By MOVIES NEWS DESK
C.F. Martin & Co. ® has spent 2016 celebrating the 100th anniversary of its most iconic guitar body size – the Martin Dreadnought (1916-2016), known worldwide as the most replicated body size in the world. A highlight of the yearlong celebration was the award-winning documentary film produced by Martin Guitar entitled, “Ballad of the Dreadnought”, which can be viewed at http://bit.ly/dreadnoughtballad. Since its online premiere on May 5, 2016, the film has been viewed over 50,000 times and has also been officially selected by various prestigious film festivals, including the 2017 San Luis Obisbo International Film Festival, Holly Shorts Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and the USA Film Festival.
“The iconic Dreadnought model has been such an important and integral part of American music history and our company’s legacy for a century now,” says Chris F. Martin IV, Chairman and CEO of Martin Guitar. “This beautifully-made film celebrates the indelible impact of the Dreadnought and also showcases the appreciation and artistry of countless generations of musicians past and present who have used the Dreadnought to create memorable music.”
The “Ballad of the Dreadnought” highlights Martin Dreadnought’s long, illustrious history in American music over the past century, its historic roots and the amazing array of legendary music artists past and present, from country to pop/rock to folk to Americana to bluegrass, who have made the Martin Dreadnought a key part of their own musical legacies. The film is narrated by actor and musician Jeff Daniels and features interviews with Martin Guitar’s Chairman & CEO Chris Martin IV, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Miller, Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury, Vince Gill, Fred Oster (Vintage Instruments), George Gruhn (Gruhn Guitars), Jason Isbell, Seth Avett (The Avett Brothers), Sturgill Simpson and many more.
“Martin Guitar created the Dreadnought guitar, the most iconic and replicated guitar body size in the world,” said Amani Duncan, Martin’s VP Brand Marketing and Executive Producer. “To be able to work with Martin’s Chairman and CEO Chris Martin IV, our creative agency Lehigh Mining and Navigation, Director John Sterling Ruth and all the talented singer/songwriters and industry buffs who were thrilled to share with the world their own Martin Dreadnought stories resulted in a truly a rewarding experience for everyone involved. The story of the Martin Guitar Dreadnought is one guitar enthusiasts worldwide should know.”