oldest and biggest annual outdoor music festivals in North America. The 50th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival serves as the setting for an exploration into how this festival, run by a non-profit and 2,500+ volunteers, is older than Woodstock, yet remains beloved by “fest virgins” and long-time Fest-goers alike. See a farm field transform into a huge festival. Meet Ryann, angelic fid- dle player for the “thundergrass” band HogMaw, and see how her family has bonded through music and Fest. Meet the “babies of Fest” and people who have been to every Fest for the past 50 years. Paul serenades you by the campfire as a love story unfolds. Then, a storm hits, sending huge tents careening through the sky. In the magic of Fest, people play in the mud and help each other rebuild. All the music is live from Fest. Filled with music, love & surprises, AT FEST is an intimate portrait of a festival unlike any other. Catch a new American music scene as old as music itself, and sure to please anyone who loves to have fun.
Producer/Director James Wallace attended the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2008--his first-ever music festival. He has directed numerous short films, commercials, and web video series. At Fest is his feature debut as a director. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jen, and their cat, Kiera.
Executive Producer Jennifer Wallace is also curator, art director, art collector, and business owner. Jen, a volunteer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival since she was a child, takes an annual break from her art business, nAscent Art New York, to enjoy summer music festivals, especially the Philly Folk Fest. She's thrilled to be sharing At Fest, and loves seeing people connect to its universal themes of music, love, and family.
What started as an accidental meeting of musicians around a campfire has become a progressive bluegrass bomb that has exploded on the festival scene in the North East! By playing original music in an innovative style that is both experimental and familiar, HogMaw has quickly gained a reputation as something that you have to see first hand.
In only 4 years together HogMaw’s resume includes over 60 festival appearances and nearly 200 total performances. These include major musical events such as the 50th Philadelphia Folk Festival, 2 appearances at DelFest in Cumberland MD, Camp Jam in the Pines in Monroeville NJ, Allentown, PA’s Musikfest. They have opened for National acts such as GRAMMY award winners The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bluegrass legends like Peter Rowan, The Seldom Scene, and Tony Trischka. HogMaw also appears on the band scene and has the honor of opening for jamgrass powerhouses Cornmeal, Hackensaw Boys, and Cabinet. They have also had many headlining performances of their own at major hot spots for original music such as The Trocedero, World Cafe Live, Tin Angel, and North Star Bar in their homebase of Philadelphia. The Blairstown Theater, The Strand Capitol Theater in York PA, The Sellersville Theater, The Historic Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ and various clubs all over the northeast. The band headlined the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Bucks Co. Bluegrass Festival at Snipe’s Farm in Morrisville, Pa and also won the 2009 York Revolution Battle of the Bands where they played for a full stadium of 7000+ people.
Through a fan based fundraising project HogMaw was able to release their full length debut effot "Wake" in July of 2012. Produced by Ernie Tokay and mixed/mastered by Grammy winner Phil Nicolo, "Wake" is a daring romp featuring their own brand of THUNDERGRASS songs, transcending instrumentals, and a whole lot of wood chopping! "Wake" truly is an acoustical accomplishment that came out to much critical and local acclaim. The band hopes to tour and make a national splash through 2013 with the new release. "Wake" is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and cdbaby.com, you can also give it a listen for free on the music service Spotify as well.
HogMaw is Matt Baldwin on guitar and vocals, multi-instrumentalist Colin Reeves on mandolin, banjo, dobro, manjo (combination banjo mandolin), and occasional guitar, and Ryann Lynch on fiddle and foot percussion. Joining the band in 2012 is Johnny Calamari on upright bass and harmony vocals.