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Kenny Dalsheimer

Kenny is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media educator based in Durham, North Carolina. He founded The Groove Productions in 1996 when he began producing documentaries and community video. His films, Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange Country Speedway (1997) and Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues (2000), screened across North Carolina as part of the NC Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. He co-directed and shot Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project (2007) and Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty (2012), which screened at festivals around the world and aired across the southeast on PBS. His disability rights film, A New Kind of Listening (2009), received national recognition in 2010 from TASH as recipient of the Positive Images in Media Award. A Weaverly Path (2011) offers an immersive portrait of internationally recognized NC artist and tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden. His 2016 film, Peace in Our Pockets celebrates the peacebuilding work of Kenyan activists in the lead up to Kenya’s 2013 elections. His most recent film, You Gave Me a Song, celebrates the life and music of old-time, bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard. Kenny received his M.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and taught at Carolina Friends School between 1986–1996.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My family—nuclear and extended
  2. Music—including jazz, world/international, alt. rock, and other miscellaneous genres
  3. My guitar
  4. Millie and Wallace—our dogs
  5. Truro, MA
  6. All types of regional, international, and slow food cuisine (including beer and wine)
  7. Gym workouts
  8. Travel and exploring the world
  9. Chocolate (the good kind that may be good for your heart and health)
  10. Computer (for work and play)