The Groove Productions is a documentary film and video production company located in Durham, North Carolina. Our passion is sharing stories that present authentic voices of the human experience and working collaboratively on projects that better our world.

Since our founding, we have specialized in projects that support the good work of community groups and non-profits working for social change. At the heart of our work is the collaborative process. We begin with a realistic assessment of budget and organizational goals. We then invite folks into the pre-production process, accessing the expertise and experience of those who can participate in the crafting of compelling, moving stories.

We offer full pallette of video production services from shooting events and interviews to editing video footage and photographs to producing promotional and educational videos.

Kenny Dalsheimer founded The Groove Productions in 1996 after teaching middle school social studies for ten years at Carolina Friends School.  Since switching gears and careers Kenny has split his time creating locally inspired and regional documentaries, producing videos for community organizations and non-profits, and teaching youth video workshops.   

The Groove Productions took its name from Kenny's first film project – Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange Country Speedway. The groove is a racing term for, "the fastest route around the track, the most efficient or quickest way around the track for a particular driver."  

Kenny invites you to call or email with video, film and youth video workshop ideas.

Film & Project News

We are excited to share news of our latest documentary project. Kenny began production work on You Gave Me A Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard, documenting performances, rehearsals,recording sessions, workshops, and more.The film follows legendary musician, songwriter, and documentarian Alice Gerrard over a year as she and her friends and collaborators reflect on her half-century of performing, documenting, and teaching about old-time and traditional music. The film is a fiscally sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), a 501(C)3. You can learn more and make an early contribution to the project via our SDF project page here.

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty continues to be seen on PBS affiliates across the US as part of the Reel South series. Check your local listings for upcoming broadcasts. If your local PBS station is not airing this series, shoot them an email requesting that they pick up this great collection of docs.

Peace in Our Pockets received the Best Overall Documentary Feature award at the 2016 Longleaf Film Festival in Raleigh, NC. The film screened at Fresh Docs early in the year. Fresh Docs is a program of the Southern Documentary Fund. We have a limited number of DVDs to share with supporters and peacebuilders. And we're very excited to be streaming the film to educational institutions across the US and around the world via Kanopy Streaming.

Peace in Our Pockets had its first screenings in Nairobi, Tana Delta, Kenya, South Sudan, and the Hague. The film was an Official Selection at the Global Peace Film Festiva 2015. Check out the review in Building Peace, an online journal of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Visit our film website to learn more about the project and how you can see host and sponsor screenings. Finally, follow us on Twitter (@PIOPfilm) and Facebook.

Kenny produced a video for the Alliance for Disability Advocates in Raleigh to promote the NC Youth Leadership Forum. The forum is, "a dedicated group of people of all ages and abilities based out of North Carolina that seeks to promote independence, peer relations and advocacy among today's generation. We do this by holding a yearly YLF in our state's capital. With the passing of the ADA in 1990, the current generation's opportunity for advancement is higher than it ever has been before, and we seek to take full advantage of the blossoming movement to educate ourselves and others about everything from disability history, to the independent living movement and important lawmakers and revolutionaries".

Hello My Friend: The Story of the Afghan Sisters School Partnership, tells the inspiring story of a decade long intercultural exchange and service project between Carolina Friends School and the Topchi School in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. The video is near completion and will be shared with educators and school adminstrators across the US to inspire peace education, service learning, intercultural exchange, and community development.

A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden is now streaming via Kanopy to educators and students across the US and around the world. You can find the film here. The film is also available on DVD and Blu Ray and is again being sold as a bundle with Silvia's book, "The Making of Modern Tapestry". Order at aweaverlypath.com.

Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty is now available on DVD and Blu Ray. The film is a celebration of Patrick Dougherty’s majestic art and an exploration of how childhood fascinations feed the soul of this amazingly prolific and insightful artist. Visit the film website to learn more and purchase the film for your home, university, school, public library, and museum.


Patrick Dougherty sculpture in process in Highlands, NC, June 2010.

A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden
offers an intimate portrait of Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden and a year of weaving inspired by the Eno river in Durham, NC.
Learn more at www.aweaverlypath.com

A New Kind of Listening received the Humanitarian Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has been acquired by over 100 University libraries around the world. Educators and students can now stream the film via Kanopy here.

A New Kind of Listening was awarded the 2010 TASH Postive Images in the Media Award. The award honors films which promote positive images of people with disabilities and contributes to the elimination of stereotypes by portraying people with disabilities and their lives accurately and in respect of the complexities of being human.

Visit our new website to learn about The Inclusive Arts Campaign and check out our new Blog. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @anewlistening




The story of a visionary director, a one-of-a-kind theater group and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life. 
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BENDING SPACE:
Georges Rousse and the Durham Project


Now streaming to educators and students at colleges across the US and around the world. Check it out here. Visit the film website and purchase DVDs at – bendingspacethefilm.com

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We are very happy to share classics from our first years of producing documentary film here in Durham. Students and faculty at universities across the US and around the world can now watch Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues and Go Fast, Turn Left: Voices from Orange County Speedway via Kanopy Streaming. Both films are also available for home viewing on Vimeo Shine On and Go Fast, Turn Left.

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CURRENT & PAST PROJECTS

 

Hello My Friend:
The Story of the Afghan Sisters School Partnership
– 2015
Kenny is producing this advocacy video about a 12 year pen pal, intercultural exchange, and service learning project between students at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC and the Topchi School in Bamiyan Province, Aghanistan. Told by students, parents, teachers, and Afghan partners, the video shares how the letter writing has deepened understanding across cultures and replaced stereotypes with individual stories of students with hopes, challenges, and dreams.


The North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum
– Summer 2015
The Alliance for Disability Advocates asked Kenny to create a video and share the story of the NC Youth Leadership Forum, a week-long gathering of NC youth with disabilities that empowers, educates, and energizes. This special project fosters emerging youth and young adult leaders, teaching them to advocate in each of their communities and for themselves.

Clean Tech Summit 2015, UNC-Chapel Hill
– Winter 2015
This piece follows UNC senior environmental scince student as she explores the 2015 Clean Tech Summit held in February 2015 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Kenny shot and edited the video and worked closely with UNC staff and graduate students and with several videographers. The summit is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler's Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

The Newcomers School, Greensboro
– 2013-2014
Kenny worked with student videographers at the Newcomers School in Greensboro, NC to record interviews and document art projects that encourage interdisciplinary thinking and creativity.

Artist Residency Davenport Elementary – Winter/Spring 2012
Kenny worked with students at Davenport A+ Elementary School in Lenoir, NC on a video project, "Respect and Responsibility". Students recorded interdisciplinary and art activities in the 4th grade classes and interviewed teachers and community leaders. The video premiered at the April 2012 PTA mtg with over 200 in attendance. Thanks to the NC Arts Council for supporting the project and to everyone in the Davenport community who helped make this happen.

Clean Energy Durham/City of Durham Project – Fall 2011
Producing a video about the Neighborhood Energy Retrofit Program (NERP), a partnership with the City of Durham, Clean Energy Durham, Advance Energy, and local businesses that reduces energy consumption in over 600 homes in Durham by 20 percent.

NC Museum of Art ArtsNC Project – Fall 2011
Web video presenting the Concept Explorer tool on the ArtsNC website. The tool helps teachers integrate art into core subject areas and promote interdisciplinary learning.

Durham Arts Council/Lakeview School Arts Partnership
– Fall 2011
A video portrait of the CAPS (Creative Arts in the Public and Private School) Program of the Durham Arts Council which brings professional teaching artist to Lakeview School.

Seasons of Change, NC – Summer 2011
Kenny produced two short video portraits of NC famers to accompany a state-wide museum exhibit about climate change and how environmental changes impact the livelihood of farmers.

Workshops with Communities in Schools of Orange Cty, NC – Spring 2011
Kenny worked with a group of middle schoolers at Gravelly Hills Middle School After School Program in Efland, NC. Students created haiku video poems. Thanks to Communities in Schools of Orange County for supporting arts in the schools.

NC Museum of Art - Art of Collaboration Workshops – 2011
Kenny is working with student videographers at two Mebane, NC middle schools to document a year of arts integration projects and will edit a piece for an April 2011 celebration.

NC Museum of Art - Art of Collaboration Video – Spring 2010
Kenny edited a short video shot by students and teachers at schools across NC. The Art of Collaboration integrates arts education into traditional classrooms and encourages multidisciplinary thinking about art, culture and society.

Genesis Home of Durham - The Path Home – 2009 
Video celebrating 20 year anniversary of this great non-profit in our city. Learn more about their many years of work to end homelessness for families with children and young adults at genesishome.org

Bacon Street School Workshop 
Spring 2009
Five 9th graders worked with Kenny to create oral history projects focused on elders in their lives. Students interviewed family members, neighbors and teachers exploring key events in history and the power of memory to inform our present.

Durham Nativity School Winter 2009
Kenny worked with four 8th graders to produce biographical videos about students lives, interests, hopes and dreams.  The project was supported in part through the Durham Arts Council's CAPS program. The video was shared with members of the school community at the end-of-year assembly in May.


Achievement Academy of Durham Video
Fall 2008
The Achievement Academy of Durham empowers hard-working, at-risk students, who have dropped out of high school, to become productive, successful members of the community through obtaining a North Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma and postsecondary education. Kenny produced a short video that told the story of this great non-profit through the voices of students, staff and youth advocates in Durham.


 
The Hero Book Project Spring 2008


 
Kenny and artist Rachel Galper worked with a group of high school students on a project inspired by an international initiative developed by the Ten Million Memory Project (10MMP), Hero Books offer opportunities to translate daily triumphs and heroism into deeper community involvement. Students created their own hero books, art and writing and Kenny is editing a short video about the project. Look for a presentation of student work and screening of the video this spring. The Hero Book Project has received generous support from Durham Parks and Recreation, Stone Circles, and the People’s Alliance.  

Bacon Street School – Fall 2007
 

Kenny completed a video production workshop with high school students and teachers at Bacon Street School during the fall of 2007. Students produced a short video – Lakeview School: The Bacon Street Campus. The video explores the program and philosophy of Bacon Street School, one of several important alternative schools in the Durham Public Schools. The Bacon Street workshops are sponsored by Creative Arts in the Public and Private Schools (CAPS) of the Durham Arts Council, Lakeview School, Durham Public Schools, and Bull City Arts Collaborative. Let Kenny know if you’d like to see a copy of this educational, entertaining project and learn more about Bacon Street School.

 
Genesis Home Video – October 2007 
Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children and young people by providing housing and supportive services to foster independence.  Kenny produced Genesis Home Stories in October ‘07 which was screened at a fall event to support the good work of this organization.

BENDING SPACE: Community PremiereSept 10, 2007  

BENDING SPACE: Georges Rousse and The Durham Project premiered to a packed Fletcher Hall crowd at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.  Georges and Anne Marie Rousse flew in from Paris to be part of the documentary’s launch beyond the Bull City.

The film’s website includes George’s final Durham photos and other works, film clips, and a multi-media archive of the Rousse Project.

DVD's can be ordered at the website.
 
Justice in the Mirror Documentary Project Spring 2007
Kenny worked with Bacon Street School students and social studies teacher Justin Rydstrom on this interdisciplinary documentary project, Students selected historic/current social issues, interviewed area experts, and produced short documentaries to completed by the end of the school year. The project was a residency sponsored in part by the Durham Arts Council’s CAPS program.
 
Civil Rights, My Life  Winter 2006-2007



Kenny completed the second installment of this youth media arts project – a collaboration with A New Day, the Criminal Justice Resource Center, Spirit House and other volunteers and artists. Over forty people attended a screening of impressive student projects and documentary work on February 11, 2007.  
   

Workshops at A New Day Juvenile Day Reporting Center 2000-2005

 

Kenny thanks Program Director Amy Elliott for facilitating and supporting many great projects with middle and high school students. And special thanks to the students who contributed video, writing, stories and more to the documentary Choices and Change.


EARLY FILM PROJECTS

 

SHINE ON: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues  (2000)

The story of one man's journey through blues music to spiritual redemption. 82-year-old Richard Trice was the last survivor of the heyday of the blues in Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s.

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Richard Trice and John Dee Holeman
Photo courtesy of Lorraine Tipaldi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GO FAST, TURN LEFT: Voices from Orange Country Speedway
(1997)

The first film project (thanks to Cal and Michael for kick-starting it) And special thanks to the track owners and staff and especialy the drivers and their families for sharing stories, history, and experiences about short track racing and this historic track.

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Walking Miracles 
(2001)
A collaboration with Barbara Dickinson and Jeff Storer. The film is based on a theatrical and dance work produced by Barbara and Jeff and tells the stories of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.