Speaker: Andrew Bottomley, SUNY Oneonta Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Chris King is one of the country's best-known collectors of vintage 78 records (an entire chapter in Do Not Sell At Any Price details his obsession). Living in rural Nelson County, Virginia, King is now getting fed up with encroaching development. In Paul Duane’s documentary While You Live, Shine, Duane immerses his audiences in King’s life, and in one of the oldest forms of Western music, using King’s record collection. His favorites belong to the distinctive, melancholy, traditional violin music of Greek Alexis Zoumbas. These folk recordings, mostly from the early 1900s, haunt and transport the listener to a bygone time and place. The title of the documentary references the Seikilos song, one of the few preserved compositions of ancient Greek music. King travels to Epirus, Greece to experience the music first hand at a remote gathering where Greeks come together every summer to play, dance, eat, love, and sing to the transcendental music. (Paul Duane, 2018, Ireland, 80 minutes)
This film is sponsored by WSKG.
ANDREW BOTTOMLEY is Assistant Professor, Media Studies at SUNY-Oneonta, where his research focuses on the history of new and emerging media. He has published research in numerous academic journals, including Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, Creative Industries Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Popular Music and Society. Prior to entering academia, he was a journalist and the co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of the underground music, arts, and entertainment magazine Skyscraper. He has held a number of other positions in the music industries, including running a small independent record label and tour-managing bands. He also worked in the film industries with the non-profit film preservation and media literacy organization The Film Foundation (affiliated with the Directors Guild of America), and worked on the productions of several documentary films, including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005) and the seven-part PBS film series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (2003).