"Marvelous Margaretville!" is a lively, revealing documentary about life in the magnificent northern Catskill Mountains of New York State in the early years of the 21st Century. It is meant to provide a record for posterity, as well as to enlighten those who have heard tales of this wondrous place, but want a better view of what small-town life in the mountains is really all about.
The film consists largely of interviews with local residents — full-timers and part-timers; old-timers and newcomers; young and old; rich and poor; farmers, artists, teachers, workers, students and a host of others — in which they express many shades of opinion, sometimes in stark contrast to one another, about the quality of their lives. The interviews are interspersed with scenes depicting not only the beauty of Delaware County's Catskill Park (in which greater Margaretville is located), but the myriad of activities and events that take place there throughout the year.
"Marvelous Margaretville!" was a year in the making, and, as far as can be ascertained, is the first full-length documentary to be centered on Margaretville and its sister villages and hamlets of Andes, Arkville, Big Indian, Denver, Bovina Center, Fleischmanns, Halcottsville, High Mount, Kelly Corners, New Kingston, Roxbury, Roxbury Run, and Pine Hill.
While it focuses on Margaretville, this colorful and thought-provoking film provides, by extension, a glimpse of life throughout the Catskills and, in fact, of rural America in general.
On November 8th, 2006 Grey, Jason Harbour, and Mikey Harbour assembled in a dimly lit room at Db Studios in Enid, OK to record an acoustic history of Grey, an indie rock artist whose 2002 music video collection won Best Music Video at the 2003 Bare Bones Film Festival. In the next four hours, they would record 15 songs. "The songs range from me playing and singing on my own to just Jason and I playing together, to Jason, Mikey, and I playing together, "says Grey.
The songs featured in Acoustic Grey span from the early years of Faded Colours to Words & Music, Grey's 2006 release, described as a mix of "gospel backings, lush arrangements with an all American sound," by P.D. Stanley of the UK indie magazine, The Plastic Ashtray.
D. Lang (Editor, Liquid Wind, The Hebrew Project) took the 1,500 mile journey from San Francisco to Enid to document the occasion in a 72 minute film for Screaming Butterfly Productions."The idea was to create a video that would show my songs in their infant stages," says Grey.
Grey teamed up with Dave Skinner, of the group 3 Legged Monkey, to record, mix, and master the music at Db Studios. Lang, who has previously featured the musician in her projects, spent the next several months perfecting the videos, and releasing individual videos to youtube.com, the most popular of which is "Story Book Love," from Grey's 2000 release, Colours. The video project also features audio commentary by Grey, explaining the history behind the featured songs. The audio commentary was recorded at Grey Havens Studios.
"In the end we were left with 15 songs that went well and represented a 20 year period of songwriting," said Grey.
Listen to Grey explaining how the project itself came about: http://www.archive.org/details/GreyIntroductiontoAcousticGrey/
Find out more about Grey: http://greycolours.hypermart.net
Honorable Mention at 2008 Bare Bones International Film Festival