Directed by Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam

  • Winner of Best Canadian Documentary Short – Regina International Film Festival (2021)”
  • Best Documentary Nominee – Charlotte Town Film Festival (2021)”

Documentary, 20 min (Canada-Germany, 2019)

Fotdella tinkers with intimate and surreal performance footage to present a world of hacksaws, tubas, washboards and song staged between a transnational present and an imagined past. Featuring rare archival footage of Jesse Fuller’s last public concert, the film sheds light on the ways that Black jazz and blues street musicians have had a lasting global impact on future generations of musicians, audiences and music subcultures. The tactile mechanics of DIY music making are accentuated through raw performances by Frog and Henry, Jesse Fuller, Ryan Baer, Dave Neigh and Ever Luvin’ Jug Band. 

Official Website

Funding Support: National Film Board of Canada and Ontario Arts Council



Official Selections:

Canada Shorts Film Festival, Award of Commendation – Nov 30, 2021, Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival – Oct 15 – 21, 2021, Charlottetown International Film Festival – Oct 22 – 24, 2021, Kitchener-Waterloo Film Festival 2021, Regina International Film Festival 2021, “Best Shot of a Concert” at Log Cinema Music Festival – 2021 (Miami), Whakapappa Film Festival (Irsina, Italy) 2020

For screening inquiries, contact Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC).

Watch Fotdella here

Poster by Julia Narveson

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