Hear! Here!

Our hosts are Nova Scotia's own Chris "Old Man" Luedecke the multiple Juno award-winning bearded minstrel bard and Lesley Robinson who grew up in the First Nation Ojibwa community in Kipawa, Quebec. Together they discover and uncover the musical people and places of Canada, starting in Preston, Nova Scotia, one of Canada's largest and oldest black community.

  • Daniel Baugh
    Director
  • Daniel Baugh
    Writer
  • Ann Bernier
    Producer
    Assholes: A Theory, The Mill, Quebec My Country Mon Pays, Decoding Life: The Epigenetics Revolution, High Hopes: The Business of Marijuana, Fanarchy, Arctic Defenders
  • Old Man Luedecke
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Les Robinson
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Reeny Smith
    Key Cast
    "herself"
  • Reverend Wallace Smith
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • JR Smith
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Music, African Canadian, traditional folk, Gospel
  • Runtime:
    44 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    60,400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Canada
    October 17, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • CBC GEM

    Canada
    September 13, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Vertical Productions Inc.
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Daniel Baugh

At the tender age of 7, Daniel made his first foray into film, starring in a public information spot alongside Elwy Yost (TVO-Magic Shadows). However, life would eventually find him on the
other side of the lens and applying his skills to a wider range of media. Today, Daniel can be found directing diverse projects, from radio spots to web-based, multilingual interactive applications.
Daniel has directed content for clients and agencies alike. More notable clientele include; SapientNitro, Ferrari, Astramedia, Credit Suisse, Clearwater, Kleenex. This is his first film as writer director.

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Director Statement

Like almost every other person on earth, I have found it curious that so much talent is often overlooked whilst so much mediocrity is celebrated. We all have heroes from whom fame eludes.

In the mid-nineties I found myself playing mandolin in a bluegrass band with an incredible 5-string banjo player named Lesley Robinson. Les was raised in the indigenous community of Kipawa, Quebec. The son of an Irish/Algonquin father and an Algonquin mother, his fingers were like lightning as they rolled across the strings, the notes perforating the air like machine gun fire. But he was ever humble about his talent. It was just something he did, like fishing or eating. He told me that everyone back home on the reservation was like him, and that fantastic musicians abounded. I was fascinated. How could this be? Why isn’t Kipawa famous? Yet to the people of that small community in Quebec, fame was never the point.

And like the musicians of Kipawa, our band was never going to “make it big”. But the music made all the people around us smile.

I have long been a fan of Old Man Luedecke and his music. And I’m not the only one. His lyrics and banjo prowess have made fans around the globe. Beyond his numerous and well deserved accolades, he has honed his talent and career without compromise or forsaking integrity – a true artist in every sense of the word.

And that’s the point.

Together, these two kindred banjo playing spirits open our eyes and ears to what music really means, and from where it comes.

It is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of what music is for a community, nothing less, nothing more. It is that ethos that compelled us to bring these stories to screen.

It is with this resolve that we, together with you, discover North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Enjoy.