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New John Fahey documentary to be screened at Raindance

A new documentary on John Fahey will be screened for the first time at Raindance film festival later this year. In Search Of Blind Joe Death – The Saga Of John Fahey is directed by James Cullingham, who first met Fahey when making a radio documentary about the guitarist.

Cullingham's film uses archival footage and audio recordings of Fahey, interviews with his former wife Melody Fahey, Dean Blackwood (who runs the recently revived Revenant records), Pete Townshend, Calexico's Joey Burns, musicologist Rob Bowman and others, to cover Fahey's background in Washington DC and his travels around the Mississippi Delta, plus his forays into running independent record labels.

In Search Of Blind Joe Death – The Saga Of John Fahey will be screened at London's Raindance Film festival on 29 September. The film will also be screened at Leeds International Festival, Vancouver International Film festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and on BBC Four in early 2013. More details here.