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In her brief but spectacular career, Karen Dalton recorded a mere two albums and stayed away from the press. After passing away at 55, she was almost forgotten. But her biggest fans, including Bob Dylan, Nick Cave and filmmaker Wim Wenders (who produced this film), remember her well, her singular voice still in their hearts. A gifted singer-guitarist, Dalton was an unconventional star in the folk/blues scene of 1960s New York. In her shows, she mainly performed poetic and original renditions of famous hits. During the making of this film, as Cave, Dylan, and others confessed the significant influence Dalton had had on them, the filmmaker unearthed rare, previously unseen recordings of Dalton—including some original songs nobody knew had existed.

Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX, DOC NYC

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 01.07 | 20:45 | Cinematheque 2
  • Sun 04.07 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 4
  • Sat 10.07 | 16:30 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 31st

RICHARD PEETE is the founder of the production company Neighborhood Watch. Before
producing, Richard was a Prop Master on many award-winning films, including Blue Valentine (2010), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Frozen River (2008), and Winter’s Bone (2010). He produced Jeremy Saulnier’s critically acclaimed Blue Ruin (2013), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and Kevin Phillips’ Super Dark Times (2017), which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

ROBERT YAPKOWITZ is a New York-based filmmaker. He began his career working in the art department on various motion pictures and TV shows; since then he has shifted his focus to directing. His first feature length documentary Karen Dalton: In My Own Time premiered in late 2020.

Production: Richard Peete, Traci Carlson, Abby Horton, Conall Jones
Production Company: Neighborhood Watch
Editing: Lance Edmands, Robert Yapkowitz, Thomas Niles, Ed Yonaitis
Cinematography: Joe Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Kevin Phillips, Sam Wootton, Alex Galitano, Gabe Elder
Research: Elizabeth Hansen, Josh Kolenik
Sound Design: Colin Alexander
Music: Julia Holter