Alan Govenar is an award-winning writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker. He is president of Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization he founded to advance essential perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Govenar is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of more than thirty books, including Boccaccio in the Berkshires, Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound, Stompin&rsquo at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller, Extraordinary Ordinary People: Five American Masters of Traditional Arts, Untold Glory, Everyday Music, and The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues. Govenar's film, Stoney Knows How was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival. Govenar has produced and directed numerous films independently and in association with NOVA, La Sept/ARTE, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and First Run Features.

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