Sister filmmakers, Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic, returned to their Appalachian roots to film at the OldFiddler’s Convention run by the Galax Moose Lodge. They were given permission to film for the first timein its 80 year history after Lodge members discovered they knew the sisters’ grandpa. Their localconnection also earned them the trust of the talented musicians who opened their hearts and shared theirstories.
Fiddlin’ is an Old Time and Bluegrass music documentary that takes place at the worlds oldest Fiddler’sConvention in the Appalachian Mountains.This rollicking, inspiring film shines a light on what is bestabout America and shows the uplifting power of music. Wayne Henderson, a world -renowned luthierknown as the “guitar god,” is a master craftsman and master storyteller. His friendship with 11-year-oldguitar prodigy Presley Barker shows how closely knit a community of musicians can be. The enduringrelationship between mentor and prodigy is a testament to music’s power. With multi-generationsjamming together, we are witness to some off-the-charts pickin’ and fiddlin’. And when the top 10 tenfinalists are announced in the ultra-competitive guitar competition, we’re in for an exciting andunexpected musical climax. With kids holding instruments instead of phones, it almost feels like we havetaken a step back in time.