Troubadour Blues will be showing on the big screen at the historic State Theatre in State College next month as part of a festival/conference commemmorating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday.

My documentary is one of three films scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7, opening day of the three-day event. Troubadour Blues is showing from 11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., followed by O Brother Man: The Life and Art of Lynd Ward (author of a pioneering series of Depression-era graphic novels) at 12:45 p.m., and 1913 Massacre (inspired by a Woody Guthrie song and featuring Arlo Guthrie) at 2:40 p.m.

Saturday’s conference sessions will begin with a keynote address by Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter and founder of the Woody Guthrie Center in Oklahoma. At 10:50 a.m., I’ll be joining filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton (O Brother Man) and Ken Ross and Louis V. Goldieri (1913 Massacre) for a joint discussion of our three films. Conference sessions are at the Nittany Lion Inn in downtown State College.

Concerts and other events are planned. For details, visit the conference website.

I’m still awaiting word from the Americana Music Association about a screening as part of their big festival/trade show in Nashville later in September. Also, I may be accompanying Peter Case on some tour dates in the Midwest during November. As always, if you would like to sponsor a screening in your own community, or if you have an idea for a venue, please contact me!