Chan Centre Connects | The Porchlight Sessions

USA 2017. Dir: Anna Schwaber. 61 min. DCP

This documentary follows the fascinating story of bluegrass — from its origins in the Appalachian Mountains as a merging of jazz and blues with country and folk music, to its place in modern-day pop culture. Featuring Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, Mumford & Sons, I’m With Her’s Sara Watkins, and many more icons of the genre. “A finger pickin' and foot stompin' cinematic adventure through the evolution of the hillbilly sound” (Franklin Theatre, Nashville). “Informative and engaging ... A penetrating look into the bluegrass culture ... Every twenty years or so, a bluegrass documentary comes along that captivates a generation of fans ... This is, without a doubt, the most artistic bluegrass film to date” (Daniel Mullins, Bluegrass Today).

This screening of The Porchlight Sessions is presented in conjunction with the performance of I’m With Her at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, September 30 at 7:00 pm.

The Chan Centre Connects Series presents outreach activities related to visiting artists performing in the annual concert season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit

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