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NEVADA CITY, California, November 2, 2021— International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) was held in Croatia on October 23-25 and included over 1,000 entries from around the world. The ISFMF is in its eight consecutive years of recognizing exceptional musical efforts on film. Nevada County was represented in the film festival by the documentary video short “An Evening with Ellen.” The soundtrack features the Earles of Newtown’s original song Broad Street Suite as its score.
“An Evening with Ellen” is a short historical documentary centered on the life and times of suffragist Ellen Clark Sargent. This video was produced by the Famous Marching Presidents, written and directed by Pamela Biery with actors Mary Baird and Rick Ewald.
Earles of Newtown band manager Rick Ewald is delighted that this Nevada County original is making its music heard globally. “We are busy right now recording and couldn’t be happier to learn that this smokey, bluesy, creative title track has attracted this important early recognition. The entire video project was a local labor of love dedicated to Nevada County history.”
About Earles of Newtown
Earles of Newtown is an Electric Gypsy Jazz band that cross-pollinates vintage and modern beat culture into an intoxicating crowd-pleasing elixir. This Vaudevillian-inspired musical circus of a band is comprised of an 8-piece wrecking crew of heavy hitters recruited throughout Northern California. Earles of Newtown’s focus is on great original music that provides audiences with a highly entertaining stage presence. The band includes lead singer/washboard expert, Chad Conner Crow, with founding member Earle Ford on trumpet and co-vocalist as well as Western Swing Hall of a Fame member, guitarist Bob Woods and a full big-band sound of A-list players. New music is being recorded and will be available after the first of the year. More information can be found at www.earlesofnewtown.com for details.
About “An Evening with Ellen”
Nevada City, California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally of Susan B. Anthony. Sargent served as both treasurer and secretary of the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA); an organization founded by Susan B. Anthony. Ellen Sargent also was president of the California Woman Suffrage Association and founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters. Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents has produced a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host. See the video here.