Fotdella follows Ryan Baer, a Canadian street musician - influenced by San Francisco one-man-band legend Jesse Fuller - as he constructs instruments from salvaged junk and performs in markets, ragtag parades, beach towns and underground spaces. As it drifts from Lake Huron to Berlin, the film captures the solitudes and celebrations of nostalgic touring bands who recycle 20th century blues, jazz and folk cultures. Fotdella tinkers with intimate and surreal performances to present a world of hacksaws, tubas, washboards and song staged between a transnational present and an imagined past. The tactile mechanics of DIY music making are accentuated through raw performances by Frog and Henry, Jesse Fuller, Ryan Baer, Dave Neigh and Ever-Lovin' Jug Band.
Featuring rare archival footage of Jesse Fuller's last public concert.
Funding Support: Ontario Arts Council and Filmmaker's Assistance Program (National Film Board of Canada)
For screening inquiries, contact Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC).
Awards: Best Canadian Documentary Short - Regina International Film Festival
Jesse Fuller (1970) - Still from "Portrait: Jesse Fuller"
Courtesy of Bay Area Television Archive
HD + Super 8mm
Completion Date: June 1, 2018
No Cable Productions
director of photography
sound edit + design
assistant editing + titles
main musical performers
(a.k.a frog and henry)
additional performers - sewer show
ever-lovin' jug band
archival footage of jesse fuller
Bay Area Television Archive
licensed from Kron TV
poster + illustration
Ontario Arts Council
National Film Board of Canada-
Filmmakers Assistance Program
Regina International Film Festival
Winner of Best Canadian Documentary Short
Regina International Film Festival 2021
Location: 404 Dutton Dr. (K-W Wing), Waterloo, ON
Time: Arrive at 7:30pm to secure a seat
Screenings start at 7:45pm