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Bethany Yarrow

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Vocalist/songwriter Bethany Yarrow may be the child of folk-pop story Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary. A Brooklyn citizen, Yarrow’s first curiosity was understandably not really music, but film. Actually, in a variety of interviews she’s spoken of her long-time rebellion against her personal musical history. In university she began producing documentaries. Yarrow received a fellowship to visit South Africa where she aimed the feature-length documentary film, Mama Awethu!. The picture, which depicted the lives on ladies in the country’s townships, was demonstrated nationally on PBS and was joined in a variety of film festivals throughout the world. She eventually received prizes in the Sundance, Berlin, Human being Rights View, and Bombay Film Celebrations. After her movie theater experience, Yarrow started to comprehend the wealthy lineage of folk music that were an integral part of her everyday activity growing up. Being truly a politics person, she linked both the social, politics, and historic contexts of several from the songs from your folk music cannon, and started to perform them in little night clubs and coffeehouses in NY with augmented and initial instrumentation. The documented result was her debut recording, Rock Island, released on the tiny Monster label in January of 2004. Produced with help from Kevin Salem (Mercury Rev, Poor Brains) and Knox Chandler (Siouxsie & the Banshees), the recording takes your hands on many songs from your American and Celtic canons and recontextualizes them using contemporary production methods and methods to songwriting and overall performance. Unlike the artificial DJ methods to folk music, which have a tendency to erase initial meaning from tunes and blur their initial motives, Yarrow’s interpretations in addition to her own tracks give shards of instructions and meaning on her behalf own period without demeaning or emptying the foundation materials of its power. Her cinematic method of recording is really a pleasant and refreshing. Furthermore to her very own album, Yarrow in addition has appeared being a support vocalist on Claudia Acuña’s record Luna. The discharge of Yarrow’s following task, a duo documenting for tone of voice and cello with Rufus Cappadocia, entitled Delivered to Roam, was planned to be released afterwards in 2004.

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Full Name Bethany Yarrow
Profession Film director, Film producer
Parents Peter Yarrow
Siblings Christopher Yarrow
Music Songs 900 Miles, If I Had My Way, Linin' Track, Isn't That So, East Virginia, No More Songs, Asturiana, Forgiveness, St. James Infirmary, The Swallow
Nominations Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries
Movies Mama Awethu!


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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biorythms 2003 Documentary short
Mama Awethu! 1994 Documentary

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For the Next 7 Generations 2009 Documentary camera operator

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For the Next 7 Generations 2009 Documentary musician

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biorythms 2003 Documentary short producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary South African Songs courtesy of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Concert for Newtown 2013 TV Movie Herself
Peter, Bethany & Rufus: Spirit of Woodstock 2008 TV Movie Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary/Actuality Mama Awethu! (1994)
1994 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Documentary Mama Awethu! (1994)


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