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Community Connection: "Cue the Strings - a film about Low" with Alan Sparhawk

Three people on a large expanse of frozen water, two sit in a rowboat on top of the ice while one person stands
Philip Harder

The Duluth band Low has incorporated video into their art since the early 90s. Thirty years later, decades of videos have been compiled to create Cue the Strings - a film about Low, showing at 7pm at the Norshor Theatre on Thursday October 5th as part of the Duluth Superior Film Festival.

The process for Low has always been one of minimalism; regarding both video and music. "Due to just the nature of DIY, low budget production, in art sometimes you just have to jump into the elements that are given to you and see what happens," says Low founding member Alan Sparhawk of the band's first video which was filmed on frozen Lake Superior. "A lot of times when you establish some parameters sometimes it's a catalyst for ideas."

For Sparhawk, witnessing the film has been difficult, if not impossible, since the passing of bandmate and spouse Mimi Parker in November of 2022. Though marketing indicates Sparhawk's presence at the event on Thursday night, he will likely not attend. He does, however, express support for others to view the film. "I'm glad it's there. I'm glad people can see it."

You can hear Community Connection every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am on Northland Morning. This edition of Community Connection is made possible in part by Lakewalk Surgery Center.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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