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'Syncopated City' documentary film to be shown at CCU

February 5, 2014

“Syncopated City (1919-1933)” will be shown at Coastal Carolina University on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium. The documentary film is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.

This event is part two of the six-part film series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series consists of screenings of documentary films about major genres of 20th century American music, followed by scholarly discussions on how the music has impacted our American culture and musical landscape. Each session will end with live music featuring CCU music faculty and students.

“Syncopated City (1919-1933),” narrated by Julie Andrews, focuses on the Broadway stage in the 1920s. It was the era of revue-style musical comedy featuring stories of the recently liberated woman. These stories reflected the values of the newly mingling classes that spent time together in the speakeasies in New York and the American fantasy of dreams coming true. It features on-camera commentary by historians as well as performers, writers and critics.

Upcoming films in the series are:

* Monday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Session Three: Swing Jazz featuring “Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration” and “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” * Monday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Session Four: Country and Bluegrass featuring “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music”

* Monday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Session Five: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop featuring “Latin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges” and “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale”

* Monday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Session Six: Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In”

“America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, awarded to CCU’s Department of Music and Kimbel Library. CCU is one of only 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series. “America’s Music” is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music.

The James J. Johnson Auditorium is in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, located at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. in Conway.

For more information, contact Patti Edwards, project director, at 843-349-2570 or pyedward@coastal.edu, or Amy Tully, project scholar, at 843-349-2352 or atully@coastal.edu.