Rachel Leah Jones
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When a Californian with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish Flamenco guitarist in Andalucian boots, what happens along the way and behind the scenes? Gypsy Davy tells the story of David Jones, stage name - "David Serva," from the perspective of his five women and five children - one of whom is the director. After all, who knows the man who came and saw and conquered, strumming their pain with his fingers, killing them softly with his song, better than they? Part duel and part duet between a guitar-wielding father and a camera-pointing daughter - the film is a personal and political portrait of a man, a family, a generation. Shot over a ten-year period in five countries across three continents, and featuring some of the finest old-school Gypsy Flamenco artists as well as some of the hottest names in American and Spanish alternative rock (not to mention a title song made famous by Woody Guthrie), Gypsy Davy is much more than another hunt-down-the-absent-father movie, it's a home-made epic. Gypsy Davy uncoils a mesmerizing story of many hearts wound around one man. Traveling through a labyrinth of hidden meanings, filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones documents her beguiling journey toward her elusive father. As she retraces his path, she pioneers a new one for herself. Free of sentimentality or self-indulgence, Jones's wry, self-reflective narration provides a compass for navigating one family's knotted web of mysteries and betrayals. As the revelations mount, her editing ingeniously interlocks time sequences, characters, and archival material into a resounding and life-affirming whole. Serva's yearning, hypnotic guitar score serves as the connective tissue throughout the film, immersing us in his primary and most enduring love affair - his music. What once pulled a family apart now binds a film together, and perhaps a tangled collection of souls into kin.