Blaine Dunlap (Preservista, New Orleans)
preserved the original ½” EIAJ videotape of Radio Net on DigiBeta.
Radio Net (1977) 25 min.
Director: Margaret Gregg
Videographer: Lynn Bennett
Editor: Tom Christy
Produced by Broadside TV
This pioneering video piece documents artist Max Neuhaus and his creation of a "live" audio art piece (also entitled Radio Net) on a National Public Radio broadcast, January 1, 1977.
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BLAINE DUNLAP, pioneering folklore video documentarian, studied cinema verite editing with Stephen Schmidt and experimental television with David Dowe at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. In 1974 he joined Broadside TV, the Tennessee-based community video cooperative. In 1975 he teamed up with video artist Sol Korine; on 12/27/1977, their “Showdown at the Hoedown,” became the first folklore video documentary to be nationally broadcast on Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The partners made “Hamper McBee: Raw Mash,” presented by WNET-TV's "Non-Fiction Television" to PBS, April 6, 1979; and “The Uncle Dave Macon Program,” presented by the Georgia Education Television's Network (GETV) to PBS, December 7, 1980.
On May 28, 1981, GETV/PBS began airing Korine-Dunlap's “Southbound” a ten-part anthology roots music series consisting of three new works -- “Mouth Music,” (Korine- Dunlap); “Give the World a Smile,” (Gretchen Robinson); “Gimble's Swing,” (Ken Harrison) -- and seven national premieres, including“Give My Poor Heart Ease,” (William Ferris): “Chulas Fronteras,”(Les Blank)” and “Fannie Bell Chapman” (Judy Pieser), and “This Cat Can Play Anything, (Stevenson Palfi, Andrew Kolker, and Eddie Kurtz). The series gave most American television viewers their first video experience with the Blues, Tex-Mex, Black Gospel,White Gospel, Cajun,Western Swing, and traditional Appalachian music.
Dunlap went on to make documentaries for Turner Broadcasting, and to co-produce two anthology series of independent film and videos for The Learning Channel: “Are We On?” and “Played In the USA.”
Blaine Dunlap is a Guggenheim Fellow and lives in New Orleans with his two young daughters, where he now devotes full time to identifying and preserving the work of independent videomakers.