American Patchwork, Alan Lomax’s award-winning PBS television series documenting regional American folk traditions; Oss Oss Wee Oss, four films on the Padstow May Day celebrations in Cornwall; and the Choreometrics series Rhythms of Earth, are being made available on DVD through Media Generation.
The five films in the American Patchwork series The Land Where the Blues Began; Appalachian Journey; Jazz Parades: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now; Cajun Country; and The Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old are available as single DVDs .
Oss Oss Wee Oss is a box set including the original 1951 film produced by Alan Lomax, Peter Kennedy, and George Pickow, plus three new films by John Bishop and Sabina Magliocco, which follow the dancing hobby horse from Padstow, UK, to Berkeley, California.
In Dance and Human History; Step Style; Palm Play; and The Longest Trail Alan Lomax and Forrestine Paulay investigate relationships between movement style and culture. They will be offered in a new DVD edition entitled Rhythms of Earth, which will also include a short feature on The Global Jukebox and a new film by John Bishop exploring the concepts and methods of Choreometrics.
Originally posted: December 31, 2007