Martin Lederle-Ensign, a young Arlington County filmmaker, screened “Crooked,” his 53-minute documentary on The Crooked Road before an appreciative audience at The Floyd County Store Saturday afternoon.
Ensign started the the project as a year-long high school project in Arlington, producing a 12-minute film with a borrowed $70 video camera. Then he and his father, minister David Ensign, raised $5,161 through Kickstarter.com, and he took a year off from education to travel the road and create the expanded production.
The father calls his role driver and producer — which he said meant “producing the wallet to pay for it” — and they tell a story with many facts about the role of old-time traditional music in the area.
They came to the Country Store with a handful of DVDs they produced and manufacturers themselves and showed a film with interviews with several familiar faces, including Arthur Connor, Mac Traynham, Scott Perry, Woody Crenshaw and others.
Crooked also tells the story of the influence of African-Americans in old-time music and includes footage and interviews with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who closed out the year with a New Year’s Eve concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with the Old Crow Medicine Show.
Traynam followed the screening with a solo concert on stage at the Country Store.
Sadly, one of the bands featured in Crooked is The Jugbusters, who lost leader and fiddle player Bill Richardson last year and has disbanded.