Chan Centre Connects

Give Me The Banjo (film screening)

Thu May 01 2014 7pm
The Cinematheque

Presented by the Chan Centre in partnership with The Cinematheque

The banjo has been called America’s quintessential instrument, perhaps because its long and contested history has encompassed so many popular musical forms, from black folk styles and the 19th century minstrel show, to blues, ragtime, early jazz, old time folk and bluegrass. Narrated by Steve Martin, Give Me The Banjo brings together contemporary banjo players with folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs to tell the story of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity.

Give Me The Banjo is a documentary created by The Banjo Project that originally aired on PBS. It is a collaboration between Emmy-winning writer-producer Marc Fields and banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka (Music Director, The Banjo Project).

This special screening of Give Me The Banjo is presented in conjunction with the Chan Centre’s presentation of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Saturday, May 10 at 8:00pm (at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts).


Thu May 1 2014 7pm
The Cinematheque