A film documentary of legendary flute maker Patrick Olwell whose black-wood, silver-keyed flutes are played by the top Irish musicians.
A film documentary of legendary flute maker Patrick Olwell whose black-wood, silver-keyed flutes are played by the top Irish musicians in the world, such as Matt Molloy (The Chieftans) and Seamus Egan (Solas).
Who: Patrick’s fame and prowess as a flute maker have grown organically, from quirky beginnings in a cabin at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with no running water or electricity, to a workshop in the historic town of Nellysford, VA, that sees him making flutes that will be played for generations. Patrick is joined at his shop by his son, Aaron, who is learning the skill and art of making flutes by hand from his father. In this age of computerized mass-production, there is real magic happening amid the blackwood shavings and silver stock at Patrick’s workshop.
What: The film will try to capture what is subtle and beautiful about the flutes Patrick makes, and show that side-by-side with what is subtle and beautiful about Irish traditional music. The filming will start with a week spent at Patrick’s workshop and home in Virginia, getting interviews and up-close footage of Patrick and Aaron working on flutes. Then we will be traveling around the world for interviews, from Chicago and Boston to Ireland, England and Australia, maybe even Japan. We will be filming traditional sessions in all of these places, and learning why Patrick’s flutes are so coveted by the traditional music community that right now people are putting deposits on flutes it will take over six years to receive.
Why: This is a chance to tell the story and preserve the heritage of a unique individual who, from a modest workshop in rural Virginia, has shaped the direction and sound of traditional Irish flute music for more than twenty years. Patrick’s flutes will be played far into the next century, traveling through time in the hands of real musicians, kept alive by their breath.
How: All of the funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign will be going to help cover our travel expenses as we (Myself & Blayne Chastain, production assistant) interview musicians who play Patrick’s flutes, and film traditional sessions around the world. Our time and equipment will be donated as part of this project. It is our goal to finish a 30-45min documentary by September, and submit it to film festivals by the end of the year. There will be a Blu-ray and DVD version of the final film as well.
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a live concert in your home featuring Jem Moore on Irish flute and MinTze Wu on fiddle playing an amazing selection of music from trad to Bach.Estimated delivery:
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