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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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Spring update (Happy Easter!)


hey guys,

Hope this message finds you well. I'm working with quite a few parties including a music supervisor, lawyers, record labels, publishers, sales agents, distribution companies, and you know how slow things can get when requests and schedules fall on the desks of these kinds of people (and their people). I promise you I'm working my hardest to push all the licenses and deals through. 

I am also learning about mobile-friendly responsive web design through Skillshare and General Assembly. My goal is to build a new website with easier access to content and sharing functionality with an interactive timeline of information that helps guide viewers and interested parties to the right knowledge representing the history and music of Bluegrass.

Our music supervisor is helping me restructure the deal with the licenses needed for the musical elements that we cannot afford. I may be forced to swap, reedit, and or rerecord musical elements. Several of our distributors will not move unless that aspect of the release of the film is confirmed. Additionally, no one promotes a film after its already available on iTunes, Netflix, etc. so I can't release the DVD until we promote the film in theatres and venues. So I know you guys are waiting and are growing impatient. Believe me, I am too. Until I raise more money, things will have to go and grow slow.

I did want to point out again that this has always been a passion project of mine, mostly personally funded with additional kickstarter backing, which for the scale of the project I'm creating is quite uncommon. The end result of this body of work will be innovative for the bluegrass world and I hope this 5 year labor of love will be worth it to the consumer and the generations to come. I know you will all be happy to be involved once you see our final product.

Chat to you guys later! 

If you want to know about the DVD release, this too will be happening after we sort any semi-theatrical deal however, if you'd like to see the film on vimeo, email me and I'll see what we can arrange for private viewing -


ps. if there is anything you'd like to see in my updates, please feel free to comment and I'll start taking requests like a DJ.

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    1. Lynda Dawson on

      You rock Anna, thank you for working so hard on this!

    2. Lori Reason on

      Hi Anna,

      For the website - do you know about It's easy to use even for absolute beginners. Start building your RWD site in minutes (I use several) with templates that you can customize. Monthly fees are $3 for a basic site, $6 for pro (with more functions).

      Yes - do another fundraiser. How much is needed for music releases (approx)?

      So glad that you're pushing through with this and that your vision is so high. Bless,

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      David Porter on

      If additional funds are needed, why not do a second fundraiser? I'm sure a lot of people would help.