Chicago Humanities Festival: Kannapolis
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Depression-era itinerant filmmaker H. Lee Waters documented more than a hundred small towns in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee in his series Movies of Local People. From 1936-1942, Waters recorded people going about their lives, then worked with movie theaters to screen his silent shorts, inviting his subjects to view themselves on the silver screen alongside Hollywood stars of the day. Musician Jenny Scheinman performs her live original score to Waters’ footage, reworked into a new film.