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 in an industry where major manufacturers have moved to computer-controlled mass production techniques. The days of a highly-skilled worker making an instrument from beginning to end have largely passed, but Parsons Insistence on using hand tools and traditional techniques has given him an advantage. Parsons can build anything his customers dream up, and he doesn't have to recalibrate a million dollar machine to make it happen.
"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 8th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) will screen over 100 films from 27 different countries across eight sections in addition to offering nightly music festivities in picturesque North Chungcheon Province nearby famous Cheongpung Lake. 20 Korean films will screen across two sections, Korean Music Film Now and the Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award Special. The festival begins on August 9, 2012 and runs through August 15.
JIMFF began in 2005 and has a new chairperson this year in OH Dong-jin. In addition to its film program, it hosts nightly live music events and special concerts on its weekend dates. It also runs the Jecheon International Music & Film Academy and operates a number of other talent development and film support programs aimed at those interested in the boundaries between film and music. Full details and festival ticketing information can be found at: http://www.jimff.org/