Doo Dah Days!, the documentary film produced for the Lawrenceville Historical Society, was aired on WQED-TV on Saturday Night, November 13, 2010 at 10 PM. The film was seen on Filmmakers Corner, WQED’s popular independent film showcasehosted by Minette Seate.
The documentary examines the life and times of Stephen Foster using the atmosphere of Doo Dah Days as a backdrop. It features music by The Allegheny Minstrels and Home Front as well as by Powers-Freeman-Berman, Tunnel Vision and others. Doo Dah Days includes commentary by members of the Lawrenceville Historical Society: Dan Simkins (President of LHS), Mike Murphy, Martha Ressler and Ellen Hunter Ulken, who wrote a biography of Foster called Beautiful Dreamer.
Filmmaker John Kirch is a seasoned professional editor and 27 year veteran of KDKA Television. He has woven the material into a lively, hour-long exploration of the stories behind Stephen Foster’s songs.
The documentary includes videography by Matthew Day and Tony Balko. It is narrated by KDKA’s Dave Crawley
DVDs are almost sold out! Go to the LHS site to see how to get a copy while they last.
The Lawrenceville Historical society is offering the Doo Dah Days! DVD for a donation of $10.00. All proceeds will benefit The Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival (Doo Dah Days) ensuring it’s continuance for years to come.