Karen Dalton: In My Own Time


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Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Release Year:2020
Runtime:85 min
Print Source:Greenwich Entertainment
Director:Robert Yapkowitz
Richard Peete
Executive Producer:Wim Wenders
Producer:Traci Carlson
Richard Peete
Cinematographer:Joe Anderson
Ryan Dickie
Gabriel Elder
Alex Gallitano
Richard Peete
Kevin Phillips
Sam Wootton
Editor:Lance Edmands
Robert Yapkowitz
Ed Yonaitis
Thomas Niles
Composer:Julia Holter


Even the most devoted fans of the 1960s folk music scene often fail to recognize the name Karen Dalton. But this singular talent influenced a number of musicians, including the likes of Bob Dylan and Nick Cave. Directors Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete’s intimate documentary reveals a name you’ve probably never heard of, and will not soon forget.

Twice divorced by the time she was 21, Dalton grabbed her twelve-string guitar, long-neck banjo and her kids and headed to Greenwich Village. There, her hauntingly distinct voice and lovely melodies captivated adoring audiences, including the many established musicians. Though she recorded only two albums, which Cave has described as occupying "a despairing world," Dalton developed a devoted following. Directors Yapkowitz and Peete unearth hard-to-find radio interviews, lost photos, and Dalton’s own gorgeous music to create a portrait of a beautiful and troubled soul. “[A]bove all [the documentary] listens — and invites us to do the same.” --Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Biography

Richard Peete is an executive producer at Neighborhood Watch Films, and has been involved with numerous features, including Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. In My Own Time: A Portrait of Karen Dalton (2020) is his debut feature.

Robert Yapkowitz is an art director who has worked on numerous features, including Eat Pray Love, Robot & Frank, and the TV show Billions, among many others. In My Own Time: A Portrait of Karen Dalton (2020) is his debut feature.