Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tom Davenport

Sister Mildred Barker in The Shakers

Tom Davenport's The Shakers (1974), available at, is a 30 minute marvel. The film sensitively documents a distinctive religious sect at a time when few Shakers remained to carry on their traditions. Folklorist Dan Patterson, who had extensively researched Shaker song, collaborated on the film, which includes fine examples of several Shaker spirituals (Sister Mildred Barker, above).
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