ABOUT THE FILM
Paducah, Kentucky is a charming river town in the heart of America. Its LowerTown district is a place where artists from all over the country moved into beautiful old houses, revitalizing a troubled neighborhood with the largest Artist Relocation Program ever. From an egg carver, to a print maker, to a sculptural ceramicist, to an art quilt master, this documentary combines artist profiles with interviews and archival photos to explore city history and the tradition of quilting in America. Lush cinematography meets a diverse music score by composer/performer Josh Coffey (of “Bawn in the Mash”) in this series of documentary portraits by award-winning filmmaker H. Paul Moon.
BEHIND THE SCENES
H. Paul Moon is a filmmaker, composer and video artist. Through his production company Zen Violence Films, he profiles performing and visual artists who span boundaries from classical arts to new media technologies. He also creates experimental films in the tradition of wordless environmental cinema ranging from city symphonies to Koyaanisqatsi.
Paul's debut film El Toro—an experimental work that explores connections between the ancient ritual of Spanish bullfights, and the passion of the Christ—won the Best of Show award of the 2010 Rosebud Film & Video Festival at Artisphere, and the Experimental Media Prize of the 2011 WPA Experimental Media Series at The Phillips Collection. Prior to El Toro, Paul filmed the documentary R. Luke DuBois: Running Out of Time, profiling a New York composer and visual artist who builds on notions of cultural and romantic memory, exploring how information can be manipulated over time for emotional impact. The documentary premiered at the 2011 DC Independent Film Festival, won the 2011 "Best Short Documentary" jury prize at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, won the 2011 "Silver Medal for Excellence in a Music Documentary" at the Park City Film Music Festival, and won the 2013 "Best Short Film" jury prize at the Reel Indie Film Fest in Toronto. Subsequently, Paul filmed the short documentary Hamac Cazíim, about a punk band using music to maintain their indigenous heritage, which became an official selection at the Red Nation, Chicago International Movies & Music, and Ruby Mountain Film Festivals, the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast, and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Filmfestival in Stuttgart, Germany.
Paul later debuted Time Crunch, a landscape/environmental film accompaniment to the same-named work for chamber orchestra by composer Jordan Kuspa, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with the 21st Century Consort. Time Crunch became an official selection at the Ruby Mountain, James River Shorts, Chronos, and Park City Film Music Festivals. From the same series at the Smithsonian, he debuted an experimental work named Simple Machines with an original music score by R. Luke DuBois, which subsequently screened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York City. His newest films are LowerTown Paducah, a documentary about an artist relocation program in Kentucky, and The Saxon New World, a documentary about 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri, from the untold history of America's earliest and largest immigrations. Projects still in production include a narrative short, and three feature-length documentaries: about the American composer Samuel Barber, cowboy poetry, and the life of Whittaker Chambers — an espionage thriller.
Prior to his recent interest in filmmaking, Paul was a playwright and a composer of incidental music for theatre. He lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area, where he also teaches video editing at Docs In Progress as an Adobe Certified Expert (A.C.E.).
Josh Coffey is a composer, producer, multi-instumentalist and music educator from western Kentucky. Incredibly varied in his musical capacities, Coffey is easily at home in orchestral settings, string quartets, string bands, jazz ensembles, and rock-and-roll bands. Regularly performing in theaters, at bluegrass & folk festivals, on the country western stage, in rockabilly honky tonks and on paddlewheel riverboats keeps Coffey untethered to any specific genre, allowing him the versatility a musician of his caliber requires to thrive.
A home grown string player that learned at the knee of older musicians, Josh Coffey has spent most of his life creating: singing, playing, performing and writing. Having begun performing at just five years of age, Coffey's music career already spans two and a half decades. In 2005 Coffey became a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music, where he studied violin and viola as well as tuba.
Most commonly known as a founding member of Bawn in the Mash, a "Genre-bending, progressive bluegrass band....stretching the boundaries of string music to new levels," Coffey has been an integral part of the band's musical progression into other genres. Bawn in the Mash have four self-produced albums to their credit. Coffey has helped not only arrange the music for but also produced, recorded, and engineered the fourth album.
He is currently working with a variety of great musicians and bands. In addition to Bawn in the Mash, he is regularly performing with the Wheelhouse Rousters and the Solid Rockit Boosters as well as performing solo.