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McTell film writer to be in Thomson

Posted: April 6, 2016 - 12:00am

The Thomson-McDuffie County Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold a free public screening of the documentary film Blind Willie’s Blues on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Thomson Depot at 111 Railroad St.

After the screening, David Fulmer, the writer and producer of the movie, will give a brief talk and offer a question and answer session for the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Blind Willie’s Blues is a 54-minute documentary about the life, times and music of blues legend Blind Willie McTell.

The 1997 film features musicians Taj Mahal and Stefan Grossman, historian Daphne Duval Harrison, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, among others.

As the author of nine novels and one novella, Fulmer has won a Shamus Award and a Benjamin Franklin Award and has been nominated for an L.A. Times Book Prize, a Barry Award and a Falcon Award.

His novels have been selected for numerous “Best of” lists, including New York Magazine’s “Best Novels You’ve Never Read” and Atlanta Magazine’s “Best of the Shelf,” and have received superlative reviews from, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Detroit News, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.

His script and production credits include Invisible World – The Maya, Gam Saan – To Climb a Gold Mountain, the Americana radio series, and Blind Willie’s Blues, which Video Librarian called, “Nothing less than the economic, social and historical evolution of America’s indigenous music.”

Most recently, Fulmer joined a partnership with two veteran producers to develop a package to take his Storyville novels to premier television.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Fulmer now lives in Atlanta with his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.

Along with other projects, he is at work on the sixth novel in the Storyville series.

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