Songs Inside The Box, the cigar box guitar documentary
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Bobby Hamilton and Shane Speal - watercolor by Yuri Ozaki Songs Inside The Box includes music performed by cigar box guitar artists from across the US. Most of the documentary was shot at the 3rd Annual Cigar Box Guitar Extravaganza in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Extravaganza is organized each year by Decatur, Alabama artist and musician, Matt Crunk, who began building his own instruments several years ago. It takes place at the Flying Monkey Arts Center, a not for profit community arts collective. The Flying Monkey is housed in Lowe Mill, an old cotton mill that was used as an amunition factory during World War II. The loading dock makes a wonderful outdoor performance area and is the setting for most of the performances in Songs Inside The Box. Artist Yuri Ozaki, who has a shop in the Flying Monkey, was onhand making beautiful watercolors of the performers which we used in the opening and closing sequences of the documentary. The backdrop for the stage was created by Matt Crunk.

Other events have brought together groups of cigar box guitar enthusiasts, but the 3rd Annual Cigar Box Guitar Extravaganza was lovingly called "the world's largest cigar box guitar concert ever!"

Shane SpealtiMOTHy RennerJohnny Lowebow

"I got me a cigar box... and got me a tune out of it. I kept my tune and I played from then on."
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Songs Inside The Box
a documentary by Max Shores

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