Emmy Nomination: Lomax the Songhunter

Lomax the Songhunter (2004), produced by Joost Verhey for MM Filmprodukties in co-production with Netherland Programmes Service, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony took place on September 24, 2007 at the Sheraton New York Hotels and Towers in New York City. The theme of the 93-minute documentary is Alan Lomax’s devotion to recording folk songs before they were subsumed by the modern music industry. When visited by director Rogier Kappers in 2001, Lomax could no longer speak due to a stroke. Lomax is portrayed through the commentary of family, friends and colleagues, and Kappers retraces (in an identical van) his journeys in Scotland, Spain, and Italy made decades before. On a remote Hebridean island Kappers meets Flora MacNeil, who knows almost four hundred songs by heart. And upon hearing the recordings Lomax made of them in 1952, people in a small Spanish village bring out their bagpipe once again and burst into song. The documentary has won several awards and was aired on the PBS series, POV, in 2006.

Originally posted: September 26, 2007