Music by Jenny Scheinman
Film by Finn Taylor
All footage shot by H. Lee Waters between 1936 and 1942
New York Premiere
Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait is a kind of time machine that will transport you into the lives of ordinary people living in the South during the Great Depression. Based on the work of nearly forgotten photographer H. Lee Waters, Kannapolis weaves some of the hundreds of short, silent films he shot of daily life in small towns across Virginia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas (including Kannapolis, NC); into a compelling tapestry of a moment in time. Composer/singer/violinist Jenny Scheinman and filmmaker Finn Taylor have shaped Waters’s shorts into a truly “moving” portrait. The original films’ subjects got to see themselves on the silver screen when Waters presented his short films at the local movie house. Today’s audiences will experience a shivery echo of that long-ago thrill.