For the Love of the Mambo

A documentary by Marsha Baxter
Doyle Dean shoots and edits video in northern New York State.  He worked in Los Angeles as a writer, director, producer, and editor for ten years; taught video art and humanities courses in Indiana for six years; and makes music using chance and codes under the name The Utility Project.  Doyle wrote, produced, and directed a feature film entitled Four Way Stop in 1998; produced and edited a documentary about contemporary artist Patrick Dougherty  and occasionally exhibits his own sound and video pieces.  He has been a resident of Potsdam, New York since 2008.
Marsha Baxter (producer)  currently teaches at State University of New York at Potsdam, where she directs the Crane Latin Ensemble Norte Tropical. As part of her dissertation fieldwork at Teachers College, Columbia University, Marsha studied the zaponas [panpipes] with an Ecuadorian master musician and subway performer; the dizi with a former professor of the Beijing Conservatory; and the cedar flute with a Native American storyteller and musician. She has also studied pre-Columbian music with a Huichol Indian in Guadalajara, Mexico. Marsha is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious SUNY President's Award for Excellence in Research and/or Teaching Relating to Cultural Diversity.  Recent publications include Voices of Resistance, Voices of Transcendence: Musicians as Models of the Poetic-Political Imagination and From the Bandstand to the Classroom: Thinking and Playing Grooves  (MEJ; in-press).  Marsha teaches Comprehensive Musicianship at Teachers College, Columbia University each summer.


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