Lomax the Songhunter

Alan Lomax (1915-2002) was a song collector. For a big part of his life, he travelled around the world with his recording equipment, hunting for the prettiest folk songs. Lomax recorded ordinary people, who gave their heart and soul in front of his microphone. In radio programmes, Lomax warned us that we were squandering age-old music traditions at rapid speed.

Filmmaker Rogier Kappers visits Lomax one year prior to his death. He cannot speak with him anymore, because Lomax has been brought down by a brain hemorrhage. The filmmaker decides to search for people Lomax recorded. He travels through Europe in an old Volkswagen. His journey leads him past desolate Scottish islands, through the withered interior of Spain and to isolated Italian mountain villages. Sometimes it’s hard to find back people or music. On other moments he discovers true gems. Old farmers, day laborers, housewives and shepherds do the best they can to sing their prettiest song. The search is combined with conversations with colleagues and friends. Throughout the movie, every now and then we return to a frail but happy 86-year old Lomax. In this passionate and musical roadmovie we slowly discover why folk music can be so pretty and what could have once possessed the legendary Alan Lomax.

Length: 90 minutes
Broadcasters:   NPS Netherlands, PBS United States, TV Catalunya Spain, VTR Belgium
Distribution: Cinemanet Europe/Cinema Delicatessen/ Rounder Records/Icarus Film

Golden Calf ‘best long documentary’  Dutch Film Festival 2005
International Emmy Award nomination for ‘best documentary of the year 2007’
Golden Eagle Award 2007
Nashville Film Award 2006
Gibson Impact of Music Award 2006 (Honorary mention)

Competition on Festivals
IDFA Netherlands
Melbourne Film festival
Sao Paolo IFF
North by North East Toronto
Film Festival Cologne
Biography Film Italy
North West Folk
Cinequest Flim Festival California
Buenos Aires Film Festival
DOCNZ Auckland
and over 25 other festivals worldwide…