The Groove is not Trivial

Directed by: Tommie Dell Smith


Total Runtime: 60 min

Country of Origin: United States

- Audience Favorite, Mill Valley Film Festival
- Official Selection, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

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Sunday June - 4 - 12:30 PM





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“A good tune is hard to keep down.”

Alasdair Fraser

(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)

Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser is at the epicenter of a movement that is giving a voice to the community through the shared love of music. The Groove is Not Trivial follows Fraser on a search for self-expression, a quest that has led him to his Scottish musical roots. There, he finds a groove that runs through his performances with cellist Natalie Haas and his teaching at his wildly popular, freewheeling fiddle camps around the world. At these gatherings for musicians of all ages and abilities, ‘the groove’ connects his pupils with the past and sparks possibilities for the future. A subversive empowerment occurs, as people reclaim cultural roots in danger of being lost. The irrepressible Fraser proves that the groove in traditional music transcends toe-tapping fun – it can be a source of personal and political liberation.