Upcoming Screenings

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Celtic Connections
Q&A with Alasdair Fraser and Tommie Dell Smith
Jan 29-Feb 3, 2018
* Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Documentary Director, Best Documentary Editor (Elizabeth Finlayson)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:00 p.m.
Part of Scopitone Café with a lively post-screening hang-out discussion and live music. Free admission.
Q&A with Director Tommie Dell Smith
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Sponsored by Dunkeld Strathspey and Reel Society
Dunkeld, Scotland
Q&A with Director Tommie Dell Smith
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Beaton House Concert
Qualicom, BC, Canada
With Alasdair Fraser in attendance
Sunday, March 18, 2018,10:45 a.m.
Niel Gow Festival
Birnam Institute
Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire


Sunday, October 8, 2017, 10 a.m.
Q&A with Director Tommie Dell Smith
Nov. 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
SDFF Best of the Fest, Thursday, Sebastopol, CA
Q&A with Director Tommie Dell Smith
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
Arena Theater, Point Arena, CA
Q&A with Director Tommie Dell Smith via Skype
Sunday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. 
Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Post screening conversation:
with Christine Yorston & Carley Williams Leith

Nevada City | We Were Back by Popular Demand! 
One night only. Sunday, August 6, 2017
Nevada Theater, 7:00 p.m.

Edinburgh International Film Festival
June 21-July 2, 2017 Public Screenings
“The Groove is Not Trival”
Saturday, 1 July 1 at 18:10 Odeon 4
Sunday, 2 July at 13:15 Odeon 4

Nevada City Premiere - June 15 & 18, 2017
“The Groove is Not Trivial” makes its Nevada City/Grass Valley premiere. Nevada Theatre, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15 & 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 18. Alasdair Fraser, Tommie Smith and Kate Fritz will be present for Q&A on Thursday, Tommie and Kate will be there on Sunday.

Mendocino Film Festival - June 1-4, 2017
A Pat’s Picks Special Program
"The Groove is Not Trivial."
12:30 p.m., Sun., June 4 in the Festival Tent.

Ashland, OR

“Congratulations! The Groove is Not Trivial has been chosen from more than 900 submissions to be an official selection of the 16th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival! The festival takes place April 6th – 10th, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share this film with our audiences here in Ashland, OR.”

Ashland dates, times and locations:
Thursday, April 6, 6:40 p.m., Varsity 3
Friday, April 7, 09:50 a.m., Varsity 2
Monday, April 10, 9:40 p.m., Varsity 3


March 23-26, 2017
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol, CA

This uplifting film is so rich in history, storytelling & music that it will be an impressive addition to the festival. –Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Friday, April 14 & Sunday, April 17, 2017
Filmmaker Q&A at Friday screening

Sonoma Film Institute
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Viewer Feedback

"Your touch was light and musical throughout, and the cut danced from beginning to end!"

"So much more than a portrait of a truly inspirational musician. . . a fantastic job of capturing his essence and weaving together many  deep layers about community, feeding our souls and self expression."

"The film elegantly portrayed a life of a person who has begun to awaken the 'inner groove' of many of us. It has driven home the message of how short life is, and how precious our time on earth is."

"Music is what all indigenous cultures have had and used to stay connected. The cello takes it so much deeper and the fiddle keeps it high. They are perfect together..."

"So much more powerful and comprehensive than an hour's interview could ever be."

"The photography and music were brilliant.  What I loved most was the story told about a shy boy turned virtuoso musician, philosopher, and pied piper. It was elegantly wrapped into a theme and bigger story about an approach to music, love, individual growth, artistic growth, the groove, a cultural renaissance, a political surge to independence and a courage to standing up for what you believe in. It was a reminder that there is a rapture to be found in living, embracing these philosophies and engaging in the musical journey that Alasdair has taken us on."

"What a wonderful film. Worked magnificently from start to finish."

"I was repeatedly moved and delighted."

". . . beautifully shot, and so sensitively edited, and perfectly paced, an uplifting experience to watch!"

“toe-tappingly beautiful . . . brilliantly presented story of subversive empowerment” –Gil Mansergh, Film Critic

“This documentary is a work of art! It was a privilege to be in the packed house last night for the showing; thanks to all who made it happen!”

“I was totally caught off guard by the emotional power of it.”

“Do yourselves a huge favor and watch this! INCREDIBLE!’ 

“Thank you for this important film. You’ve shown us our story in a way that no one has ever done before.” –EIFF audience member

 “a great film and an important addition to the development of trad music”–Duncan MacInnes, Artistic Director, the Skye Festival

“. . . one of the finest documentaries on the theme of traditional music I have ever seen.” — Mick Moloney, Irish musician and Folklorist, NYU Global Distinguished Professor