At The Feed & Seed, an independent film written and directed by April Janow and Dax Cuesta, recently won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 15th Annual Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, held April 3-13, 2014 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At The Feed & Seed, also a Best Music Documentary nominee, was screened at the historic Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was followed by a rousing bluegrass and claw-hammer banjo performance by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys, one of the film’s featured bands.
At The Feed & Seed impressed the festival audience with a rare glimpse of rural America and its love of bluegrass music. The film highlights a vintage farm supply building in the the small town of Fletcher, North Carolina and its transformation into a renowned bluegrass venue.
The documentary tells the story of Pastor Trees’ homeless congregation and building owner and WWII veteran, Harry Thomas, Sr., and how the Fletcher Supply Co. building brought them together and gave the church a home. Noticing that the building had five sides, which created great acoustics, Pastor Trees was soon booking bluegrass bands at the Feed & Seed on Friday and Saturday nights to play for donations only. Bluegrass bands, clog and flat-foot dancers, and music lovers all come together in a family-friendly setting that now attracts visitors from all over the country. At The Feed & Seed captures this magical setting and asks the question “What does the Feed & Seed mean to me?”
April Janow and Dax Cuesta, two production accountants who work in the movie industry, are unlikely filmmakers who found a story at the Feed & Seed in need of telling. Said April Janow: “Fletcher Supply Co., and the Feed & Seed are treasures that should be shared, as the people, music, and dancing are not something that someone in a different part of the country would ever have the opportunity to experience. It’s definitely something special that shouldn’t slip away, especially in this time of smart media and lives moving at a frantic pace.” Everyone associated with At The Feed & Seed and the festival audience truly recognize its unique story and appreciates the tale it tells.