The 78 Project Movie Southern Screening Tour begins today with dates in Athens, New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Little Rock, Dallas and Carbondale

Our month-long Official Theatrical Release Tour of The 78 Project Movie continues today as we hit the road headed south. Over the next week and change we’ll be headed through Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, a nip of Texas, and Illinois to cut records live with amazing musicians and screen the film in theaters.  We’re covering a lot of ground to bring The 78 Project Movie to as many screens as we can in person, in the hopes that we’ll be in one close to you!

The complete tour dates are listed below. We hope we’ll see you at a screening. And if you don’t see one listed in your hometown, request it!

The 78 Project Movie Official Southern Tour Dates

Athens, GA
Athens Ciné
Wednesday, Sept. 24
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session with Patterson Hood!
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New Orleans, LA
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary
Arts Center

Friday, Sept. 26
7:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
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Lafayette, LA
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Saturday, Sept. 27
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session with Wayne Toups!
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Baton Rouge, LA
Manship Theatre
Sunday, Sept. 28
5:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
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Dallas, TX
The Texas Theatre
Monday, Sept. 29
7:30 pm
We’ll be there for Q&A!
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Little Rock, AR
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Presented by The Oxford American

Tuesday, Sept. 30
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session with Adam Faucett!
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Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University
Guyon Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 1
7:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
More info

And while you’re waiting for us to arrive with our Presto, reserve your copy of The 78 Project Movie soundtrack on vinyl! The album contains 15 one-of-a-kind one-take recordings cut directly to acetate disks on our 1930′s Presto disk recorder, and is available for pre-order in The 78 Project Shop. It’s a unique and beautiful album, and proceeds support the future of The 78 Project and our artists.

Pre-order The 78 Project: Volume 2 – Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie on Vinyl + Digital now

Pre-order the soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie now on Vinyl + Digital

The original soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie is now available for pre-order in our shop!

The 78 Project: Volume 2 – Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie contains 15 one-of-a-kind one-take recordings cut directly to acetate disks on our 1930′s Presto disk recorder in The 78 Project Movie. These recordings are not available anywhere else, with singular performances by John Doe, Victoria Williams, The Bo-Keys feat. Percy Wiggins, Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy, The Reverend John Wilkins, Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot, John Reilly & Tom Brosseau, Joe Bussard, John Paul Keith, Ben Vaughn, Coati Mundi, Sea of Bees, Little Wings, Ella Mae Bowen and The Easy Leaves. We can’t wait for you to hear them.

Reserve your copy of The 78 Project: Volume 2 – Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie by pre-ordering now! You’ll receive the limited edition vinyl in the mail along with a digital download card that gets you the songs and downloadable in-depth digital liner notes.

This album is a very limited edition, and will only be available while supplies last via and in select stores. (Our pressing of Volume 1 sold out within a week.)

For full tracklisting, more information, and to pre-order your copy, go to The 78 Project shop!

Hear John Reilly & Tom Brosseau’s 78, see The 78 Project Movie in Seattle and Portland

The afternoon sun streaming in through the windows took on a longing feel as our Presto clicked on and John Reilly & Tom Brosseau started their haunting harmonies. Though moments before the bright L.A. light seemed gentle and sweet, their performance of the lost love lament “Careless Love” was so perfectly harmonized and utterly heartbreaking, by the time the record was full, it had made even the sunshine understand the song’s timeless yearning.

Our Official Nationwide Release Tour for The 78 Project Movie continues as we cruise up the West Coast to show the film in Seattle and Portland at two amazing independent theaters. We can’t wait to see you there!

Northwest Film Forum
Sunday, September 14, 7:00 pm
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA

Hollywood Theatre
Monday, September 15, 7:30 pm
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR

Hear John Doe’s 78 “Skip to My Lou”, Our West Coast tour starts today

John Doe, being the punk rocker that he is, mined “Skip to My Lou” for its fiendish fun in his masterful recording. On our New Year’s Day visit to his house in Northern California for The 78 Project Movie, he showed us a Folkways Collection LP of the song performed by Lead Belly that inspired him to dust off this sweet tune from childhood and sharpen the edges a bit.


Our Official Nationwide Release Tour for The 78 Project Movie is officially in full swing. This week we’re returning to the West Coast for the first time since our road trip to make The 78 Project Movie, excited to share the finished film with you. We have screenings scheduled in Los Angeles, Camarillo, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. And we’ll be there in each city to answer questions and spend time with you if you’ll be there!


The 78 Project Movie International Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

It’s with great excitement that we announce the International Premiere of The 78 Project Movie at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival this October. We couldn’t be happier to be presenting our film at such a prestigious event and in such great cinematic company.


If you’ll be in London October 16-19 and would like to join us there, we’ll be so glad! The 78 Project Movie will screen twice, October 16th at 8:45pm and October 19th at 6:15pm. Tickets are now available through the BFI London Film Festival website. And the festival program includes a beautiful description of the movie.

As we prepare to leave tomorrow for our Official Release Tour, it’s exciting to know that there’s so much more to come. We’re grateful that this journey is always just beginning.

The Library of Congress to screen The 78 Project Movie, and a new acetate from Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot

The Library of Congress will host a screening of The 78 Project Movie and live recording event as part of its Botkin Lecture Series.

On September 5th a great dream of ours will come true as we screen The 78 Project Movie and cut a record live at the Library of Congress. Over the two years since we began working on the film, we’ve had the privilege to visit the Library’s American Folklife Center in Washington, DC and its Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA, where we were shown Alan Lomax’s Presto, his correspondence and actual acetate recordings, and given a glimpse into the work the truly amazing folks at the Library do to preserve America’s musical treasures. We’re honored to be able to return to the Library’s historic halls to present our film and to use our Presto to record a 78.

The 78 Project: Documenting Historic Sound in the Contemporary World Botkin Lecture & Screening of The 78 Project Movie
The Library of Congress
Friday, September 5th 2:00 – 4:30pm
Mumford Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Building
Independence Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Streets Washington, DC


Louis Michot told us that what he loved about French music was that everyone playing was driving the same rhythm and the same melody together at the same time. A community of song.  We had driven to the Michot family home in Arnaudville, LA last August, and in the course of a hot and happy afternoon, recorded Louis with his wife Ashlee and their friend and musical collaborator Corey Ledet for The 78 Project Movie. The trio cut a 78 of the traditional Cajun dance-ending song “’Trape mon chapeau,” fiddle, accordion and guitar working together the whole way through to forge a powerful, cohesive feeling into the song.  Compelling imaginary dancers to crowd together on the floor and enjoy the last joyful moments of the party.

The 78 Project Movie is Now Screening in Theaters Nationwide

You can bring The 78 Project Movie to a theater near you!

Beginning this September we’re taking The 78 Project Movie on a road trip (much like the way we shot it!), appearing live at screening events in more than 20 cities around the country.

Want to see The 78 Project Movie in a theater in your town? Through a partnership with Theatrical On Demand® distributor Gathr Films, individuals like you are now able to bring The 78 Project Movie to your local theater!

Community is at the heart of The 78 Project Movie, and we’re excited to be able to use Gathr’s innovative system to share the film with you and your friends in the same grassroots spirit in which it was made.

Take a look at the map below to see if there’s already a nearby screening or special event planned. If not, request one or join our team and become a host.

The 78 Project and Goorin Brothers live event series

We’re honored to be partnering with Goorin Bros. Hatmakers to present a series of live events at Goorin shops across the country during our official release tour of The 78 Project Movie.

We’ll be kicking off the series with a music-listening event in Chicago on August 16th at the Goorin Brothers Wicker Park shop. Join us there from 2pm-4pm for cocktails, vinyl, video clips and, of course, fantastic hats. It will be an exciting start to our weekend of screenings at Chicago’s Music Box Theater as part of their Summer Music Film Festival.

Throughout September, as we tour The 78 Project Movie in theaters nationwide, we’ll be stopping along the way at Goorin Bros. locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, Boston and New Orleans to play our recordings on vinyl and acetate, show video clips, and in some locations even present live musical performances and live record-cuttings.

More details on specific dates of events will be coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at some of Goorin Bros.’ offerings:

Our partnership with Goorin is a celebration of craftsmanship and tradition. Goorin Bros. is a century old fourth-generation family-owned company, making classic hats with a modern touch that adhere to the authentic craftsmanship laid out by its founder, Cassel Goorin.