Filmmakers: Jason Arthurs, Ted Richardson
Runtime: 32 minutes
Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy, with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces, is trying to save the dance.
About the Filmmakers
Jason Arthurs is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Raleigh, NC. During his five years as a photographer and video producer for newspapers, he was twice named North Carolina Photographer of the Year. Arthurs graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he studied photojournalism and history. He serves as faculty on the University of North Carolina’s Documentary Workshops whose projects have also received international awards for digital storytelling. Arthurs remains actively involved in editorial journalism and has worked on assignment for the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
Working primarily as a news photojournalist for the past 20 years, Ted Richardson has covered a variety of assignments, including stories in Afghanistan, China, Bosnia, Nepal and Cuba. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in English, and from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Masters in Journalism. Richardson has taught courses in photojournalism and multimedia journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Associated Press. The Last Barn Dance is Richardson’s first film.