Community connectivity in 'Kannapolis'

Mar 27, 2019

Robbie Fulks, Jenny Scheinman and Robbie Gjersoe perform live accompaniment to "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait." Image courtesy of Arcata Playhouse

One might expect films documenting everyday life in the southern United States during the Depression to focus on areas entrenched in poverty with a sullen, segregated populace. Not so for H. Lee Waters who produced films he termed "Movies of Local People." The people in these films inspire a sense of true "community," says Jenny Scheinman during her March 26 interview with Wendy Butler for Artwaves. Waters captures the cultural and racial diversity in more than 100 small towns throughout the region. Scheinman, an acclaimed musician, has written the music for an unusual film/live music collaboration between Scheinman and feature filmmaker Finn Taylor that has brought to life Waters' unassuming but no less powerful, silent short movies. "Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait" was commissioned by Duke University and is being presented by Arcata Playhouse and the Minor Theatre at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at Wildberries or online at