Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary Comes to Cities Nationwide on February 28
by Holley Dey and Louise Uznanski
With Huey Lewis as narrator, Pocket Full of Soul travels the world to explore the history, versatility and cultural impact of the harmonica. Through interviews, stories and stirring performances by master players including James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, John Popper, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, Delbert McClinton, Kim Wilson, Jason Ricci, Taylor Hicks and many, many more, this independent documentary illustrates the powerful and soulful connection between the musician and instrument.
This is no sleepy, academic film. This is a story about passion and intensity, and the music that players breathe through the harp. Through quick cut performance clips and dialogue, the movie explores the bond between player and instrument, and the use of harmonica across music genres. “We’re trying to represent the universe that this instrument inhabits”, says director Marc Lempert. There are interviews with the pros, but conversations with common folk as well, including the adventurer who carries his harmonica with him deep into the wilderness. Humorous and eccentric details are injected throughout the film. Did you know that Chantal tea kettles replace the whistle with a harmonica?
Pocket Full of Soul comes to select theaters nationwide on Thursday, February 28, 2013 for a one night screening. Tickets must be reserved in advance online via Tugg, an innovative web based platform that invites consumers to bring the movies of their choice to local theaters. Consumers request a specific film and theater, then spread word of the event throughout the community. If a sufficient number of people commit to attending and reserve tickets, then the event proceeds. Credit cards are only charged if the ticket threshold is reached and the movie is a “go”.
Pocket Full of Soul will be offered in cities across the United States; several events are already planned, with more to be added in the coming week. To check local availability and to reserve tickets, click on the link. Several of the scheduled events will offer special features. At the New Haven, Connecticut screening for example, blues harp player Mark Zaretsky of The Cobalt Rhythm Kings will offer a harmonica lesson and jam with movie goers following the film. Harmonicas will be available at the theater.
Anyone can play a harmonica, they say. Film director Marc Lempert insists, “If you can breathe, you can play.” It is the simple mechanics of breathing in and breathing out that make the instrument work, but make no mistake, when the masters play the harmonica, it will take your breath away.
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