Karpotrotter, Oss Oss Wee Oss, and Lomax
Slovenia. Dir. Matjaž Ivanišin. 2014, 50 mins. In 1971, at the peak of the Yugoslavian “Black Wave,” filmmaker Karpo Godina traveled through the flat hinterland of Vojvodina, submerging himself in local culture from village to village, capturing the multi-ethnic region in an unusual road movie that is mostly lost today. In Karpotrotter, a young filmmaker retraces the journey through Serbia, coming up with an all-together original film that incorporates Godina’s 8mm footage, along with a startling ending that feels relevant both then and now. Karpotrotter was a highlight of this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Preceded by Oss Oss Wee Oss. United Kingdom. Dirs. Alan Lomax, George Pickow, Peter Kennedy. 1953, 18 mins. Archival 16mm print from Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive. This obscure, infamous folklorist documentary co-directed by Alan Lomax captured pagan May Day celebrations in the sleepy fishing village of Cornwall before it began to draw the thousands of visitors that it does today. Lomax. United States. Dir. Jesse Kreitzer. 2013, 12 mins. In this narrative short, the famed ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax encounters Bill Henley, a 73-year-old recluse living in the Mississippi Delta, during his 1941 journey to record an oral history of the blues.
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