Open Country Film Screening and Q&A – Reclaiming a People’s Music!

with Jesse Drew and Glenda Drew.

What are the real radical roots of Country Music? This movie is a journey to reclaim country music as the creative musical expression of working people of all colors.
The filmmakers ask very important questions, such as: Where did the musical instruments of Country come from? What about women in Country? What about the essential influence of African-American musicians? Of Tex-Mex? Of McCarthyism? Of media monopoly? Of the Vietnam War?

This film features interviews with Billy Bragg, Mat Callahan, Keith Cary, Davey D, Ryan Davidson, Hazel Dickens, Hilary Dirlam, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Bairbre Flood, Archie Green, Gerald Haslam, Toshio Hirano, Roger Knox, Jon Langford, Hannah Mayree, Morgan McDow, George Metesky, Yvonne Moore, Utah Phillips and Pete Seeger.

Doors and Music 6:30, Film 7:30, Q&A 9pm

With live music by The Dusty Duets.

Bsec Members: $5
General Admission: $15

Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture,
269 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215


JESSE DREW is an advocate for public access to media arts production and distribution, Drew is a founding member of the San Francisco Community Television Corporation, and in 1994, he was awarded a “Goldie” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian for his work in community media. Recently, he was active in bringing Low Power FM station KDRT (Davis Community Radio) into existence. His writings have appeared in numerous publications and journals as well as several anthologies, such as Resisting the Virtual Life (City Lights Press) and Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture (City Lights Press). A chapter in a book published by MIT Press, At A Distance: Art and Activism Before the Internet (Eds. A. Chandler, N. Neumark) investigates the evolving notion of networks and alternative communication practices that occurred before the popularization of the internet. A chapter in an anthology entitled Collectivism After Modernism by the University of Minnesota Press details the role of video collectives in contemporary arts movements. He teaches theory and practice of new media and audiovisual arts and communications technologies at the University of California at Davis.

GLENDA DREW is a critical maker whose research is based at the intersections of visual culture and social change, with a particular emphasis on the working class. The content of her work is rooted in creating messaging with greater social implications, fostering innovation and encouraging behavior change. Her subjects include country musicians, waitresses, feminists and precarious workers. She is a Professor of Design, specializing in digital media at UC Davis.

With live music by The Dusty Duets.


Jun 12 2024


6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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