Two musicians featured in EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY PEOPLE will give post-screening performances following the Friday and Saturday 8 pm shows! Sheila Kay Adams and Sidiki Conde will join director Alan Govenar on stage at the Cinema Village for some music and conversation.
ALAN GOVENAR (Director)
Alan Govenar is a writer, folklorist, photographer and filmmaker. He is president of Documentary Arts, which he founded in 1985 to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Govenar is the author of twenty-nine books and is a Guggenheim Fellow. The Off-Broadway premiere of his musical Texas in Paris received rave reviews in The New York Times and Huffington Post.
Govenar's film Stoney Knows How, based on his book by the same title about Old School tattoo artist Leonard St. Clair, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Govenar has also produced and directed numerous films in association with NOVA, La Sept/ARTE, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including Master Qi and the Monkey King, The Beat Hotel, You Don't Need Feet to Dance, and Extraordinary Ordinary People, all distributed by First Run Features.
Since 1982, Govenar's work related to the recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship has included three books: Masters of Traditional Arts, Extraordinary Ordinary People, and Stompin' at the Savoy; two 52-part radio series, broadcast on more than 150 NPR stations nationwide; the development of the website www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org; and a learning resource guide for students K-12 that he co-authored with Betty Carter and Paddy Bowman.
SHEILA KAY ADAMS (Cast)
A seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, Sheila Kay Adams was born and raised in Madison County, North Carolina, an area renowned for its unbroken tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing that dates back to the early Scots/Irish and English settlers in the mid-17th century. She learned to sing from her great aunt Dellie Chandler Norton and other notable singers in the community. In addition to ballad singing, she is an accomplished banjo player and storyteller. Adams began performing in public in her teens, and throughout her career she has performed at festivals, events, music camps, and workshops around the World. Adams is also the author of two acclaimed books and has recorded several albums of ballads, songs and stories. Adams appeared in the movies Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Songcatcher (2000). In 2013, Adams received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award.
SIDIKI CONDE (Cast)
Born in Guinea, West Africa, Sidiki Conde is a master drummer, singer, and dancer. He "received the call to sing and dance" at 14, when polio left him almost completely paralyzed. Sidiki was determined to overcome his handicap, but the obstacles were almost insurmountable. When it came time for the ceremony in which young men dance time-honored steps into manhood, he knew that if he did not participate, he would remain forever cut off from his community. He struggled to reconstruct the traditional steps by dancing on his hands instead of his feet, and his performance was met with applause.
Sidiki and his friends organized The Message of Hope, an orchestra of artists with disabilities recruited from the city's streets. The troupe toured West Africa, performing and striving to change the perception of disabilities. In 1998, Sidiki's music brought him to the United States, and he founded the Tokounou All-Abilities Dance and Music Ensemble the next year. In 2007, Sidiki received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the following year, he released his first CD From Guinea With Love. Today Sidiki lives in New York City, where he teaches workshops at schools. In working with students, Sidiki emphasizes that dance transcends any disability.