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Free Hands Academy screening of “EMMETT”

Very satisfied feeling hangin' with the best. Left to right Don Schiff, Greg Howard, me, Tony Levin and Gene Perry.

A very satisfied feeling hangin’ with the best after the screening. Left to right Don Schiff, Greg Howard, me, Tony Levin and Gene Perry.

The big news this summer was a 42 minute work-in-progress screening to a receptive audience at the American Jewish University for Free Hands Academy.

The healthy community that has grown around this new way of playing music is the very definition of grassroots – growing from the root upwards. There is nowhere else where I’ve experienced this kind of community phenomenon more strongly than at the Free Hands Academy this August.

Ten years ago, I started making this documentary by just jumping in, with a simple faith in the project and its subject, but nearly no funding. Of course I do feel a lot of pressure to finish it now. Editing is in process on the twenty hours we shot at the AJU and some highlights will be posted as soon as possible, starting with The State Of The Stick conference that took place on Saturday 8/16 with eight great players – Gene Perry, Greg Howard, Gary Jibilian, Steve Adelson, Emmett Chapman, Don Schiff, Dale Ladoucear and Bob Culbertson.

My Interview with JHammondC

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You can catch my interview on the audio web series, Beyond The Playlist with JHammondC

Beyond The Playlist with JHammonC interview with Dan Chapman

Terrific audio production quality, combined with stimulating questions makes JHammonC a super interviewer. We had lots to discuss, my background and the current status of my documentary, EMMETT. Plus all things music, love, work, art and commerce. Not necessarily in that order.

Here are a couple of corrections:

In describing The Railboard’s process, I misspoke and called it NCN processing. Whoops! What I meant to say was CNC machine process (on a milling machine).

Also when Hammond asks, “Had you made films before?”
I talked about my college days, studying photography and design. I said “My senior photography student told me to focus on directing, because I was making dramatic photo sequences with stills.” I meant to say, “my photography professor told me to focus on directing.”



This audio file can also be downloaded here:

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Emmett - a documentary by Dan Chapman

This is a documentary about my brother, who has been a role model for me all my life. Thousands of people in many countries have also been influenced and inspired by him. This film is a window into an unusual creative community. The Stick has been used by groups like Aerosmith, King Crimson, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Robbie Robertson, Paula Cole, Tangerine Dream, The Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soliel, among many more from around the planet. – Dan