Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story


Capri Theater Sat, Apr 14, 2018 4:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Apr 26, 2018 9:25 PM
The Main 3 Wed, May 2, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Minnesota Made Documentary Feature Award
Best of Fest
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2018
Runtime:85 min
Website:Official Website
Director:John Whitehead
Producer:John Whitehead
Editor:John Whitehead


Special Guest John Whitehead Attending!

In 2010, The Carolina Chocolate Drops stunned the music world, taking home the Traditional Folk Album Grammy for their debut album, Genuine Negro Jig. Founded in 2005 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the old-time string band members included Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson, who were all inspired by the work of black fiddler Joe Thompson. As the documentary charts the band’s sudden rise, it also looks at the influence of their mentor, Thompson, and the African origins of the banjo.

Inspiring and informative, Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind reflects on the transformative power of music and how one band catapulted to the spotlight by paying tribute to a distinct sound that connected the past with the present and also continues to influence popular American music of today.

Director Biography

John Whitehead Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Whitehead is the founder of Fretless Films. He studied film production at New York University and worked as a Senior Producer in Twin Cities Public Television. His filmography includes award winning documentary Transplant: A Gift For Life (’12) and many others.



"Whitehead’s film is an outgrowth of his obsession with the origins and evolution of roots music." - Park Bugle


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