ONE-HOUR TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY
Mariposa: Under a Stormy Sky is a musical celebration of the spirit of the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, and the folk music movement of the 1960s.
The film was broadcast on CTV, TVO, the Discovery (USA), and other networks.
Nominated for Best Director, Gemini Awards (1993)
Mariposa: Under a Stormy Sky captures the excitement of performers who draw on traditional roots to explore new and exciting musical directions, and features outstanding performances by country star Emmylou Harris, blues great Buddy Guy, super-producer turned singer Daniel Lanois, and the powerful, uplifting singing and dancing of Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens from Soweto, South Africa.
Also featured are Gospel masters The Dixie Hummingbirds, Cajun rockers Wayne Toups Zydecajun, singer-songwriter Wille P. Bennett, “anti-folk” artist Cindy Lee Berryhill, “folk-punk” band The Violent Femmes, folk rockers The Leslie Spit Treeo, the soaring vocals and violin of Fat Man Waving, and Canadian folk veteran Murray McLaughlin.
The film combines performances and interviews exploring contemporary roots music, its relationship to other musical forms, and its connections with the folk movement of the 60s. Also included is rare archival footage of Mariposa in the 1960s with classic performances by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Ian and Sylvia, The Travellers, Buddy Guy, and Richie Havens.
Mariposa: Under a Stormy Sky celebrates a movement in music!