Music and Film Light Up The Dome
More than 70 people gathered for a debut screening of “Anchor Me Here,” a short film about loss and recovery in Rockaway, and a performance by banjo virtuoso Morgan O’Kane.
O’Kane, originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and two fellow musicians stirred up a mix of deep Appalachian mountain music that had the audience stomping, clapping and even dancing.
O’Kane played banjo while one band mate played paired spoons and the other played Dobro slide guitar. O’Kane added his own percussion by using a tambourine at his feet and a drum-pedal equipped traveling case.
Filmmaker Laura Egan next introduced “Anchor Me Here,” described as a “short film narrative meditating on the evolution of recovery: catalyst and loss, resilience and rebuilding.”
Several guests stretched out on the wooden floor to fully enjoy the film, which was projected on the Dome’s ceiling.
An Esquire review said of the 4 minute 59 second film, “it captures the emotions everyone who was affected felt: loss, melancholy, uncertainty. But then…you see familiar, gorgeous shots of children laughing, women singing gospel music, workers shaping wood and painting houses...and you remember we got through it the same way we always do.” As dusk gathered in the Dome, O’Kane and company struck up another lively set as “Anchor Me Here” played once again, without sound.
Dome organizers are looking forward to more well-received programs like this one.