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The Making Of The Emmy-Winning Film “Songbirds”

A Gibson guitar.
Songbirds Foundation
A Gibson guitar.

In downtown Chattanooga, Songbirds once hosted the world’s largest collection of vintage guitars.

When the pandemic forced the museum to close two years ago, Dagan Beckett was there.

The Chattanooga native captured the museum’s final hours and its cultural impact as the director of the feature documentary “Songbirds,” which has won an Emmy and other awards.

On Sunday, a hometown screening of the film will be held at the Songbirds Foundation - at 35 Station Street. Doors open at 6 PM, with live music and then the film at 6:30 PM.

The screening will raise funds for the film’s global distribution initiative - and for the Foundation’s Guitars for Kids program.

I spoke with Dagan - and Irving Berner, one of the film’s producers.

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