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Documentary on Fiddlers' Frolics making world premiere in Austin

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
March 9, 2011 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.

"The Devil's Box" is about to be unleashed.

The documentary on the world of competition fiddle playing, filmed mainly at the 2009 and 2010 Hallettsville's Fiddlers' Frolics, will make its premiere Thursday, March 17 at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival.

Kenneth Henneke, one of the organizers of the Fiddlers' Frolics, is ecstatic about the film's debut.

"I've not seen the final cut, but I've seen enough of it to know that it's outstanding," Henneke said.

Director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper spent more than a year immersed in fiddle culture. The 93-minute film is a tribute to fiddle music and the players who have passed it on from generation to generation, according to a partial synopsis of the documentary.

Among the fiddlers featured in the film are Wes Westmoreland III, Mia Orosco, Dennis Ludiker, Larry Franklin, Bubba Hopkins, Sedra Bistodeau, Carl Hopkins, Steve Williams, Bryan Duckworth and Wade Stockton.

"People who love this kind of music follow it fanatically," said Henneke. "When this thing hits nationally, Hallettsville just might grow all the way to Victoria."

The 2011 Fiddlers' Frolic is scheduled for April 15-17.



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