Hoosier Fiddlers: Celebrating Indiana’s Fiddle Traditions is a documentary film that showcases Indiana’s rich landscape of fiddle playing. I’m traveling across the state to attend festivals, interview Indiana’s finest fiddlers, and will also include archival footage of musicians who have already passed on.
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About the filmmakers:
Deb Shebish performs traditional fiddle, folk, orchestral, and chamber music and has performed at venues including the The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, United States Air Force Academy, the Waterford Tall Ships Festival in Ireland, and the Leith Folk Club in Scotland. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Indiana State University and a Masters Degree in Scottish Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her masters thesis focused on how traditional fiddle is taught to youth in the Orkney Isles, Scotland. She has contributed to two Greentrax Scottish Traditions CD’s: Orkney: Land Sea and Community and Chokit On A Tattie. Deb is a versatile licensed music educator who has taught for The School District of Philadelphia, Indianapolis Public Schools, Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta, The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and St. Mary of the Woods College. She released her first album, Kitchen Fiddle, in September 2015 and is currently working on the documentary film Hoosier Fiddlers: Celebrating Indiana’s Fiddle Traditions.
Catherine Crouch is a veteran filmmaker based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago in 1999. Recent work includes writing and editing 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (2015) from director Ronit Bezalel’s 20 years of footage of the most infamous public housing community in America. Local work has been a series of political performance YouTube videos with Cotton Lover Swifts, a trio of artists and activists including Lori Perdue and Becca Hopson. SnO’bama Globe (2014), The Sweet Mystery of Indiana Love (2015) and Bernie Sanders – A Smooth Socialist (2016). Catherine’s filmography as writer/director also includes the experimental short films Vanilla Lament (1997), One Small Step (1999), Pretty Ladies (2002), The Gendercator (2007), Buttery Top co-directed with Kelly Hayes (2009), and A Pirate in Alphabet City (2012). Stray Dogs (2001) Catherine’s 35mm feature film debut as a writer/director, was released to DVD by Spectrum Films and is available through Netflix. Screenwriting credits include co-writing the HBO Original Movie Stranger Inside (2001) with director Cheryl Dunye and co-writing the documentary Damn Good Dog (2004) with director Erica McCarthy. Other notable film work includes cinematography of the DV feature documentaries Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 (1999) and Sisters In Cinema (2003), both directed by Yvonne Welbon and the writing and editing of Slaves of the Saints, (2010), a documentary about Macumba in Rio de Janiero directed by Kelly E. Hayes. For more information on Catherine or her films, www.CatherineCrouch.com