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Troubadour Blues

It is appropriate that Troubadour Blues, Tom Weber’s new documentary on life on the road for folk musicians, will have its world premiere this Friday opening the Buffalo International Film Festival.

Higher Ground

It’s not at all surprising that the movies, financially compelled to attract as wide an audience as possible, generally shy away from religion. In recent years there have been a handful of Christian-produced films that are about as mass market as Christian rock, which is to say strictly preaching to the choir. And there’s no lack at the other end, movies in which religious belief is shorthand for “loony.” Any serious take on the subject is likely to be met with either indifference or antagonism, particularly given the religious right’s noisy tendency to condemn anything which they (often inaccurately) see as disagreeing with them. Better not even to stir that cauldron.

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