It started in 2013. A renowned contra dance photographer, Doug Plummer, announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund his 2014 contra dance calendar. His 2013 contra dance calendar featured the blissful joy of contra dancing with scenes of people contra dancing in a variety of settings. Doug is a talented and mindful photographer! One of the benefits of sponsoring his 2014 calendar was set at the $250 level: "I'll come to your regularly scheduled community dance and photograph it, and you can use the photos for publicity. Anywhere in the country, travel included. You might make the 2015 calendar."
What an incredible deal! I couldn't pass this up. I sponsored Doug's Kickstarter campaign, and he came to Coos Bay to photograph South Coast Folk Society's dance in 2014. Here are some of the pictures Doug took of our community.
Doug liked our community. He liked our plans for reaching out to our community to spread the joy of music, dance and song. He decided to make a documentary about the South Coast Folk Society and what we were doing to create a larger dance community.
The culmination of Doug's work over the past 8 years is coming into sight. At the "Take Hands" website, you can see the trailer, meet the characters and crew, and learn where/when you can watch the film.