‘Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions’ to be screened at Tryon International Film Festival

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kirk Gollwitzer, Martin Anderson, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Carolyn Ashburn, Lavin Cuddihee

Kirk Gollwitzer, Martin Anderson, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Carolyn Ashburn, Lavin Cuddihee

The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) is pleased to announce that “Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions,” an oral history film documentary celebrating Saluda’s musical heritage, will be screened as a non-competitive film at the Tryon International Film Festival on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. at the Tryon Theater.

The old saying is, “You can’t go home again.” But, maybe you can. The HSC has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda.

The HSC enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda’s rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present.

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Over 60 individuals from the past and present day are highlighted in the film along with a smorgasbord of musicians, such as the Aaron Burdett Band, Tellico, Changed, James Metcalf and The Colt Creek Band, and many more.

Involved in the making of the film include the creator and producer, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, chair of the HSC; cinematographer, writer and editor, Kirk Gollwitzer (PCFI); associate producer, writer and narrator Martin Anderson  (HSC and WNCW); creative consultant Carolyn Ashburn (City of Saluda); location director, first assistant camera and still photography Lavin Cuddihee (PCFI).

Funding was provided by the Polk County Community Foundation’s Saluda Fund, City of Saluda, Historic Saluda Committee, Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery, WNCW a Media Sponsor, The Purple Onion, Betsy and Allen Burdett, Rhonda Corley, Anita Ogden Moore, Historic Thompson’s Store, Martin Anderson and Brad and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle.

For more information go to www.historicsaluda.org or email historicsaluda@gmail.com. For details on the Tryon International Film Festival go to www.tryoninternationalfilmfestival.com.

– article submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle