David Aldrich's short documentary showcases the journey and talents of Randy Parsons, whose hand-crafted guitars stand out as works of art in an industry otherwise dominated by mass produced, cookie-cutter instruments manufactured by robots and CNC machines.
"American Luthier" recounts Parsons' transformation from aspiring musician to guitar-maker. The guitar had been Parsons' identity since he was a child, but after studying classical and jazz guitar in college, he realized that he would never make a living as a musician. So he gave it up -- and then one day he had a vision of how the guitar would come back into his life. Now he's creating instruments that are sought after by musicians such as Jack White and Jimmy Page. "This is a film is about someone who gave up their passion for playing guitars and discovered that they had a passion for making guitars. I believe audiences will be inspired by Parsons' story, and his commitment to preserving the art of making guitars." says Aldrich.
The Woods Hole Film Festival is an eight day showcase of independent film, held annually from the last Saturday of July through the first Saturday of August, and is the oldest independent film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands. “American Luthier” will be screening with other short films at the Redfield Auditorium located at 57 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. Redfield Auditorium is part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Tickets for panels, performances and films can be ordered on-line at http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/
The Box Office, located at the Old Woods Hole Fire Station, is open daily during the festival from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get your tickets early! Shows tend to sell out quickly. For more information about the festival, see http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/
For more information about “Randy Parsons: American Luthier,” please visit www.americanluthier.net