While any good, seasoned, die-hard John Fahey obsessive knows that it’s actually impossible to “like” other things such as painting, books, shelter, architecture, food, and movies because you’re far too busy liking John Fahey, there’s a lot of neophytes out there who, sadly, just don’t get it yet. And so, for those pathetic losers who haven’t yet realized that they ought to gouge out their eyes on the grounds that they’re little more than Fahey Listening Distractions, The Wire reports that a new John Fahey documentary will be premiered later this year at the Raindance Film Festival. Oh well. At least it’s Fahey-related.
This particular succession of moving pictures is called In Search of Blind Joe Death – The Saga of John Fahey and was directed by James Cullingham, who first met the insanely prolific composer, guitarist, and author when making a radio documentary about him. Cullingham used “archival footage and audio recordings of Fahey, interviews with his former wife Melody Fahey, Dean Blackwood (who runs the recently revived Revenant label), Pete Townshend, Calexico’s Joey Burns, musicologist Rob Bowman and others” to tell the story of Fahey’s Washington, DC background and Mississippi Delta wanderings, as well as his forays into running independent record labels.
The film will screen at London’s Raindance Film festival on September 29, with scheduled follow-up screenings at Leeds International Festival, Vancouver International Film festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and on BBC Four in early 2013. For additional info about the film and the man-myth-legend of John Fahey, check out the movie’s website. If you haven’t yet transcended the need for eyeballs, that is.