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The evolution of the bluegrass sound told through the voices of the community.
The Porchlight Sessions offers a rare look at the inventiveness of the human spirit through reimagining the history of Bluegrass. #bluegrassfilm
The Porchlight Sessions offers a rare look at the inventiveness of the human spirit through reimagining the history of Bluegrass. #bluegrassfilm
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Film Update


Hey friends,

Hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving this week and a Happy Hannukah!

Wanted to drop a quick update since a lot of your are hoping to gift The Porchlight Sessions DVD and merchandise this holiday season. I thank you all for your excitement about the film's release!

As many of you know, I have partnered with Compass Records in the distribution of the film, which means there are some particular changes that they request from the Director's cut I completed last September, which was reviewed here

The beginning of the film is getting restructured to include more aspects of the history of Bill Monroe and there are several additional new elements to be shot that will be added. The overall running time is changing from 100 minutes to 85 minutes with several musical elements being replaced. Bonus content is also being considered for the DVD.

The continuous unforeseen production and editing of the film, as well as our shifting licensing status may mean we all have to wait more patiently for the film to reach the hands of its core audience. How long we wait I cannot say exactly but I can say that I am as anxious as any for this film to wrap up and find its fans all over the world.

Regardless of these temporal and financial setbacks, I truly believe the final product is something I will be genuinely happy to have created and will be excited to share with you and generations to come.

Many thanks for your continued excitement and support.

With gratitude,


Dianne Porter, William Holman, and 8 more people like this update.


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    1. Anna Schwaber Creator on March 4, 2014

      Hi Tom - I think there will certainly be clips released as spoilers...


    2. Telluride Tom Heidger on March 3, 2014

      I sure hope the DVD will be available by festival season.
      I'd really love to share it with my festivarian family of friends.

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      David Maulik on December 2, 2013

      Thanks for the update!

    4. Jim Cummings on December 2, 2013

      Hi Anna,

      Your endless diligence and patience is quite inspiring! (at least, you're good at projecting a calm patience to the outer world...)

      I sure hope that much of the musical material you've had to cut at various stages can find its way into some kind of special features or bonus content, ideally on the DVD, or perhaps even as a bonus one-off disc for Kickstarter supporters (if that in some way is easier to get permission for from some of the artists).

      But I know you're doing all you can to make it as fantastic as it can be, given all the artistic, partner, and licensing challenges you're dealing with.

      And take a little break here in the dark of the year, maybe kick your feet up by the wood stove for a few days, eh?

      Thanks for all,
      Jim Cummings

    5. Dianne Porter
      on December 1, 2013

      Thankyou for this update. It will be worth the wait. Administrivia is always a challenge so keep going with my blessings :D I don't want to add any more to your current stress loads eh.