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The Ballad of Peter La Farge, Drums music video and Karen Dalton Screening Dates
Fall Record Store day DRUMS vinyl single release on Rhino Records
Friday, November 13, 7pm
"Drums" music video
Official selection American Indian Film Festival
Palace of the Fine Arts
Friday, September 18, 2pm
Karen Dalton: Little Bit of Rain;
along with "Drums" music video
BMI Screening Room
Wednesday, May 27th 8pm
along with "Drums" music video So Cal premiere
Hwy 62 Cinema
Red Arrow Gallery
Hwy 62, Joshua Tree, CA
Thursday November 13th 7pm
"Drums" music video world premiere
A Tribute to Floyd Westerman
featuring John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, Rambling Jack
Palace of the Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 3rd 6:30 pm
Siren Star Publishing
Playa del Rey, CA
Private screening for CD artists, Academy members
Thursday, May 8th 8:30 pm
Miami Beach Cinema
512 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, FL
with special guest Alexandra Gomez, Peter's granddaughter
after screening reception at Gemma Lounge on Lincoln Road
FLAVORPILL FILM REVIEW: Documentary
The Ballad of Peter LaFarge
May 8th, 2008
Peter LaFarge could've been one of those unsung souls that people write sad tunes about. Instead, he wrote the songs himself. Among them was "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," which Johnny Cash rode all the way up to number three in 1964. Cash was pals with LaFarge — as were Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, all of whom swung alongside the half-Indian cowboy crooner throughout the early part of NY's folk heyday. Yet unlike his cohorts, LaFarge never made it out; he was found dead in his apartment at 34. Director Sandra Schulman assembles the arcana of a tragic life.
– John Hood
Westchester Film Festival
March 10th at 6:45 p.m., 2007
White Plains, NY
Palm Springs, CA
screening info tba
hosted by Marge Borst
Sunday July 29th@ 10 pm
listen online at www.ksut.org
4th Annual Denver Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
October 11th, 7 p.m.
Ron Pollard's mysterious photo of the hallway leading to Peter LaFarge's room
by Carole Levine
Peter LaFarge...betcha never heard of him, right? Well, this extraordinary musical talent influenced a generation of protest folk artists from Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte Marie and Johnny Cash before dying at age 34 more than 40 years ago. His biggest songwriting hit, recorded by Cash, was "The Battle of Ira Hayes" about the tragic life of the Iwo Jima hero (recently played by Adam Beach in Flags of Our Fathers.)
Although LaFarge wrote extensively about Native rights issues and claimed Indian ancestry, he likely was not Native at all. The short documentary, The Ballad of Peter LaFarge, details the impact and tragedy surrounding this genius. I had the pleasure of seeing the film last week at the Denver Indigenous Film Festival where filmmaker Sandra Schulman screened an extended rough cut version which included rare archival footage of LaFarge singing and an interview with Johnny Cash. An amazing film about an amazing man.
TCC West Campus
7505 W. 51st St.
November 20th, 3 p.m. 2007
New York City, NY
Special thanks to Professor Kim Lee and Micky for the great first University screening event!
Official selection of the Nashville Film Festival!
Monday, April 24 at 9:25 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25th at 2 p.m.
Green Hills Cinema
Museum of Northern Arizona
Southwest Native American Film & Video Festival
Screening and panel discussion on Native protest music
Thursday, September 21st at 2 p.m.
Film screening and CD preview listening event
BMI Nashville Screening Room
Filmmaker Schulman plus special guest artists in attendance
Hollywood Reporter Story on the BMI screening:
October 12 at 5:15 pm, 2006
International Cherokee Film Festival
American Indian Film Festival
Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30pm
1572 California Street @ Polk St.
San Francisco, CA
NOMINATED FOR BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
December 7,2006 @ 7 pm
Scottish Rite Temple
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This is a really special one as Peter LaFarge lived in Santa Fe on and off with his Pulitzer Prize winning father Oliver LaFarge. His writer brother John Pen LaFarge, sister Povy, and cousin Grant LaFarge all came to the packed screening.