It's taken months of wrangling, cajoling and negotiating, but the major music clearance issues appear to be solved and we can proceed with distributing the DVD. For backers at the $100 level and above, we will create a DVD of the full-length program plus several extras that had to be cut from the broadcast: a chapter on Uncle Dave Macon, one with Cynthia Sayer and the 4-string banjo, Ralph Stanley touring his museum, and performances by Taj Mahal and others. We hope to begin mailing these out by late March.
The DVD will be distributed commercially by New Video beginning in June, with different packaging but the same content. It will be available through Amazon, The Banjo Project and New Video websites.
We're also submitting Give Me the Banjo to film festivals. So far it's been accepted for screenings at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Feb 25, Missoula MT) and Green Mtn Film Festival (March 24, Montpelier VT); others to follow.
PBS is still streaming the broadcast version on the PBS Arts website, along with several other clips. Working with PBS Learning Media, we're also creating educational content (video clips, lesson plans, online texts, etc) that will be made available to secondary schools.
Tony Trischka and I want to express our deepest gratitude for your support and especially your patience. Just over a year ago, this Kickstarter campaign ended, surpassing our expectations. The deal with PBS followed later in the Spring. Now we look back over a year in which we finished shooting and editing a feature-length program, had a national broadcast that was seen by an estimated 4 million (!) people, and we've got a DVD in the works. Y'all made it happen!
Please stay in touch on The Banjo Project page on Facebook as well as our website, www.thebanjoproject.org . We're planning a major re-design to fulfill our intentions of creating an online cultural resource for the banjo built around the material we've gathered over the past ten years...
Marc Fields and Tony Trischka