Fanning the Fire is a vibrant documentary short that features a young Texas teen that followed his dreams from being a fan of bluegrass music all the way to opening for some of the greatest entertainers in the business – in less than three years. Along the way, the documentary explores why people young and old get hooked on playing this music and enjoying companionship at festivals around the world. Viewers also enjoy behind-the-scenes visits with master musicians from across the USA and Europe who explain how they came to appreciate this uniquely American form of music and why it has broad appeal to beginning players and professionals alike.
Along with the story of Lucas White, Fanning the Fire features interview and live performance footage of legendary bluegrass musicians (including many GRAMMY® winners and nominees) such as Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Adam Steffey, Claire Lynch, Dudley Connell, and others. Fanning the Fire is a fast-moving look at where bluegrass music has been and where it’s going.
Fanning the Fire was produced by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and David Seay Productions, a professional video production company based in Plano, Texas. The film was shot entirely on location in the Texas cities of Farmers Branch, Arlington, Dallas, Corsicana, and Canton. A portion of the funding for the project was provided by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.
The Fanning the Fire DVD contains the documentary short along with extended interview footage with the bluegrass stars who appear in the movie. The total running time of the DVD is approximately an hour and six minutes. Get a copy of the DVD free with your donation of at least $15 to the Bluegrass Heritge Foundation.