In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey is a 57-minute documentary released in 2013 that focuses on the life of the musician John Fahey, also known as the father of "American Primitive Guitar".[1]

The documentary was filmed and based in Washington D.C. where Fahey was born, the Mississippi Delta, where Fahey met and recorded with many musicians, and Salem, Oregon; where Fahey resided in during the last 20 years of his life. The documentary includes a series of video clips of Fahey’s performances, interviews with those who were involved with the musician in his personal and professional life up until his death in 2001.

The film gives viewers an in-depth understanding of what Fahey’s personal world was like, and how he worked as a musician through animation, interviews, video clips and documentations of Fahey. In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey was released in October 2012, 11 years after Fahey's death.


James Cullingham[edit]

The film was produced, directed and written by James Cullingham, owner of Tamarack Productions. Cullingham is a Toronto-based filmmaker who holds a PhD in history from York University. Cullingham has worked as an executive producer and writer at the Canadian Broadcasting and a professor in broadcast journalism at Seneca College. He has also created documentaries focused on history, culture and politics including As Long As The Rivers Flow (1991) and Lessons in Fear (2005).

Other credits[edit]

  • Assistant Producers - Monica Szenteszky, and Tina Witham.
  • Director of Photography - Igal Hecht
  • Editors - Caroline Christie and Jessica Anne Cullingham.
  • Supervising Editor - Caroline Christie
  • Executive Producers - James Cullingham, JoAnn McCaig, Doug Whyte
  • Animators - Bianca De Guzman, Alice Ho, Min Zhou
  • Under the Supervision of - Professors Ben McEvoy and Barnabas Wornoff
  • Creative Participation - School of Creative Arts & Animation at Seneca College, Toronto
  • Produced by Tamarack Productions, with the support of The John Fahey Trust, with the participation of Oregon Public Television (OPB) and in association with Blue Ant Media



  1. ^ Miller, Dale (January–February 1992). "Reinventing the Steel". John Fahey. Acoustic Guitar. 

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