The Ballad of Peter La Farge, Drums music video and Karen Dalton Screening Dates


November 28th
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
San Francisco


Friday, September 18, 2pm
Karen Dalton: Little Bit of Rain;
along with "Drums" music video
BMI Screening Room
Music Row
Nashville, TN

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

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
Cinema 15
White Plains, NY


KSUT Radio Voices in the Wind
hosted by Marge Borst
Sunday July 29th@ 10 pm
listen online at

4th Annual Denver Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
October 11th, 7 p.m.
Starz FilmCenter
Denver, Colorado
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.


Hunter College
Private screening
November 20th, 3 p.m. 2007
New York City, NY

2006 Screenings


Special thanks to Professor Kim Lee and Micky for the great first University screening event!


The Ballad of Peter LaFarge
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
Nashville, TN


July 14-15th
Museum of Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, 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
Tahlequah, OK

Heard Museum, October 2006
Phoenix, AZ

American Indian Film Festival
Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30pm
Lumiere Theatre

1572 California Street @ Polk St.
San Francisco, CA

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.