Mountain View High School Senior’s Documentary Part Of Atascadero Bluegrass Film Festival
Mountain View High School Senior Frank Grabowski’s “Bluegrass — A Documentary” will be screened in Atascadero as part of a repeat of the 2012 NCBS International Bluegrass Music Museum Film Festival that was held in January at the Redwood City Main Library. This was the first student film ever shown at the five-year-old festival.
The May 16, 2012 festival is a 3-hour version of the FREE film festival and will be hosted by NCBS members Roger & Rosemary Siminoff at their home. An (RSVP) siminoff (at) siminoff (dot) net is required.
“There are still many concerts and camp outs for Bluegrass, but a vast majority of Bluegrass players play in small groups known as ‘jams’ during which 3-10 people get together and play songs,” says Grabowski.
The film explores the culture of informal bluegrass music in the local area and beyond, and contains footage of and interviews with many of Northern California’s best-known musicians.
Grabowski has been making video media projects for fun since the 6th grade. This project was for a class at Freestyle Academy, which is affiliated with Mountain View and Los Altos High Schools. He plans to major in media studies in college next year, with a focus on claymation stop motion animation. He plays piano and guitar, and has attended area bluegrass festivals with his family.
Michael Hall is the film festival director.